Egidio Marzona

Egidio Marzona is an art collector and patron of the arts based in Germany and Italy. In the early 1970s he operated a gallery in Bielefeld. Shortly thereafter he founded an art book publishing house that he ran until the 1990s. Edition Marzona published, among others, books on photography, but also graphic design at the Bauhaus, Bauhaus-Fotografie (ed. by Roswitha Fricke, 1982) and Bauhaus: Drucksachen, Typographie, Reklame (ed. by Gerd Fleischmann, 1982), also on Francis Picabia (1977), Marianne Breslauer (1979) and Bogomir Ecker (1990). Today, the bulk of his art collection has been donated to and is held by Staatliche Museen Preußischer Kulturbesitz in Berlin. Between 2014 and 2016, the collection's focus on conceptual art was presented in the nine-part exhibition A-Z. Die Sammlung Marzona at Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin. In 2016, Edigio Marzona handed over his extensive Archiv der Avantgarden to Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden. On his family estate in the Italian region of Friuli, an art park has evolved where works by Dan Graham, Sol Lewitt, Bruce Nauman, Laurence Weiner and others can be appreciated, part of which have been created specifically for this location.