Di Donna Galleries specializes in museum-quality exhibitions and sales of European and American art from 1900 to 1970, with an emphasis on Surrealism. The gallery also advises private and institutional clients in building distinguished collections; it has placed important works of art in private collections and museums worldwide.
Founded in 2010 by Emmanuel Di Donna, formerly Vice Chairman of Sotheby's Impressionist & Modern Art Worldwide, Di Donna Galleries has organized monographic exhibitions of work by René Magritte, André Masson, and Andy Warhol, among others—in addition to ambitious group exhibitions. Di Donna Galleries opened a state-of-the-art space on Manhattan’s Upper East Side in 2016. The gallery’s inaugural exhibition, "Paths to the Absolute: Kandinsky, Malevich, Mondrian, Newman, Pollock, Rothko, and Still," united masterworks that exemplify two defining moments in the evolution of European and American abstract painting.
Subsequent exhibitions have included: "A Surrealist Banquet," featuring over 50 works inspired by the sensual aspects of gastronomy as interpreted by the Surrealists and other 20th-century artists; "Nuvolo and Post-War Materiality 1950-1965," the first major exhibition in the United States of the Italian artist Nuvolo, curated by Germano Celant; "Moon Dancers: Yup’ik Masks and the Surrealists," organized in collaboration with Donald Ellis Gallery and uniting a selection of rare Yup’ik masks from the central Alaskan coast with important paintings and sculptures by Surrealist artists who collected them; "A Passion for Collecting: Modern Works from the Juan Antonio Pérez Simón Collection;" and "The Life of Forms," investigating the origins of modern biomorphic sculpture. In Spring 2019 we will open "Surrealism in Mexico," examining artistic innovations among Surrealist emigres as a result of exile and community in Mexico during World War II.
The gallery also exhibits at Art Basel in Switzerland and Miami Beach and TEFAF New York. Di Donna Galleries is a member of The Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA).
Emmanuel Di Donna
Emmanuel Di Donna is a leading expert on Surrealist, Modern, and Post-War Art. He is the founder of Di Donna Galleries on Madison Avenue, New York. Prior to forming his own gallery he spent seventeen years at Sotheby’s where he was Vice Chairman of Impressionist and Modern Art Worldwide. He holds a Master’s Degree in Fine Art from London’s Courtauld Institute.
Director of Exhibitions & Head of Research
Emmanuel Di Donna