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 both 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 such as Fields of Dream: The Surrealist Landscape, which featured over 70 works by various artists in a range of media. In 2016, Di Donna Galleries opened a new state-of-the-art, 6500-square-foot space on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The gallery’s inaugural exhibition, titled Paths to the Absolute: Kandinsky, Malevich, Mondrian, Newman, Pollock, Rothko, and Still, united 13 masterworks that exemplified two defining moments in the evolution of European and American abstract painting. In the spring of 2017 the exhibition A Surrealist Banquet presented more than 50 works of art inspired by the sensual aspects of gastronomy as interpreted by the Surrealists and other twentieth century artists. In the Fall of 2017, the exhibition Nuvolo and Post-War Materiality 1950-1965, curated by Germano Celant, was the first major exhibition in the United States of the Italian artist Nuvolo, contextualized with important works by other European and American artists working in Italy after World War II.
Di Donna’s most recent exhibition, Moon Dancers: Yup’ik Masks and the Surrealists, celebrated the fertile intersection between nineteenth and early twentieth century Yup’ik masks from the central Alaskan coast and the works of the Surrealists. The exhibition was organized in collaboration with Donald Ellis Gallery, an internationally renowned specialist in North American Indian art and brought together a curated selection of important Surrealist paintings and sculptures alongside rare and astonishing Yup’ik masks.
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