Galleria Christian Stein, specialized in contemporary art, was established by Mrs. Christian Stein in 1966 in Turin, and continued its activity there until 1996. During this period, a new space was opened in Milan in 1985. From 1989 to 1992 SteinGladstone Gallery was opened in New York, from the twinning with Barbara Gladstone Gallery.


The Mondino and Schifano shows of 1966 were followed, in January 1967, by the first solo show of Alighiero Boetti (works created with everyday building materials: Colonna di tubi, Catasta di eternit, Scala, Mimetico . . .). It was the following autumn when Celant brought together, under the term Arte Povera, a small core group of artists whose work was heterogeneous but who had a well-defined radical identity. The same artists whose shows followed at the Christian Stein Gallery from the late 1960s through the ’70s: Luciano Fabro, Jannis Kounellis, Francesco Lo Savio, Mario Merz, Giulio Paolini, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Anselmo/Zorio, Piero Gilardi, Pino Pascali, Giuseppe Penone and Marisa Merz. It should not be forgotten that the gallery also organized shows of Piero Manzoni, Lucio Fontana, Ettore Colla, Mimmo Rotella.


This 80’s were the period of Arte Povera’s consecration, with large exhibitions and international artistic exchanges. In 1986, with the exhibition “Fideliter,” the Turin gallery celebrated twenty years of commitment to its original leading artists, whose work it had never ceased supporting, promoting and preserving. Without neglecting an interest in artists from outside Italy, solo shows of Dibbets, Kiefer, Barry, Wool were organised. At the same time, in 1985, a new venue for the Christian Stein Gallery, in an industrial space in the center of Milan was opened, to allow more space for projects by the Povera artists and to put them in dialogue with other European and American artists. Serra, Penck, Baselitz, Schütte, Gilbert & George, Weiner, Förg and Jeff Wall created works and ad hoc installations. Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen conceived a large project for our exhibition space, in 1990, “Claes Oldenburg: The European Desktop,” with desktop objects, oversized on a monumental scale.

Italian artists in subsequent generations, such as Domenico Bianchi, Remo Salvadori and Marco Bagnoli, became active presences at the gallery beginning in the late ‘80s.


From the 2000’ younger artists, Paolo Canevari and Peter Wüthrich, Jack Pierson, Jeff Elrod, and more recently Elisabetta Di Maggio and Stefano Arienti begin a fruitful colaboration.


During the last 30 years, the gallery collaborated with Italian and foreign museums organizing important exhibitions such as “La Collection Christian Stein: un regards sur l’art italienne” at Le Nouveau Musée/ Istitut d’art contemporain à Villeurbanne, in 1992 and the touring exhibition “Collection Christian Stein. A history of Italian Art” at IVAM, Valencia and Museo Cantonale d’Arte in Lugano in 2010 and 2011. In both these occasions catalogues have been published.


In Corso Monforte 23 in Milan and two great ex-industrial exhibition spaces in Pero (Milan), starting 2014 the gallery dedicated large retrospectives to Boetti, Kounellis, Fabro, Paladino, Paolini, Pistoletto and Rotella and it was a great opportunity to revisit along with the artists and their heirs the salient stages of their long, shared journey with the gallery. These exhibitions were complemented by independent publications.