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Francesco Vezzoli

Francesco Vezzoli
ROME  •  MAXXI National Museum of XXI Century Arts: Galleria Vezzoli  •  Ongoing

Curated by Anna Mattirolo, The Trinity is an exhibition that presents the art of Francesco Vezzoli to the public in three different museums: MAXXI, MoMA PS1 in New York and MOCA in Los Angeles.

Art, religion and movies are the three key elements which have always been the main characters in Italian artist Francesco Vezzoliís work since the beginning of his career. Three intertwined universes that Vezzoli wove in a series of strong allegories with a rich subtext of elaborate references, involving video installations, petit-point embroideries, photography and live performances, mixing heterogeneous languages and genres.

Galleria Vezzoli reconstructs the timeline of the artistís research, from his embroideries of the 1990s to his most recent videos, through to his latest sculptures in marble. And it does so in a late-nineteenth-century museum display that interacts directly with Zaha Hadidís contemporary architecture.
A section devoted to the subject of self portraits has also been included, linking the various works by Vezzoli to a broader reflection on individual and collective identity. The title of the exhibition and the display, which have been created by the artist himself, are an ironic, provocative invitation to reflect on the contemporary museum and on its role as a receiver of works of art and as a keeper of their value.

Other recent Vezzoli productions include Greed,  a signature perfume for the contemporary moment whose label featured Francesco Vezzoli in drag, photographed by Francesco Scavullo, where Duchamp appeared on his perfume bottle as Rrose Sťlavy, photographed by Man Ray,  Non-Love Meetings (2004), a pilot show for a reality dating game that will never go to air, inspired by a documentary by Pier Paolo Pasolini and starring Catherine Deneuve, Jeanne Moreau and Marianne Faithful; Trailer for a remake of Gore Vidal's Caligula (2005), a Hollywood movie that will never be made, starring Gore Vidal, Helen Mirren, and Courtney Love, among others; Democrazy (2007), a tele-campaign for two candidates who will never be elected, starring Sharon Stone and Bernard-Henri Lťvy; and a single live staging of Luigi Pirandello's Cosž Ť (se vi pare), the premiere of a play that will never run, starring Cate Blanchett and a host of top-billed New York stage actors.

Francesco Vezzoli was born in 1971, in Brescia, Italy. He studied at the Central St. Martin's School of Art in London from 1992 to 1995. His work has been exhibited at many institutions including: Castello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, Turin (2002); Fondazione Prada, Milan (2004 and 2005); Museu Serralves, Porto (2005); Le Consortium, Dijon (2006); and the Power Plant, Toronto (2007). Vezzoli's work has also been featured in the 26th S„o Paulo Biennial (2004); the 51st Venice Biennale (2005); the Whitney Biennial (2006); and the 52nd Venice Biennale (2007). He currently lives and works in Milan.

MAXXI National Museum of XXI Century Arts Website

Contact: Via Guido Reni 4A
00196 Rome
Tel: (39) 06 3225178

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