New Realism … “L’Esprit Provocateur” Mimmo Rotella

Mimmo-RotellaA large exhibition dedicated to Mimmo Rotella (Catanzaro, 1918 – Milan, 2006), the leading figure of the ferment, between Milan and Paris, revolutionizing the art scene of the sixties of the twentieth century.

The spacious rooms of the Piano Nobile of the eighteenth-century Palazzo Sanseverino Falcone, the museum at the foot of the Sila Greca, will be the backdrop to about fifty works by Rotella and other prominent names who, like him, have been part of the Nouveau movement Realism, founded by the French critic Pierre Restany, who defined it as “a pretty straightforward way to put your feet on the ground, but at 40° above Dada and at that level where the man, if it comes to re-integrate in the real, It identifies him with his transcendence which is emotion, feeling, and finally poetry. “

In a collection of about thirty works of Rotella, that trace the artist’s entire career and act as the heart of the entire exhibition, there are also important artistic works of some of his fellow passengers within the New Realism (Yves Klein, Arman, Daniel Spoerri, Jean Tinguely, César, Christo and Raymond Hains, among others), which, in addition to effectively contextualize the work of the inventor of the technique of décollage, provide an overview of one of the most representative avant-garde movements and significant in the second half of the last century, whose influence is still present and concrete.

The famous décollage Rotella, of which on display are several important specimens, were, for Pierre Restany ‘the logical consequence of a total integration into urban culture of his time. An urban culture that gaze, the artist Mental Radar, has followed in the aftermath of his progressive globalization. Mimmo Rotella was a “nouveau réaliste” before his time in Rome in the fifties, pre-pop in Paris in the sixties, graffiti and graffiti artist in Milan in the years when it was Basquiat in New York. Nowadays Mimmo Rotella is the man of the moment here is the story of a perennial modernity- “

In the words of the curator of the exhibition, Francesco Poli, critic and art historian of international renown, with his works, Rotella “fulfills a tear against the traditional painting by inventing a way to destroy and injure the image, but in fact the It exalts and makes it unique, subtracts the medial repetition that steals the soul, and destroying the posters (film, political, advertising) makes them enter the history of contemporary art. “

The exhibition, organized by the association Oesum Led Icima, which organizes and promotes the exhibition of MACA activities, in collaboration with the association De Arte, falls on the tenth anniversary of the birth of the museum, akin to be a celebration of Mimmo Rotella, the most important contemporary artist of Calabrian origin, ten years after his death.


New Realism … “L’Esprit Provocateur” Mimmo Rotella

Place: MACA (Museum of Contemporary Art of Acri)

Palazzo Sanseverino Falcone – Piazza Falcone, 1, 87041, Acri (Cs) 100×70 cm Wheel Decollage the Marilyn fragrance (1)

Curator: Francesco Poli

Artists in the exhibition: Mimmo Rotella, Arman, César, Christo, Deschamps, Dufrene, Hains, Raysse, Niki De Saint Phalle, Spoerri, Tinguely, Villeglé

Dates: from June 25 to October 16, 2016

Vernissage: Saturday, June 25, 2016, 18:00

Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 9-13 and 16-20 / Sunday, 10-13 and 16-20

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