On 20 April the Italian Cultural Institute in Bratislava will inaugurate the first exhibition in Slovakia entirely dedicated to Mimmo Rotella in the prestigious setting of Bratislava Castle. The exhibition – organised with the Frittelli Contemporary Art Gallery in Florence and the Slovak National History Museum – will feature 20 décollages by the Italian artist, one of the great protagonists of the international art scene of the second half of the 20th century. The exhibition will remain open until 18 September.
The event takes place before the opening of the Dolce Vitaj – Italian Festival in Slovakia (now in its 16th edition), again organised by the Italian Cultural Institute in cooperation with the Italian Embassy and the Italian-Slovak Chamber of Commerce.
The figure of Mimmo Rotella (Catanzaro, 1918 – Milan, 2006) is linked to the Nouveau Réalisme and Pop Art movement. In his artistic research, he followed many directions: photographs, photomontages, décollages, assemblages of heterogeneous objects, and phonetic poetry. In the 1950s, following what he himself defined as “Zen enlightenment”, he experimented with the first décollages, ripping posters off the walls and tearing them further into his studio: a unique technique, which originated as a sign of protest against the consumer society, involving the transformation of advertising posters into artistic works. This experimentation, which initially focused on iconic film posters, made him famous all over the world.
His works can be found in important museums, including the Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rome, the Mumok in Vienna, the Pompidou Centre in Paris, the Tate Gallery in London and the National Gallery in Washington. Rotella is also one of the artists in the Farnesina Collection, kept at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in Rome.