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September 8 - October 3, 2015 / London
Opening on Tuesday, September 8th
6 - 8 pm
Almine Rech Gallery is pleased to present Francesco Vezzoli's second solo exhibition with the gallery. This exhibition will be on view from the 8th of September to the 3rd of October, 2015.
The strategies of aesthetic and conceptual play at work throughout Francesco Vezzoli's expansive oeuvre are predominantly dedicated to dissecting received notions of beauty. Laced with humour, much of Vezzoli's work interrogates how and why beauty has been attributed to certain artworks and artifacts at different times. For his new sculpture, 'Eternal Kiss', exhibited for the first time at Almine Rech Gallery, Vezzoli acquired two life size marble heads at auction: a Roman portrait of a man (circa the 2nd Century A.D), and a Roman portrait of a woman (Imperial, Hadrianic, circa 117-138 A.D). Both heads have been restored to their original status through a meticulous process of fabrication underpinned by spec ialist advice from eminent archeologists in the field. In this sense, 'Eternal Kiss' further develops the ideas of beauty and the artifact explored in Vezzoli's 'Teatro Romano' presented at PS1 in New York earlier this year.
Francesco Vezzoli (b. 1971, Brescia, Italy) lives and works in Milan. Recent solo exhibitions include 'Teatro Romano', MoMA PS1, New York, USA (2014); 'Cinema Vezzoli', MOCA, Los Angeles, USA (2013); 'Galleria Vezzoli', MAXXI, Rome (2013); 'The Museum of Crying Women', QMA, Doha, Qatar (2013); 'Olga Forever', Almine Rech Gallery, Brussels (2012); 24H MUSEUM, in collaboration with the Prada Foundation, Palais de Iena, Paris (2012); 'Francesco Vezzoli: Ballets Russes Italian Style', Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow (2009); 'Dalì Dalì featuring Francesco Vezzoli', Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2009); 'Right You Are, If You Think You Are', The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA (2007); and 'Francesco Vezzoli: Marlene Redux A True Hollywood Story! (Part One)', Tate Modern, London (2006).
Recent group exhibitions include 'Dans un Intérieur. Meubles, oeuvres murales et textiles d'artistes', Almine Rech Gallery Brussels (2015) and Almine Rech Gallery, Paris (2014); 'In Part' and 'An Introduction', Fondazione Prada, Milan, Italy (2015); Venice Biennial, Italy (2014, 2007, 2005 & 2001); 'Whitney Biennial 2006: Day for Night' (curated by Chrissie Iles & Philippe Vergne), The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA (2006); 'Short History of Performance IV', Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (2006).
In 2015, Francesco Vezzoli will be part of PERFORMA 15, New York, USA; 'Picasso Mania', Grand Palais, Paris and 'After Picasso: 80 Contemporary Artists' Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, USA. The artist will show a film piece interprated by Cindy Sherman and created for 'Prima Donna', a touring symphonic visual concert by Rufus Wainwright premiering at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Athens (15/09/2015).