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Francesco Vezzoli
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Francesco Vezzoli
One of the most internationally acclaimed contemporary Italian artists, Vezzoli was born in 1971 in Brescia. From 1992 to 1995, he attended the Central St. Martin School of Art in London, UK. Since the beginning of his career, he used different media and techniques, among which the peculiar use of embroidery, employed to knit golden or bloody tears on portraits of big and small screen pop icons. His wide artistic vision made him experiment with videos, short films, phantom TV shows—such as a fake perfume commercial starring Roman Polanski and a remake Gore Vidal's movie Caligula—, or site-specific performances dedicated to personality like Gioacchino Rossini, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Luigi Pirandello and Salvador Dalí, that featured superstars like Catherine Deneuve, Cate Blanchett, and Lady Gaga. He was invited at the Venice Biennale main exhibition in 2001 and 2005, and in 2007 was chosen, together with Giuseppe Penone, to represent Italy at Padiglione Italia. Vezzoli works were exhibited in group and solo shows in several Italian and international institutions, such as Jeu de Paume in Paris, France, Castello di Rivoli in Turin, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and MoMa PS1, in New York, Tate Modern in London, Garage Center for Contemporary Culture in Moscow, MOCA in Los Angeles, and the Prada Foundation in Milan, where in 2017 he curated the colossal exhibition “TV 70. Vezzoli guarda la Rai”, the first ever devoted to the Italian public broadcasting company. In 2010 he took part in the group show “Spazio – Dalle collezioni MAXXI arte e MAXXI architettura” at the MAXXI museum of Rome, and in 2017/18 in the exhibition “Carta bianca – Capodimonte immaginarie” at the Capodimonte Museum in Naples.
ROMA 2019
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