Mimmo Rotella, ‘Pepsi’, 1979, RoGallery

Signature: Signed and numbered in pencil below image.

About Mimmo Rotella

Mimmo Rotella, who represented Italy in the 1964 Venice Biennale, was experimental to his core: in his poetry, paintings, photographs, sculptural assemblages, and collages, he broke down conventions, leaving behind a body of extravagant work. He began as a painter of geometric abstractions in the early 1950s, then turned away from his studio and toward the world around him. There he found weathered movie and advertising posters, which he would tear off the walls, affix to canvases, and rip further to develop semi-abstract compositions out of mass media imagery, which he called “double décollages.” Through his collages, he became associated with Raymond Hains, Jacques Villeglé, and François Dufrêne—together known as Les Affichistes. Rotella was also linked to the French Nouveau Réalistes, for reflecting commodity culture, and its excesses and absurdities, in his art.

Italian, 1918-2006, Catanzaro, Italy

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2016
Mimmo Rotella. Blanks, CARDI GALLERY, Milano
2016
IMAGINE: New Imagery in Italian Art 1960-1969, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice
2015
International Pop, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
2015
Arts & Foods: Rituals since 1851, Triennale Design Museum, Milan
2015
Mimmo Rotella, Robilant + Voena, London