Mimmo Rotella, ‘Vacanze Romane’, Deodato Arte

This Mimmo Rotella's SeriDécollage is a tribute to Roman Holiday1953 directed by William Wyler, starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck.

The plot is well known. Who does not remember his escape from the palace of the lovely Princess Anne, the meeting with Joe, penniless journalist willing to do anything to get his scoop, and their wonderful day with Vespa through the streets of romantic and popular Rome?

The story of a love that gives short, crisp taste of freedom and the pleasure for the small things to a princess bored by diplomatic conferences and international relations. And it is precisely because we know the film so well that Rotella, in his manifesto ripped focuses on extraneous details to the story told by Wyler. The grace, elegance and quiet sophistication of Audrey Hepburn and the defiant grin of Gregory Peck take the lead of this SeriDécollage. Their faces are framed by triangular cutouts that catch the viewer's eye leading to grasp the expressiveness of two glances.

Snags lead the public to focus on fresh and spontaneous smile of a young Audrey Hepburn that leaves almost reveal the delightful naivete of an actress in her first starring role, and the confident look of a mature Gregory Peck, already known and established. Rotella technique is very particular and consists to tear two or more posters glued to each other.

Signature: Hand signed by the artist in the low right

Publisher: 125 edition + 50 numbered with roman number

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

Group Shows

Partners & Mucciaccia, 
That’s contemporary. Contemporary art From Marc Chagall to Nowadays.
Complesso Monumentale del Vittoriano, 
Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy,
L'Unità dell'Arte Italiana nella Diversità delle Regioni - Regioni e Testimonianze d'Italia

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