Palazzo Reale in Milan presents the exhibition Mimmo Rotella – Décollages e Retro d’Affiches, the first detailed survey of the early works by Mimmo Rotella (1918 – 2006), a multifaceted artist famous for his invention of the décollage, an art form that he thought up in the early fifties and developed subsequently.
The exhibition focuses on the period from 1953, the year of his first experiments with torn posters, to 1964, when Rotella took part in the XXXII Venice Biennale. It includes around 150 works from public and private collections in Italy and abroad, including the Tate Modern in London, the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea in Rome and the Centre Pompidou in Paris.
The historical context of Rotella and the importance of his contribution to the development of the international language of art, is illustrated by crucial works of his contemporaries in Europe and America, such as Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Enrico Prampolini, Kurt Schwitters, Hannah Höch, Jean Fautrier, Alberto Burri, Lucio Fontana, Piero Manzoni, Jacques Mahé de la Villeglé, Raymond Hains, Andy Warhol and Michelangelo Pistoletto.
Rotella’s experimentation with advertising posters led him to remodel the poster in every way possible: as a starting point for the study of the material aspect on which he embarked in contact with the raw canvas, as an elementary particle for the construction of an abstract imagery and as an investigation of form that was carried out on the back of the poster, through the action of glue and rust.