Francesco Vezzoli

The Song of Songs

Villa Sauber

Horaire : 29th April 2016 – 18:30 – 00:00

Photo credit: Francesco Vezzoli – FOUR FABULOUS FACES: JOAN AND MARLENE (detail), 2001
9 elements – 35 x 35 cm each
Laserprint on canvas, metallic embroidery
Consolandi Collection, Milan
Courtesy of the artist

Francesco Vezzoli is a Milan-based artist who has exhibited in museums and galleries around the world, often working with installation, film and other media. In his work, he often has used fame as a material, as if juxtaposing conceptuality with the aura of the star. For example, in 2009 he collaborated with Roman Polanski for Greed, a fake perfume commercial starring Nathalie Portman and Michelle Williams (on other occasions, Vezzoli has worked with Cate Blanchett, Lady Gaga, or Courtney Love, to name but a few). As part of his grand exhibition at the New National Museum of Monaco, Villa Sauber, which is themed around the legendary Marlene Dietrich, Vezzoli, during Nuit Blanche, will make the presence of the ghost of Dietrich be felt from around midday to midnight.

Francesco Vezzoli’s work explores the power of contemporary popular culture. By mixing closely together a variety of media such as advertising and cinema, he addresses current preoccupations such as the fundamental ambiguity of truth, the power of language to seduce and the instability of the human persona. Francesco Vezzoli was born in Brescia, Italy in 1971 and studied at Central Saint Martins School of Art in London. He lives and works in Milan.

His art has been exhibited in numerous institutions: The Films of Francesco Vezzoli, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (2002); Fondazione Prada, Milan (2004 & 2005); Le Consortium, Dijon (2006 ); Francesco Vezzoli: Right You Are If You Think You Are, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Marlene Redux: A True Hollywood Story (Part One), Tate Modern, London (2006); Dalí Dalí Featuring Francesco Vezzoli, Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2009–10); Marlene Redux: A True Hollywood Story!, Kunsthalle Vienna (2009); The Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow (2010); Museum of Crying Women, Qatar Museums Authority, Doha; The Trinity: Galleria Vezzoli, MAXXI, Rome, Italy (2013); The Trinity: Cinema Vezzoli, MOCA, Los Angeles (2014).