From 14 September 2023 to 28 January 2024
The exhibition is dedicated to Lorenzo Mattotti, an artist with a sensitive and multifaceted oeuvre, and one of the most authoritative international representatives of contemporary illustration. Music, cinema and dance - the three worlds that have most influenced Mattotti's work - are explored and explored in depth in the exhibition, highlighting the artist's unmistakable style and his ability to break the boundaries between genres and languages, between techniques and styles.
Edited by Melania Gazzotti
Produced by: Municipality of Brescia, Fondazione Brescia Musei, Alleanza Cultura
Media Partnership: Radio number One
Visit with: Abbonamento Musei
Mattotti’s pastel illustrations immediately stand out for their vibrant tones. If the artist handles colour as a narrative theme with verve, his talent also lies in the sensitivity with which he knows how to reinvent a formal vocabulary of emotions.
The exhibition starts by analysing Mattotti’s intense and vital relationship with music, as witnessed by two important nuclei of works: the illustrations collected in Lou Reed’s The Raven (2011) and the large ink plates drawn for the staging of Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel (2009) at the Paris Opera.
The section dedicated to cinema, together with a series of works related to the interludes for the three episodes of the film Eros by Michelangelo Antonioni, Steven Soderbergh and Wong Kar-wai, includes excerpts from his many animations with their preparatory drawings. A special space is dedicated to his highly acclaimed feature film La famosa invasione degli orsi in Sicilia (2019), based on the novel of the same name by Dino Buzzati.
Finally, to narrate Mattotti’s relationship with the world of dance, some of the drawings collected in the book Carneval (2005), the result of the artist’s immersive experience at the carnival in Rio de Janeiro, and three large unpublished canvases, painted for the Brescian exhibition, and belonging to a cycle of works on collective dances, will be exhibited.
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Lorenzo Mattotti was born in Brescia in 1954 and lives and works in Paris. Since his debut in 1984 with Fuochi, he has won major international awards. His work has evolved under the constant sign of great consistency and the eclecticism of an artist who chooses to continuously explore new territories. His books are translated worldwide and his drawings appear in magazines and newspapers, The New Yorker, Le Monde, Das Magazin, Süddeutsche Zeitung, le Nouvel Observateur, Corriere della Sera and la Repubblica.
He has had numerous solo exhibitions, including an anthological exhibition at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome, the Frans Hals Museum in Haarlem and, more recently, the Musei di Porta Romana in Milan. Mattotti creates covers, advertising campaigns and posters, among others for Cannes 2000, the Roman Summer and for the past six years for the Venice International Film Festival (his is the official poster).
A new edition of Lancelot – volume IV of the tetralogy Arthur, Lancelot and the Grail, with which Mattotti once again tackles the interpretation of the great classics of literature, will be published by the end of the year with the publishing house Einaudi (series “I Millenni”).