Nouveau Realisme,

Mimmo Rotella /   Domenico Mimmo Rotella

Italy 1918 - 2006

Pop Art, Nouveau Réalisme, Collage

Mimmo Rotella
Domenico Mimmo Rotella
February 16, 2015
Music, Gestalt, .

Mimmo Rotella was an Italian artist best known for his “double décollages,”and was also a member of the French Nouveaux Réalistes group.

Born in Catanzaro on October 7th 1918, Rotella studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Napes, and then moved to Rome in 1945. Also during this time, he developed “epistaltic” poetry, a combination of real and invented words, sounds, and onomatopoeic repetition. In 1951, he held his first solo exhibition at the Galleria Chiurazzi in Rome. That same year, he was awarded a Fulbright, and traveled to the United States, where he studied at Kansas City University.

Rotella moved back to Rome in 1953, and began producing his first décollages, compositions made up of posters stripped off of outdoor walls in Rome. These posters were applied to canvas, and then further ripped apart. He began to receive acknowledgements in 1956 with the Graziano Award, followed in 1957 by the Battistoni e della Pubblica Istruzione Award. With the Cinecittà series of 1958 he chose both the figures and faces of film posters, orientating his production towards works of a more figurative type. Though initially abstract, after 1958, he created figurative décollage, and produced the Cinecittà series, using images from film posters.

In 1961, he was invited by Pierre Restany to join the Nouveaux Réalistes group, and three years later, moved to Paris. In 1964, he was the Italian representative to the Venice Biennale.

In the 1980s, Rotella settled in Milan and produced his blanks, in which he covered the ripped posters with monochrome sheets of paper. In 1984, he began painting, and produced the series Cinecittà 2 and Sovrapitture, in which he painted directly onto advertisements. He exhibited at the Centre Pompidou of Paris and at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, in 1990, and at the Guggenheim Museum in 1994. In 2000, the Foundation Mimmo Rotella opened, with the aim of promoting Contemporary Art and preserving the artist’s work.

Rotella died in 2006 in Milan at the age of 87.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2012UntitledMuseo Carlo Bilotti, RomeGroup
2012UntitledGalerie Tornabuoni Art, ParisGroup
2011Autumn European Artist Collection New Gallery on Old Bailey, Hong Kong, SARGroup
2011Editionen Galerie Binz & Krämer, CologneGroup
2009Recycling and Ready Made CAM - Chelsea Art Museum, New York City, NYGroup
2009American Icons and Early Work Knoedler & Company, New York City, NYGroup
2008Al tavolo da disegno. opere su carta 1947–1950 Zonca & Zonca, MilanGroup
2008Lamiere MARCA - Museo delle Arti Catanzaro, CatanzaroGroup
2007 Mimmo Rotella. Early Works 1954–1967Ben Brown Fine Arts, LondonSolo
2006Ulm,Fischerplatz Galerie, Leckerbissen Group
2006Marilyn Monroe: I am an artificial product Hamburg, KunsthausGroup
2005ooking at Words. The Formal Presences of Text in Modern and Contemporary Works on PaperNew York, Andrea Rosen GalleryGroup
2005Gli affichistes tra Milano e la BretagnaMilano, Galleria Gruppo Credito ValtellineseGroup
2004Italiani da sette generazioni. 1980–2004. Un profilo di pittura italianaBuenos Aires, Centro Cultural BorgesGroup
2004Mimmo Rotella. Le Cirque Paris, Darga & Lansberg GalerieGroup
2003Color Blues. Il colore della musicaMilano, Palazzo DuriniGroup
2002Themes and Variations. Venezia, Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, Group
2001Les Années Pop. 1956–1968Paris, Centre Georges PompidouGroup
2000MessinaCancelliere Arte Contemporanea, Mimmo Rotella. RespectGroup
1999BelémCentro Cultural de Belém, Colecção Berardo Collection 1917–1999Group
1999Mimmo Rotella. RétrospectiveNice, Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art ContemporainGroup
19981998–2000: Milano. Da Boccioni a… Viaggio in ItaliaMantova, Casa del MantegnaGroup
1997All the World Is a StageTel Aviv, Tel Aviv MuseumGroup
1997Mimmo Rotella. Opere 1948-1997Bruxelles, Galerie BoycottGroup
1996Art and Film since 1945Los Angeles, Museum of Contemporary ArtGroup
1996Mimmo Rotella. Tele emulsionateMilano, PhotologySolo
1995Roma 1950–1959. Il rinnovamento della pittura in ItaliaFerrara, Palazzo dei DiamantiGroup
1994The Italian Metamorphosis 1943–1968New York, Guggenheim MuseumGroup
1993Rotella. Il tempo dei segniMilano, Galleria Ammiraglio ActonGroup
1992L’auto dipintaMantova, Centro Internazionale d’Arte e di Cultura Palazzo TeGroup
1991Pop ArtLondon, Royal Academy of ArtsGroup
1991Mimmo Rotella. Opere 1959–1991Piacenza, Galleria d’Arte Moderna Ricci-OddiGroup
1990Italian Contemporary ArtTaiwan, Museum of ArtGroup
1989Italian in the 20th Century. Painting and Sculpture 1900–1988London, Royal Academy of ArtsGroup
1989 Mimmo Rotella. SovrapittureKöln, Galerie ReckermannSolo
1988Trajectoires Italie-France. Alberola Arman Paladino Paolini Rotella Viallat Paris, Espace VendômeGroup
1987Italie, hors d’ItalieNîmes, Musée des Beaux-ArtsGroup
1987Mimmo Rotella. Œuvres de 1965 à 1987Paris, Galerie Lavignes-BastilleGroup
1986Rotella. Sovrapitture 1986Parma, Studio d’Arte NiccoliSolo
1985In Chartis. Fabriano, Museo della Carta e della FiligranaGroup
1985Mimmo Rotella. Retrospektive Köln, Galerie ReckermannGroup
1984Collectie BechtAmsterdam, Stedelijk MuseumGroup
1984RotellaLecce, Telamone Centro d’ArteSolo
1983Ultime avanguardie (1957–1971)Roma, Galleria La SalitaGroup
1983Roma 1960. La Scuola di Piazza del PopoloRoma, Marino La Tartaruga Galleria d’ArteSolo
1982Les Nouveaux Réalistes suivi d’ActualitéMusées de NiceGroup
1982Mimmo RotellaRoma, Banca di Santo SpiritoSolo
1981Linea della ricerca artistica in Italia 1960-1980Roma, Palazzo delle EsposizioniGroup
1981Mimmo Rotella. Frottagen, Collagen, GrafikenGlattbrugg, Art SedeGroup
1980Prime OpereRoma, Galleria La SalitaGroup
1979La VeuveAngeli, Boetti, Festa, Mondino, Pozzati, Rotella, Schifano.... Nouveau RéalismeMilano,Gastaldelli Arte ContemporaneaGroup
1979Rotella Paris, Closerie des LilasSolo
1978Novelli, Rotella, Schifano. Opere 1958–62Roma, Galleria SantoroGroup
1978Rotella Milano, Galleria Romana 19Solo
19773 villes, 3 collections. Grenoble. Marseille. Marseille, Musée CantiniGroup
1977Mimmo Rotella. Opere dal 1960 al 1975Milano, Galleria dell’ArieteSolo
1976Les Nouveaux RéalistesParis, Galerie Jean Larcade, Galerie BeaubourgGroup
1976Mimmo Rotella, Objets e plastiforme 1976Torino, Galleria d’Arte Il QuadrifoglioSolo
1975Mimmo RotellaMilano, Rotonda della BesanaSolo
1974Exposition pour le 25e anniversaire de mes activités de marchand de tableaux. 1974. Paris, Galerie Mony CalatchiGroup
1974Rotella Artypo-plastiques 1971–1973 Paris, Galerie CravenSolo
1973Zauber des PapiersFrankfurt, Frankfurter KunstvereinGroup
1973Contemporanea Paris, Galerie Marquet, ErotelliqueRoma, Parcheggio di Villa BorgheseSolo
1972La Création Artistique en France de 1960 à 1972Paris, Grand PalaisGroup
1972Opere recenti di RotellaMilano, Studio BelliniSolo
1971Rotella GiganteaMilano, Studio BelliniSolo
1970Nouveau Réalisme 1960–1970Paris, Galerie Mathias FelsGroup
1969Mec-Art-10Roma, Ciak Galleria d’ArteGroup
1969Rotella 1954–1968Bruxelles, Galerie FitzroySolo
1968Poésie Graphie – Poésie ActionRouen, Institut National Supérieur de Chimie IndustrielleGroup
1967Artypo. Kunst, gemaakt met behulp van grafische techniekenEindhoven, Stedelijk Van Abbe MuseumGroup
1967RotellaAmsterdam, Galerie 20Solo
1966Décollages – reportages 1954–1966Roma, Galleria La TartarugaGroup
1966Rotella Torino, Galleria Il PuntoSolo
1965Opere della Galleria d’arte La SalitaNapoli, Guida Galleria d’ArteGroup
1965Vatican IV Paris, Galerie JSolo
1964L’Affiche lacérée. Dufrêne, Hains, Rotella, VillegléChicago, Gres Gallery IncGroup
1964XXXII Biennale Internazionale d’Arte VeneziaSolo
1963 IV Biennale Internazionale d’Arte. Oltre L’InformaleSan Marino, Palazzo del KursalGroup
1963 VII Biennale d’arte di San Paulo del BrasileSão PauloGroup
1962Comparaisons. Peinture. SculptureParis, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de ParisGroup
1961Mimmo RotellaRoma, Galleria La SalitaGroup
1961XII Premio Lissone Palazzo del Centro del MobileSolo
1960Opere recenti di Dorazio Franchina Rotella TurcatoRoma, Galleria La SalitaSolo
1959Italian Paintings of Today. Pittori Italiani d’oggiTokyo, Salone SirokiaGroup
1958New Trends in Italian Art. Nuove tendenze dell’arte italianaRoma, Rome-New York Art FoundationGroup
1957Rotella. Recent CollagesLondon, Institute of Contemporary ArtSolo
1956VI Premio Graziano 1956. 370a Mostra del CavallinoMostra del Naviglio; Venezia, Galleria del CavallinoGroup
1955VII Quadriennale d’Arte di RomaRoma, Palazzo delle EsposizioniGroup
1955Mimmo Rotella. 214a Mostra del Naviglio Milano, Galleria del NaviglioSolo
1952RotellaKansas City, William Rockhill Nelson Gallery of ArtSolo
1951Pitture e disegni di Rotella – Ceramiche e disegni di MeliPitture e disegni di Rotella – Ceramiche e disegni di MeliGroup
19502a Mostra d’arte contemporaneaTorre Pellice, Collegio ValdeseGroup
1949III Mostra annuale dell’Art ClubRoma, Galleria Nazionale d’Arte ModernaGroup
1948mostra collettivaRoma, Caffè Tazza d’oroGroup
1947Prima Mostra del Sindacato Provinciale delle Arti figurativeRoma, Palazzo VeneziaGroup