This volume, edited by Alberto Fiz and realized in collaboration with the Fondazione Mimmo Rotella and the Galleria Tega in Milan, presents a completely new perspective of the figure of Mimmo Rotella, setting him in the post-war cultural context of the years between 1948 and 1970.
This in-depth study of the master of décollage and the three cities around which his life turned, Rome, Paris and New York, turns the spotlight, with the help of a lavish set of over four hundred illustrations and many previously unpublished documents, on some of the crucial questions of the artistic debate of that time and takes the reader on a journey in which, as if in a dialogue of many voices, Rotella’s interlocutors are Kurt Schwitters, Achille Perilli, Piero Dorazio, Robert Rauschenberg, Alberto Burri, Lucio Fontana, Andy Warhol, Robert Indiana, Yves Klein, César and Arman.
The book also takes a look at a series of decisive exhibitions like A 40° au dessus de Dada at the Galerie J in Paris, The Art of Assemblage at the MoMA in New York, The New Realists at the Sidney Janis Gallery in New York, and the Venice Biennale of 1964, the event at which Europe was introduced to Pop Art and where Rotella was given a room of his own. The volume concludes emblematically with the celebration of the tenth anniversary of Nouveau Réalisme in Milan in 1970.
The work includes the previously unpublished testimonies of a number of artists, who present their own views of Rotella with irreverence and affection, but always acknowledging the value of his art and his role in shaking up ideas on aesthetics. They include Getulio Alviani, Agostino Bonalumi, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Giosetta Fioroni, Gino Marotta and Achille Perilli.