Lot 17
  • 17

Mimmo Rotella

90,000 - 120,000 GBP
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  • Mimmo Rotella
  • Come un poema - suono
  • signed and dated 60; signed, titled, inscribed and dated 1960 on the reverse
  • décollage on canvas
  • 118 by 93cm.
  • 46 1/2 by 36 5/8 in.


Private Collection, Catanzaro
Galleria 88, Rome
Gallery 44, Kaarst
Galleria del Disegno, Milan
Acquired from the above by the present owner in the early 1990s


Tommaso Trini, Rotella, Milan 1974, n.p., illustrated
Germano Celant, Mimmo Rotella, Milan 2007, p. 184, no. 167, illustrated in colour

Catalogue Note

"I got to meet Rotella in January 1958 by way of Turcato who took me to his studio in Passeggiata di Ripetta. My ideas about modern, urban, industrial and mass medial nature, on which I based my theory of Nouveau Réalisme, were coming to a point of full crystallization. [..] Our meeting in 1958 was determinant factor in Mimmo's career: it contributed towards snapping the magical circle of silence which isolated him and caused the evolution of his appropriative technique to quickly gather momentum." (Pierre Restany cited in: 'Mimmo Rotella, a casa sua di fronte alla storia', in: Exhibition Catalogue, Catanzaro, Complesso Monumentale del S. Giovanni, Mimmo Rotella,1999, p. 32)