Mimmo Rotella


1918   Born in Catanzaro, Italy.
1941-45   Naples Art Academy, Italy.
1951-52   First one man show at Galleria Chiaruzzi, Rome, Italy.
Fulbright scholarship at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, USA.
1954   First exhibition of ‘Torn Posters’.
1954-60   Lives in Rome, Italy.
1961   Joins the Nouveaux Réalistes (Arman, Cesar, Christo, Deschamps, Dufrene, Hains, Yves Klein, Martial Raysse, Niki de Saint-Phalle, Spoerri, Tinguely, Villegle).
1964   Moves to Paris where he begins to work with emulsified canvases which in 1965 he named Mec Art.
1970   First Artypo works.
1980   Leaves Paris and moves to Milan where he develops his ‘Blanks’ works.
1989   DAAD invitation to Berlin, Germany.
1992   Awarded The Officiel des arts et des Lettres by French minister for Culture, Jack Lang.
1997   Dedicates a cycle of works to movie director Federico Fellini, entitled ‘Felliniana’.
2000   Mimmo Rotella Foundation is established at the request of the artist with the aim of collecting, classifying and restoring works and documentation.
2001   Takes part at Venice Biennale’s ‘Platea dell’Umanita’ directed by Harald Szeemann.
2002   Awarded the gold medal for visual arts by Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, president of Italian Republic.
2006   January 8th, Mimmo Rotella dies in Milan.

Selected solo exhibitions

1951   Galleria Chiaruzzi, Rome, Italy.
1952   Galleria Rokhill Nelson, Kansas City, USA.
1955   Galleria Del Naviglio, Milan, Italy.
1957   Galleria Beno, Zurich, Switzerland.
Galleria Del Naviglio, Milan, Italy.
I.C.A., London, England.
1962   Seven Arts Gallery, London, England.
Galleria del Leone, Venice, Italy.
1966   Galleria del Naviglio, Milan, Italy.
1967   Galerie 20, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
1971   ‘Rétrospective Rotella’, Décollage, Mec-Art, Artypo, Galerie Mathias Fels, Paris, France.
1972   Studio Marconi, Milan, Italy.
1973   Galleria Christian Stein, Turin, Italy.Galleria Christian Stein, Turin, Italy.
1974   Galleria Ariete, Milan, Italy.
Galleria G7, Bologna, Italy.
1980   Galleria Interarte, Milan, Italy.
1981   Galerie Denise René, Paris, France.
1984   Galleria Il Millenio, Rome, Italy.
Studio Marconi, Milan, Italy.
1985   Galerie Reckermann, Köln, Germany.
1987   Pascal de Sarthe Gallery, San Francisco, USA.
1990   Galleria Borghese, Rome, Italy.
Galerie Sonia Zannettacci, Genève, Switzerland.
1994   Galleria Marconi, Milan, Italy.
1995   Wassermann Gallery, München, Germany.
1996   Marisa del Re Gallery, New York, USA.
Galerie Dionne, Paris, France.
1999   Musée d'art contemporain, Nice, France.
2000   ‘Fashion and Flowers’, Charles Cowles Gallery, New York, USA.
2001   ‘Mimmo Rotella’, Palazzo Lanfranchi, Pisa, Italy.
Charles Cowles Gallery, New York, USA.
2002   ‘Mimmo Rotella’, Museo d’arte Contemporanea, Genoa, Italy.
‘Rotella e il Cinema’, Galleria Zonca & Zonca, Milan, Italy.
2004-5   ‘Hollywood and the Street, from Poster to Graffiti’, Chelsea Art Museum, New York, USA.
2006   ‘Cinecitta’’, Galleria Frittelli, Florence, Italy.
Robert Sandelson, London, England.

Selected group exhibitions

1949   ‘Salon des Réalités Nouvelles’, Paris, France.
1950   ‘Arte Astratta e Concreta’, Rome, Italy.
1957   ICA, London, England.
1958   ‘Contemporary Italian drawings’, Whitney Museum, New York, USA.
1959   ‘Arte Contemporanea Italiana’, Galleria Souza, Mexico City, Mexico.
‘Italian Painting of Today’, Tokyo, Japan.
1961   ‘The Art of Assemblage’, MOMA, New York, USA.
‘Aspects of Collage’, Brooks Street Gallery, New York, USA.
‘Three Roman Artists’, Trabia Gallery, New York, USA.
1962   ‘Salon Comparaisons’, Musée d’Art Moderne, Paris, France.
‘New Réalism’, Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, USA.
1963   Biennial, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
‘L’Art et l’Ecriture’, Staatliche Kunsthalle, Baden Baden, Germany.
1964   XXXII Biennial, Venice, Italy.
’50 Ans de Collage’, Musée des Arts Décoratifs’, Paris, France.
‘Pop Art, Nouveaux Réalisme’, Palais des Beaux Arts, Bruxelles, Belgium.
‘Neue Realisten, Pop Art’, Akademie der Kunste, Berlin, Germany.
1968   ‘Collage’, Dekorationskunst Museum, Zurich. Switzerland.
1976   ‘Nouveaux Réalistes’, Galerie Beaubourg, Paris, France.
1979   'Six Artistes Italiens de Paris’, Galerie Denise René, Paris, France.
1981   ‘Contemporary Italian Art’, Museum of Modern Art’, Fort Lauderdale, USA.
1982   ‘Les Nouveaux Réalistes’, Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain, Nice, France.
‘Contemporary Italian Art’, Hayward Gallery, London, England.
1986   ‘Nouveaux Réalistes’, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France.
1989   ‘Italian Art in the 20th Century’, Royal Accademy of Arts, London, England.
1990   ‘Art & Pub’, Centre George Pompidou, Paris, France.
‘High and Low: Modern Art and Popular Culture’ MOMA, New York, USA; The Art Institute, Chicago, USA; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, USA.
1991   ‘The Pop Art Show’, Royal Accademy of Arts, London, England; traveling to Museum Ludwig, Köln, Germany; Museo Nacional de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain; Musée d’Art Contemporain, Montréal, Canada.
1994   ‘Italian Metamorphosis’, Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA.
1995   ‘Roma 1950-1959’, Palazzo dei Diamanti, Ferrara, Italy.
XLVII Biennial, Venice, Italy.
1996   ‘Hall of Mirrors. Art and Film since 1945’, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, USA.
‘Face à l’histoire’, Centre George Pompidou, Paris, France.
1999   ‘Pop Art Europe/USA', MOMA, New York, USA.
2001   XLIX Biennial, Venice, Italy.
‘Les Années Pop’, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France.
‘Una storia dell’arte italiana’, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan.
2005   ‘XIV Esposizione Quadriennale d’Arte’, Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Rome, Italy.
‘Pop Art Italia’, Palazzina dei Giardini e Palazzo Santa Margherita,
Modena, Italy.