26 May MAXXI Rome
Vezzoli “The Trinity”

Miuccia Prada, Klaus Biesenbach and Francesco Bonami




26th May was inaugurated at MAXXI in Rome with an exclusive dinner

 the exhibition “The Trinity”, by Francesco Vezzoli, that will

continue at MOMA PS1 in New York and at the MOCA in Los Angeles.




Jefferson Winston Hack and Francesco Vezzoli



Pierre Passebon and Jeacques Grange



Achille Bonito Oliva



Delfina Deletrez Fendi



Derek Blasberg, Dasha Zhukova and Friends



Giovanna Melandri, Pierpaolo Piccioli, Stefano Tonchi, Pietro Beccari and wife



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Francesco Vezzoli and I 



Anna in wearing Balenciaga outfit

Sophia Webster clutch and Chanel hat



Anna in wearing Balenciaga outfit

Sophia Webster clutch and Chanel hat



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 L’Uomo Vogue, May June 2013,

Director of Photography: Pasquale Abbattista

 Retouch: Digital Area Art+Vibes

Hair Concept: Franco Curletto



L’Uomo Vogue, May June 2013,

Director of Photography: Pasquale Abbattista

 Retouch: Digital Area Art+Vibes

Hair Concept: Franco Curletto


L’Uomo Vogue, May June 2013,

Director of Photography: Pasquale Abbattista

 Retouch: Digital Area Art+Vibes

Hair Concept: Franco Curletto



Below a piece of the interview made by Mariuccia

Casadio  for the last issue of L’Uomo Vogue



L’U.V.: Tell us about your exhibition cycle The Trinity at MAXXI

in Rome, PS1 in New York and MoCA in Los Angeles?


 F.V.: “The idea came from talking with Klaus Biesenbach, who told

me that “It’s obvious your work moves between mediatic glamour,

religion and art. You orbit these three spheres to investigate the power

of magic, illusion and the commodification of dreams…”. So we decided

that Church, Cinema and Museum would be the subjects of three

installations in different places, with a bio-bibliographic progression.

Which is to say that my first videos were shot in Rome, then I lived in

New York, then pushed on as far as Los Angeles, to then return all the

way home, to Milan – or metaphorically to Brescia, where I was born.

They’re three retrospectives that don’t contain a single new piece.

Everything I’ve produced till now will also be documented in three or

four different books. Then I can leave everthing behind, a bit like

Beyoncé says in the new Pepsi ad: “Embrace your past, but live for now!“.



L’U.V.In closing, I’m guessing that the portraits you made

for these pages are emblematic of your upcoming shows.


 F.V.: “The choice of the three works and the three artists is very precise.

As for religion, comments are superfluous: the portrait of Pope Innocent X

by Diego Velázquez (on the cover, ed.) is one of the most important paintings

in history. And there’s not much to add regarding its connection to power –

just look at the attitude, the clothing, the sneer on his face. The portrait of

Laurence Olivier by Salvador Dalí, my favorite painter, is for me a fetish

object. When I recently visited the Vatican Museums, Antonio Paolucci

introduced me to the rivalry between Raphael and Michelangelo. On the

one hand, the frivolous, worldly Raphael, lover of fine clothes and beautiful

women. On the other, the already elderly, cantankerous and avaricious

Michelangelo. Needless  to say, I immediately identified with Raphael”.



                     Self portrait with Vera Lehndorff as Veruschka, 2001, Silverprint          

                         120×125 cm, Courtesy of the Artist , Photographic credit: Gianpaolo Barbieri 



Maxxi, MoMAPS1 and MOCA are for the first time

collaborating on this new over-ambitious project

by Francesco Vezzoli, aptly titled “TheTrinity”.



Art, Religion and Movies. These are the three key elements which have

always been the main characters in artist Francesco Vezzoli’s work

since the beginning of his career. Three intertwined universes that he wove

in a series of strong allegories with a rich subtext of elaborate  references,

involving video installations, petit-point embroideries, photography and

live performances, mixing  heterogeneous languages and genres.


The first extensive international retrospective show of Francesco Vezzoli,

displaying 15 years of work in three  separate but related exhibitions,each

one examining in depth the fundamental aspects of his body of work. The

futuristic spaces of MAXXI in Rome, designed by Zaha Hadid, will be

transformed into a over-decorated  1800’s style museum. The exhibition,

titled “Galleria Vezzoli” (28 May – 24 November 2013), will focus

especially on Vezzoli’s vocation to artistic quotation, with a specific

section dedicated to the artist’s selfportraits.



In autumn 2013,  the New York’s MoMA PS1 will host The Church Of

Vezzoli, curated by Klaus Biesenbach: on display inside a 19th century

Italian church literally transported and moved from the South of Italy to the

courtyard of the MoMA PS1, will be Vezzoli’s works exploring the theme

of cult and worship.


The programme will come to an end in autumn/winter 2013 with the opening

of  Cinema Vezzoli,  curated by Alma Ruiz, at the Museum of Contemporary

Art, MOCA, in Los Angeles featuring a particular focus on the artist’s

films, his experiments with this medium and his passion for European

cinema and Hollywood stardom in order to represent our society’s

obsession with celebrity. 


Each exhibition will open at short distance one from the other, unveiling

for the very first time the whole complexity of Vezzoli’s world step by step,

continent by continent, until the three shows will be exceptionally

open at the same time.








Opening: May 2013

Curated by Anna Mattirolo



MoMAPS1, New York

Opening: Fall 2013

Curated by Klaus Biesenbach



MOCA, Los Angeles

Opening: Fall/Winter 2013

Curated by Alma Ruiz





CRYING ROMAN TOGATUS 2012 Roman marble togatus torso

(circa 2nd-3rd century a.d.), white marble head  

(100 x 45 x 40 cm) Courtesy Galleria Franco Noero, Turin



“Just a Gigolò”, 2011, Silkscreen on Paper

Dimensions Variable, Courtesy Gagosian Gallery



 ”Gloria!”, 1998, Laserprint on canvas with metallic embroidery

diam. 24 cm (33 x 43,5 cm with frame), Courtesy of the Artist



“LE 120 SEDUTE DI SODOMA”, 2004, 120 Charles Rennie

Mackintosh Argyle Chairs Laserprints on canvas with metallic

embroidery, Dimensions variable Courtesy Fondazione Prada, Milan

Photo Credit: Attilio Maranzano



Poster for a remake of Gore Vidal’s Caligula, 2005, Silkscreen on Paper      

140 x 100 cm, Courtesy Gagosian Gallery




Francesco by Francesco: Before & After, 2002, Silverprints

61 x 83 cm, Courtesy of the Artist, Photo Credit: Francesco Scavullo






source:  fondazionemaxxi.com