For FRIEZE MASTERS Viewing Room 2020, Cardi Gallery is proud to present a selection of works produced between 1956 and 1979 by the visionary Italian artist Mimmo Rotella (1918 – 2006), referencing the major retrospective MIMMO ROTELLA. Beyond Décollage: Photo emulsions and artypos, 1963 – 1980, on view at Cardi Gallery London through December 2020.

Arguably a pioneer of the Italian Pop Art movement, Rotella developed a number of techniques that would chronicle his time and marry the power of iconic film and popular imagery to the history of painting. Through the novel media of the dècollage he created in 1953, and later the photo emulsion (from 1963) and artypo (from 1965), the artist appropriated images of cultural icons veering from the playful and colourful to the historic and traumatic. He was amongst the first artists ever to use a mechanical – photographic or typographic – reproduction process to print a kaleidoscope of iconic images onto traditional materials associated with conventional art, such as canvas and paper. The Viewing Room includes great examples of works across these three media.

While Rotella’s practice became associated to the Mec-Art movement, it developed in parallel to that of masters of American Pop Art, who included his contemporaries Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Jasper Johns, several of whom became friends he exhibited works with. The artist took part in the seminal 1964 Venice Biennale, where he presented a series of influential Décollages – progenitors of Italian Pop art. Although Pop is often seen as an American art form, and Rauschenberg famously won the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 1964 (the first American to do so) it is noteworthy that artists on both sides of the Atlantic were incorporating mass media popular imagery into their work.

Mimmo Rotella

Un pezzo da film, 1956
Dècollage, torn poster on canvas
46 x 52 cm
18 1/8 x 20 1/2 in
Signed on the lower left on recto: "Rotella/56"

Price on request

Mimmo Rotella

La rivincita, 1967
Photo emulsion on canvas
82.7 x 85 cm
32 1/2 x 33 1/2 in

€ 80,000.00

Mimmo Rotella

Arabesque, 1965
Photo emulsion on canvas
51.3 x 44 cm
20 1/4 x 17 3/8 in

€ 70,000.00

Mimmo Rotella

Lo schermo, 1965-66
Photo emulsion on canvas
185 x 145 cm
72 7/8 x 57 1/8 in
Signed on the lower left on recto: “Rotella”
Signed on the upper right on verso: “Rotella”

€ 350,000.00

Mimmo Rotella

La diva, 1963
Photo emulsion on canvas
120 x 90 cm
47 1/4 x 35 3/8 in
Signed on the lower right on recto: "Rotella/63"
Signed on the upper right on verso: "Rotella"

€ 220,000.00

Mimmo Rotella

Mythologies, 1966
Photo emulsion on canvas
95 x 91 cm
37 3/8 x 35 7/8 in
Signed on the lower right on recto: "Rotella/66"
Signed on the centre left on verso: "Rotella"

€ 220,000.00

Mimmo Rotella

Fai attenzione!, 1963-66
Photo emulsion on canvas
178 x 136 cm
70 1/8 x 53 1/2 in
Signed on the lower right on recto: "Rotella/63-66"
Signed on the upper left on verso: "Rotella"

€ 500,000.00

Mimmo Rotella 

L’astronaute, 1966
Photo emulsion on canvas
146 x 114 cm
57 1/2 x 44 7/8 in
Signed on the lower right on recto: "Rotella/66"
Signed on the upper left on verso: "Rotella/66"

€ 350,000.00

Mimmo Rotella

Untitled, 1963
Photo emulsion on canvas
94 x 196 cm
37 1/8 x 77 1/8 in
Signed on the lower right on recto: "Rotella/63"

€ 350,000.00

Mimmo Rotella

Italy’s Trial, 1979
Photo emulsion on canvas
104.6 x 80 cm
41 1/8 x 31 1/2 in

€ 70,000.00

Mimmo Rotella

Homage à Velazquez, 1966
Photo emulsion on canvas
81 x 62 cm
31 7/8 x 24 3/8 in
Signed on the lower right on recto: "Rotella/66"

Price on request

Mimmo Rotella

L'amplesso, 1975
Photo emulsion on canvas
92.2 x 65.2 cm
36 1/4 x 25 5/8 in
Signed on the lower right on recto: "Rotella"       

€ 55,000.00

Mimmo Rotella

Il traffico, 1965
Photo emulsion on canvas
93.5 x 124.6 cm
36 3/4 x 49 1/8 in
Signed on the upper right on recto: "Rotella"

€ 170,000.00

Mimmo Rotella

Tufi, 1972
Artypo-plastique
100 x 140 cm
39 3/8 x 55 1/8 in
Signed on the lower right on recto: "Rotella"

€ 200,000.00

Mimmo Rotella

 Panorama politico, 1974 (1970)
Artypo on canvas
97 x 136 cm
38 1/4 x 53 1/2 in
Signed on the lower right on recto: "Rotella"

€ 160,000.00

Mimmo Rotella

Magoo, 1966
Artypo on canvas
79.5 x 122 cm
31 1/4 x 48 1/8 in
Signed on the lower left on recto: "Rotella/66"

€ 250,000.00

Mimmo Rotella

Le sourire Rama, 1973
Artypo-plastique
60 x 98 cm
23 5/8 x 38 5/8 in
Signed on the lower right on recto: "Rotella/73"           

€ 50,000.00

Mimmo Rotella

Venere imperiale, 1966
Artypo on canvas
135 x 96 cm
53 1/8 x 37 3/4 in
Signed on the lower left on recto: "Rotella/66"

€ 170,000.00

Mimmo Rotella

Baskerville, 1961
Dècollage, torn poster on canvas
82.5 x 131 cm
32 1/2 x 51 5/8 in
Signed on the lower left on recto: "Rotella"

Price on request