Francesco Vezzoli  (Italian, 1971) 

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Francesco Vezzoli (Italian, b.1971) is a Conceptual artist and filmmaker. He studied at Central St. Martin's School of Art in London from 1992 to 1995. Vezzoli works in various media, including embroidery and video. His embroidery projects focus on pop culture and his love of film. These projects include altering portraits of movie stars who worked for famous directors. His major focus, however, is on creating film and video art. His projects often involve creating real or imaginary television productions, such as a pilot episode of a television series that will never be broadcast or trailers for unmade movies.

Three of Vezzoli’s works have been selected for the International Art Exhibition at the Venice Biennale. Works that he has shown at this exhibition include Trailer for a Remake of Gore Vidal's Caligula, which was designed as a hypothetical remake of the pornographic film I, Caligula by Tinto Brass. The trailer featured Milla Jovovich, Benicio Del Toro, and Courtney Love, among others. The next year, Vezzoli entered a film titled Democrazy, about a mock United States presidential election campaign. Sharon Stone and Bernard-Henri Levy play the candidates in that film. Vezzoli is considered an investigator of the myths of pop culture, and his works often feature pop icons and the stars of both the big and small screen, reminiscent of his influencer, Andy Warhol. In the film series An Embroidered Trilogy, he sought out the Italian film idols of his childhood: Iva Zanicchi, Franca Valeri, and Valentina Cortese. More recently, Lady Gaga joined him in an art performance at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, CA.

Vezzoli’s work has been shown in exhibitions around the world, including at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York and the National Gallery of Jeu de Paume in Paris. He currently resides in Milan, Italy.

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Francesco Vezzoli, Self-portrait as Helios vs Selene by Jean-Léon Gérôme

 

Francesco Vezzoli
Self-portrait as Helios vs Selene by Jean-Léon Gérôme
2012

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Francesco Vezzoli, CARLA DI CASTIGLIONE

 

Francesco Vezzoli
CARLA DI CASTIGLIONE
2011

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Francesco Vezzoli, Enjoy the New Fragrance (Tamara de Lempicka for Greed)

 

Francesco Vezzoli
Enjoy the New Fragrance (Tamara de Lempicka for Greed), 2009
Inkjet, brocade, wool, cotton, metallic embroidery, custom jewelry

 

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Francesco Vezzoli, The Human Voice: The Chord around my Neck

 

Francesco Vezzoli
The Human Voice: The Chord around my Neck, 2002
b&w laser print and metallic thread embroidery on canvas

 

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Francesco Vezzoli, The kid stays in the needlework (Homage to Francesco Scavullo's men)

 

Francesco Vezzoli
The kid stays in the needlework (Homage to Francesco Scavullo's men), 2003
black and white laserprint on canvas w/embroidery

 

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1971   Born in Brescia
1992 - 1995   Central St. Martin's School of Art, London, UK
2007   Trailer for a Remake of Gore Vidal’s Caligula, Kino im Museum, Ludwig, Cologne (solo)
2007   Francesco Vezzoli, Democrazy, Padiglione Italiano, 52. International Art Space, The Venice Biennal, Venice (solo)
2006   Taipei Biennial 2006, Taiwan
2006   6th Shanghai Biennale – Hypper Design, Chine
2006   KunstFilmBiennale Köln, Allemagne
2006   Figures de l’acteur. Le Paradoxe du comédien Collection Lambert en Avignon
2006   Francesco Vezzoli, Consortium Dijon, France
2006   Francesco Vezzoli Marlene Redux : A true Hollywood story ! (Part One), Tate Modern, London
2006   Whitney Biennial 2006 - Day for Night
2006   Whitney Biennial, New York, NY
2006   Francesco Vezzoli : the Gore Trilogy Gagosian Gallery - CA, Beverly Hills, CA
2006   Satellite of Love Witte de With, Rotterdam
2005   Superstars - Das Prinzip Prominenz. Von Warhol bis Madonna Kunsthalle Wien (Halle 1, Halle 2), Vienne
2005   Omaggio al quadrato Galleria Franco Noero, Turin
2005   Dall´occhio elettronico MUSEO D`ARTE CONTEMPORANEA CASTELLO DI RIVOLI, Turin
2005   Francesco Vezzoli - Triologia della morte Fondazione Prada, Milan
2005   51st International Exhibition: Always a Little Further La Biennale di Venezia, Venise
2005   Francesco Vezzoli - Trilogia della morte Fondazione Prada, Milan
2005   Prague Biennale 2 Prague Biennale, Prague
2005   Francesco Vezzoli Museu Serralves - Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Porto
2004   26 ° Bienal de São Paulo Fundação Bienal de São Paulo, São Paulo
2004   The Future Has a Silver Lining - Genealogies of Glamour Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich
2004   Francesco Vezzoli Fondazione Prada, Milan
2002   Francesco Vezzoli Giò Marconi Gallery, Milan
2002   „Gee... how glamorous“ – Andy Warhol: Stars und Theatralität/Francesco Vezzoli Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig, Leipzig
2002   Penetration Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY
2002   Penetration Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York, NY
2002   The Films of Francesco Vezzoli New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY
2002   Francesco Vezzoli MUSEO D`ARTE CONTEMPORANEA CASTELLO DI RIVOLI, Turin
2001   Haraldur Jónsson, Annika Ström, Francesco Vezzoli Contemporary Art Center Vilnius (CAC), Vilnius
2001   Magic & Loss - Video by young Italian artists Contemporary Art Center Vilnius (CAC), Vilnius
2000   Francesco Vezzoli Galleria d´Arte Moderna, Bologne
2000   Art & Facts Galleria Franco Noero, Turin
1999   Videodrome New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY
1999   Omaggi Oltraggi Gian Ferrari Studio di consulenza per il ´900 italiano e Arte contemporanea, Milan
1999   An embroidered trilogy - Francesco Vezzoli Giò Marconi Gallery, Milan
1998   Fast Forward: Indipendent Italian Films and Videos, Brown University, Providence, USA
1998   La coscienza luccicante, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, I, Curated by Paola Sega Serra Zanetti, Maria Grazia Tolomeo
1997   Fatto in Italia / Made in Italy (Video selection), Centre d'Art Contemporain, Geneve, CH; Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, USA, Curated by Paolo Colombo