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.

Timeline

1971
Born in Brescia
1992–1995
Central St. Martin's School of Art, London, UK

Exhibitions

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