Francesco Vezzoli is one of the most famous and acclaimed contemporary Italian artists alive today. A new series of exhibitions, the Trinity, will celebrate his career in art. Announced via a hilarious trailer, the 15 year retrospective is named for the three locations where it will take place. Currently based at the MAXXI museum in Rome, it will be followed with a solo show at New York’s MoMA PS1 and at MOCA Los Angeles this fall.
The three elements that have characterized the artist’s career since its very beginning – art, religion and cinema – intermingle in the mystic and expressive world featured in the Trinity trailer. The three elements of the video are also the themes for each location of the retrospective: The MAXXI in Rome will be turned into an over-decorated museum and titled Galleria Vezzoli; the MoMa exhibition, The Church of Vezzoli, will be held in a real XIX century Italian Church, deconstructed and rebuilt on-site; MOCA will host Cinema Vezzoli, which will explore cinema as a reflection of our fame-obsessed society.
While Vezzoli’s stellar career has included shows at some of the most iconic museums and galleries in the world, including Stockholm’s Moderna Museet, the Tate Modern in London, The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York and Fondazione Prada in Milan, it’s the three-city Trinity that is truly an appropriate for an artist who has made his name through commentary on cult and celebrity.