The first part of Rotella's artistic career is characterized by the experimentation of different pictorial styles. In 1951, after being awarded with the Fullbright Foundation scholarship, Rotella goes to the University of Kansas City where he stays until 1952. After Rotella comes back to Italy he develops the décollage technique, reflecting on the pictorial media and the necessity to use new materials.The décollage consists in tearing off the advertising posters from the streets attaching the scraps on the canvas. By tearing a piece of the poster the artist reduce his emotive and expressive participation to a minimum, in order to incorporate it into a found object. By dismembering the image, Rotella moves in the direction of an unfinished condition and imperfection, exalting the fraction and its singularity. During the 60s he dedicates a series to the world cinema affiches depicting the faces of the Hollywood myths.
Among his most important exhibitions we can mention: The Art of Assemblage, Museum of Modern Art (New York, 1961); Oltre l'Informale IV International Art Biennial of San Marino (San Marino,1963); Vitalità del negativo nell'arte italiana 1960/70, Palazzo delle Esposizioni (Rome, 1970); Arte Italiana del XX secolo, Royal Academy of Arts (London, 1989); The Italian Metamorphosis 1943-1968, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York, 1994); Art and film since 1945. Hall of Mirrors, Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, 1996); Mimmo Rotella: Rétrospective, Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain (Nizza, 1999); Mimmo Rotella: Avenue Rotella, Museum Tinguely (Basel, 2005); Mimmo Rotella. Décollages e retro d’affiches, Palazzo Reale, (Milan, 2014).
Mimmo Rotella, Collage A, 1958
Décollage on paper on canvas
cm 54 x 50