Organised with Olivier Renaud-Clément, Hauser & Wirth presents ‘Oscuramento: The Wars of Fabio Mauri’ an historical exhibition of works by Italian artist Fabio Mauri and the artist’s first solo show in London for over 20 years.
Born in 1926, Mauri was raised among writers and painters, and befriended through his life intellectuals in both artistic and cultural circles of Italy’s new avant-garde, such as the novelist Italo Calvino, philosopher and semiotician Umberto Eco, and film director Pier Paolo Pasolini. As a result Mauri’s varied body of work includes performances, installations, films, found-object sculptures, mixed media works and theoretical writings.
Mauri’s art developed as a means to overcome his personal trauma caused by witnessing, both first-hand and through media, the atrocities of Fascist Italy and Europe at war. Fabio Mauri said “I patiently recompose, with my own hands, the experience of the shameful. I explore its mental possibilities…I behave as if that reality (that history) had not had its final condemnation, but were still adding further data right up to our time today.”
Oscuramento: The Wars of Fabio Mauri presents how the artist explored the mechanisms of war through three methodological approaches, such as the private experiences of soldiers and citizens, the manifestation of political power, and how war was expressed in the media.
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