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Patrizio di Massimo
dal 14/2/2014 al 11/4/2014

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Patrizio di Massimo

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Patrizio di Massimo

Kunsthalle Lissabon, Lisboa

Me, Mum, Mister, Mad. An exhibition constructed as a family portrait. In the title the initial letter of the pronoun me replaces those of the other characters. The exhibition space is inhabited by 3 large contiguous installations.

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Kunsthalle Lissabon presents Me, Mum, Mister, Mad, the first solo exhibition in Portugal of London-based Italian artist Patrizio Di Massimo.
Me, Mum, Mister, Mad is an exhibition constructed as a family portrait. In the title the initial letter of the pronoun me replaces those of the other characters. The exhibition space is inhabited by three large contiguous installations portraying the Father, the Sister and the Mother.
Me is what actually becomes visible in the presence of these three representations, which substitute assemblages of upholstery and trimmings for the family members. Each of them evokes, in its own way, the relationship between the biographical and the domestic, the familiar and the alien, the material and the virtual, the static and the performative.
The Father is Mad. This is the first character we encounter when we visit the exhibition. He has a separate room and consists of three oversized bolster cushions made from different clothing fabrics, leaning on each other as in a game of mikado, as well as a cluster of bird cages holding canaries.
In the role of the Sister we see Mister, a pile of cushions against a closed door. Sometimes a girl’s limbs can be glimpsed from under these cushions, and that is a live performance. The cushions are made from cotton jersey and cloth, adorned with cut fringes, trimmings or painted shapes.
The Mother, finally is represented as Mum, by a curtain fitted onto one of the windows in the venue. It is composed of a pelmet, an oversized tassel, transparent flesh-colored hosiery fabric and a climber plant.
According to Di Massimo, our relationship with domestic objects is thematized as both abstraction and figuration. If the price we pay for our western civilization and the domesticity that embodies it is the repression of some basics desires and fears, then the very same objects we use for this purpose can also take on the opposite function and bring back to the surface some of our submerged personal memories.
The family portrait, a classical trope of art history, also continues the artist's earlier engagement with themes such as the absence of orphanhood in western culture (Without Orphanhood, 2007). Self-portraiture is, in fact, a fundament of Di Massimo’s practice, connecting his latest project to earlier works such as Untitled (My Father Emulating Me), 2007, or Portrait of the Artist as an Old Man, 2012.
The new body of work now presented in Kunsthalle Lissabon is the continuation of the research into the use of furnishings as tools for allegorical representation that Di Massimo began for the Lustful Turk project (Villa Medici, Rome, 2012, and Gasworks, London, 2013), the exhibition I Want to Live Like This (T293, Rome, 2012) and the project Monologue for Two, 2013.
Me, Mum, Mister, Mad is a co-production with M HKA, the Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp, where it will travel as part of the group exhibition Don’t You Know Who I Am? Art after Identity Politics, curated by Anders Kreuger and Nav Haq.

Patrizio Di Massimo (Jesi, Italy, 1983) lives and works in London. Di Massimo graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera, Milan, and received his MA from the Slade School of Fine Art, London. He participated in residencies at Stipendium Kunstzeitraum, Munich (2012), de Ateliers, Amsterdam (2009–2011), Sommerakademie at Centre Paul Klee, Bern (2010). Recent solo exhibitions include The Lustful Turk, Gaswork, London (2013), I want to live like this, T293, Rome (2013), Il Turco Lussurioso, Villa Medici, Rome (2012) and a performance at the Stedelijk Museum as part of the public program (2012). Last year his work has been featured among others in the group exhibitions Souvenir, at Galerie Emanuel Perrotin, Paris, The 338 Hour Cineclub, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, It may be that beauty has strengthened our resolve, ParaSite, Hong Kong. In 2012 he was selected as a finalist in the Premio Italia 2012, hold at MAXXI, Rome and participated in La Storia che non ho vissuto (testimone indiretto), Castello di Rivoli, Rivoli, Ritual without Myth, Royal College of Art, London. Previous exhibitions include One caption hides another, Betonsalon, Paris (2011), Prague Biennale 5, Prague (2011), Tous Cannibales, Maison Rouge, Paris (2011), See Reason, Stedelijk Bureau Museum of Amsterdam (2011); Let Us Compare Mythologies, Witte de With, Rotterdam (2010), Low Dèco, Villa Necchi Campiglio, Milano (2010), Tutta la memoria del mondo, GAM, Turin (2010); Patrizio Di Massimo, Zilkha Auditorium, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (2009). In 2010 he co-curated the exhibition, More Pricks Than Kicks with Vincent Honoré at the David Roberts Art Foundation, London.

Kunsthalle Lissabon is generously supported by Teixeira de Freitas, Rodrigues e Associados.

Opening reception: February 15th, 4 pm

Kunsthalle Lissabon
Av. da Liberdade 211 - 1º E 1250-194 Lisbon
From February 20th to April 12th
Thursday to Saturday: 3 pm – 7 pm

Patrizio di Massimo
dal 14/2/2014 al 11/4/2014

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