Fabio Mauri (Rome, 1926-2009) is one of the most important artists of the Italian post war avant-garde time. He travelled and lived between Milan and Bologna until 1957, and he then later moved to Rome to continue his exploration in the field of art.
In 1942, he started the magazine ‘Il Setaccio’ (The Sieve) with his friend Pier Paolo Pasolini. He taught Aesthetics of experimentation at the Academy of Fine Arts of L’Aquila for 20 years.
A multiple autobiography
At the end of ’57 he made the first “Schermi” (screens), his version of the monochrome: the search for zeroing whose mental form will cross all of Mauri’s work: the screen is the new true “symbolic form” of the world. In 1964 he began to reflect on the specificity of European culture and identified it in ideology, rethinking and facing the pain previously removed from the trauma of the war. Here are born the performances of the ’70s Cosa è il fascismo, Ebrea, Gran Serata Futurista 1909 – 1939. Fiction is a further means of complicity with the spectators in order to recreate a network of sensations between action and audience: from the painting to action, the idea emerges from the confines of the canvas, through acts of a past not yet disposed of and forever intolerable. Mauri’s complex work becomes a multiple autobiography paying attention to the contemporary world: an analysis between individual destiny and history.
In 2009 he was made Grand Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic by Giorgio Napolitano, the President of the Italian Republic.
Most important exhibitions
His art is presented in Canada, USA, Austria, Spain, Holland, Germany, Poland, Switzerland, Yugoslavia and England. The artist attended to the Venice Biennale in 1954, 1974, 1978, 1993, 2003, 2013 and 2015. In 2012 he was present at dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel and at the Palazzo Reale in Milan with the exhibition Fabio Mauri, The End.