In 2020, Tornabuoni Art Paris will stage the most comprehensive survey of Renato Mambor ever to be held outside of Italy. Continuing its programme of presenting twentieth-century and contemporary Italian artists to the international public, Tornabuoni Art will highlight the work of this important and multi-faceted figure of the Italian School of Piazza del Popolo, in collaboration with the Archivio Mambor and Federico Sardella, the Italian art critic and writer on the artists of this period. The show will gather 30 artworks from the 1960s to 2013, surveying Mambor's entire career.
Featuring a selection of paintings, an installation and the screening of the film 'Mambor' by Gianna Mazzini, the exhibition traces the wide-ranging work of this significant artist, whose work connects to many currents in painting and performance art, yet who has remained less well-known internationally. This show is one of the first retrospective since the artist passed away in 2014. The last major exhibition of his work was held at the Palazzo Te in Mantua in 2014.Mambor was originally part of the Roman School of Piazza del Popolo, which during the early 1960s adopted a more figurative, Pop-inspired approach in reaction against the abstraction of Art Informel of the 1950s. His fellow artists included Mario Schifano, Franco Angeli, Tano Festa, Pino Pascali, Mario Ceroli and Jannis Kounellis, among others. Mambor played a major role in the return to a form of figuration, also becoming a celebrated performer, theatre director and stage designer.
This show focuses on the artist's creative process in a variety of media - from fine art to performance - bringing together artworks and archival materials and highlighting the artist's interest in the body and its representation and perception.
His important 'Osservatore' series, presents an individual devoted to the act of observation and exemplifies the symbiotic relationship between performance and art in Mambor's work. While the artist originally removed himself from his paintings, in more recent years he introduced his own figure into his work. Mambor sought not simply to look at himself, but to acknowledge his role as an artist and protagonist in his own work. He appears in silhouette and profile in his paintings, sculptures and installations in order to focus on the act of observing, rather than the individual character.
Also featured in the Tornabuoni Art exhibition is the large installation Fili, which consists of multi-color thread spools and a life-sized sculptural figure in the foreground. Cut to Mambor's profile, the figure holds the start of a skein of yarn, as it highlights the artist's idea that separation is an illusion and everything is connected, as he explained in 2012:
"There is nothing and no one that is truly separate from the rest, for life itself becomes manifest in the relationship... between the painter and the act of creating the painting, between the painting and the viewer... These threads in art are what bind us to our fellow travellers, to contemporary history, to the past, to the various forms of art, even to those we do not share. Even a missed beat is part of the heart".
The exhibition is accompanied by an important catalogue edited by Federico Sardella in collaboration with the Archivio Mambor.
Press release courtesy Tornabuoni Art.