In 2020, Tornabuoni Art Paris is staging 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 highlights 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 gathers 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 ‘Renato 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 the first retrospective since the artist passed away in 2014. The last major exhibition of his work was held at the MACRO – Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Roma in 2013.
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.
The exhibition is accompanied by an important catalogue edited by Federico Sardella in collaboration with the Archivio Mambor.
Photos by Aurélien Mole, courtesy of Tornabuoni Art