Villa MarleneA project by
Francesco Vezzoli

Monaco,
29 April – 11 September, 2016

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Francesco Vezzoli Villa Marlene, 2016. Courtesy of the artist

 

Villa Marlene is a great project devised by Francesco Vezzoli who retraces his work devoted to the amazing figure of Marlene Dietrich over more than 15 years. Between new works made specially for the exhibition and works coming from large private collections, Villa Marlene proposes a fictional journey in an abode which could have hosted the actress decorated with portraits bearing her image produced by the most important artists of her period.
In order to plunge visitors into a total immersion, Vezzoli takes possession of the interior of the Villa Sauber, one of the last Belle Epoque villas in Monaco, by giving it back its use value and its original décors.
All the rearranged rooms in the house are decorated showing pictures, posters, films and sculptures, which highlight the actress, and assert her status as a glamour icon. From the famous embroideries of abstract masterpieces and portraits of divas, to interventions carried out on ancient statues, Vezzoli has always woven a powerful and irreverent dialogue with art history, film, the media, and power. He shares his present-day concerns which are the deep-seated ambiguity of the notion of truth, the seductive power of language, and the instability of the human being.

 

 

 

“I AM TAKING POSSESSION OF THIS VILLA IN ORDER TO TURN IT INTO A MUSEUM OF COMMEMORATIVE RELICS. OBVIOUSLY, EVERYTHING IS FAKE,
BUT IT IS AS IF EVERYTHING WERE TRUE.” – FRANCESCO VEZZOLI