The catalogue of the exhibition Mattotti-Sconfini at Villa Manin in Passariano di Codroipo, Udine
from October 29, 2016 to March 19, 2017
Painter, illustrator, traveller – it is impossible to exactly define Lorenzo Mattotti. Fallen in love with drawing at a very young age, he began his career in the ’70s ranging from comics to the illustration of classic books (from Collodi’s Pinocchio to Stevenson’s The Pavilion on the Links), from posters and illustrations for international newspapers and magazines (Le Monde, The New Yorker, Süddeutsche Zeitung, la Repubblica…) to collaborations with many world-famous artists (Lou Reed, Wong Kar-wai, Steven Soderbergh, Michelangelo Antonioni…). His books have been translated all over the world and dozens of exhibitions have been dedicated to his artwork throughout Europe and the United States.
His production challenges the very idea of boundary: since his beginnings, Mattotti has tried to push graphic languages and techniques to their limits. His constant desire to evolve and experiment has led him to try his hand at different techniques – pastel, coloured pencil, acrylic, Indian ink, oil paint, charcoal, etc. – and to deal with a great number of themes, exploring and sometimes blending together different genres. Sconfini (“Trespasses”) seems therefore a fitting title for the big anthological exhibition that will be held at the magnificent Villa Manin in Udine, from October 29, 2016 to March 19, 2017.
The exhibition, designed and organized by the Fonds Héléne & Édouard Leclerc pour la Culture, was held for the first time in Landerneau, France, from December 6, 2015 to March 6, 2016, with the title Infini. It offers a selection of almost 300 artworks that allows visitors to travel through the different chapters of a big introspective journey marked by the triumph of imagination, the art of composition and the expressive power of colour. “My production is – even to me – a journey in search for an identity. I am probably afraid of getting lost myself” says Mattotti in the conversation at the beginning of the catalogue.
The catalogue, which is the result of a strict collaboration between Mattotti himself and curator David Rosenberg (with the help of Lucas Hureau, associated curator), is finally available in an Italian edition published by Logos Edizioni. Metamorphosis, Angels, Ruins, Attraction, Love are just some of the themes that make up the exhibition itinerary and the different chapters of the book, which page after page will allow readers/viewers to live or relive the experience of the exhibition, thanks to a 360 degrees view on Lorenzo Mattotti’s vision and trespassing work.
Lorenzo Mattotti lives and works in Paris. After his studies in architecture, he started off in the late 1970s as a comic strip artist and in the early 1980s created the Valvoline collective together with other artists. In 1984 he published Fires, which was welcomed as a great event in the world of comics and won several important international prizes. From Incidenti to Stigmate, from Signor Spartaco to Doctor Nefasto, L'uomo alla finestra and several other titles, Mattotti’s work has evolved consistently and, at the same time, with the eclecticism of an artist who is always in search for new territories to explore. Today his books are translated all over the world and his illustrations are published in newspapers and magazines such as The New Yorker, Le Monde, Das Magazin, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Le nouvel Observateur, Corriere della Sera and la Repubblica. Mattotti re-interpreted the creations of the most important fashion designers for the magazine Vanity, and in 2010 designed all the covers for the architectural monthly magazine Domus. He has illustrated several children’s books, such as Pinocchio by Collodi and Eugenio, that won the Grand Prix of Bratislava in 1993, one of the most important awards in the field of children’s publishing. Mattotti’s works were featured in many solo exhibitions, such as the anthological expositions at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome, at the Frans Hals Museum in Haarlem and, more recently, at the Musei di Porta Romana in Milan. Mattotti has created posters, covers and advertising campaigns: he designed the posters for the Cannes Film Festival in 2000 and for the Estate Romana. Among his most recent publications: Jekyll & Hyde (NBM Publishing, 2003) and The Crackle of the Frost (Fantagraphics, 2003) and, at the same time, I manifesti di Mattotti (2002) and Angkor (2003) for Nuages; in 2008, Appunti sul paesaggio for Tricromia and Le avventure di Pinocchio in the Einaudi series “I Millenni”; in 2009 Hänsel e Gretel for Orecchio acerbo/Gallimard, whose amazing illustrations complete Neil Gaiman’s texts in the English edition. In 2010, a collaboration with Lou Reed gave birth to The Raven (Fantagraphics Books, 2012). In 2004, he created the segments between the three episodes of Eros, a film by Wong Kar-wai, Steven Soderbergh and Michelangelo Antonioni. In 2007 he made one of the six episodes of the collective animated film Peur(s) du noir. In 2011, he worked at the animated sequences of the movie by Charles Nemes, Il Etait une fois... peut-être pas and, in 2012, he created backgrounds and characters for Pinocchio, an animated film by Enzo D’Alò. In 2012, #logosedizioni launched the series “Works”, a systematic publication of his illustrations: the first volume deals with pastels and second one is a tribute to the fashion world. In 2013, #logosedizioni released also the visionary work Oltremai, which was exhibited at the Pinacoteca di Bologna. In 2014 he created Vietnam, for the “Travel Book” series by Louis Vuitton. In 2017, Mattotti collaborated again with Jerry Kramsky, creating the new graphic novel Ghirlanda (#logosedizioni), an epic story that carries the reader into a magical journey. Ghirlanda won the Gran Guinigi Award at Lucca Comics & Games in 2017. His personal exhibitions are numerous, including the retrospective at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome, the Frans Hals Museum in Haarlem, the Porta Romana Museums in Milan, and the most recent, the Sconfini retrospective (2016-2017) and Covers for The New Yorker (2018), for which #logosedizioni has curated the catalogs. In 2018, #logosedizioni has inaugurated a new series that brings the artistic evolution of the cartoonist Mattotti back in a new guise, starting with L’uomo alla finestra and Stigmate. Recently, Lorenzo Mattotti has directed the French-Italian animated film La famosa invasione degli orsi in Sicilia (The Bears' Famous Invasion of Sicily). The film, based on Buzzati’s omonymous book, was released in October 2019 and was selected to be screened in the “Un Certain Regard section” at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. Mattotti’s universe by now seamlessly ranges over comics, painting, illustration and film animation.
His books for #logosedizioni are: La stanza, Mattotti Works 1, Oltremai, Stanze, Venezia - limited edition, Venezia - Scavando nell’acqua, Mattotti Works 2 - Moda/Fashion, Nell’acqua, Oltremai - trade edition, Sconfini, Ghirlanda, Blind ,Covers for the New Yorker, L'uomo alla finestra, Stigmate,Caboto, Lettere da un tempo lontano and La Zona Fatua.
|Author||Giovanna Durì, Michel-Édouard Leclerc, David Rosenberg|
|Dimensions||cm 24,0 x 28,0|
|Arte oltre il tempo e lo spazio: passato e presente si incontrano in una mostra||Repubblica.it||www||24-10-2016|
|Un viaggio in quattrocento opere del più acclamato illustratore italiano nel mondo||Messaggero Veneto||28-10-2016|
|Un viaggio in quattrocento opere del più acclamato illustratore italiano nel mondo||Il Piccolo||28-10-2016|
|L'universo di Mattotti oltre i confini del fumetto||L'Unità||20-11-2016|
|30 fumetti e volumi illustrati da regalare a Natale||Fumettologica.it||www||13-12-2016|
|Lorenzo Mattotti senza confini||22-02-2017|
|Il disegno come viaggio personale. Intervista a Lorenzo Mattotti||Fumettologica.it||www||01-03-2017|
|‘Sconfini. Nell’acqua’, l’arte onirica e infinita di Lorenzo Mattotti||Il Chaos||www||05-06-2019|