When art meets fashion
A never-ending game, the dualism between good and evil, light and darkness. Dualism as a trait of the FENDI DNA: FF, after all, is double. FENDI/FIEND. ROMA/AMOR. Anagramming to make opposites collide: Fiend as little demon, but also as aficionado, Amor as love. This is how he creates logos of small demons, snakes with FF tongues and a series of playing cards with the artistic director Silvia Venturini Fendi as queen and Karl Lagerfeld as joker. Nico Vascellari also designed the catwalt, a sort of trompe l’oeil cave, a dark room crossed by red rays of light, a kinetic neon sculpture showed the illustrations made by the artist.
Nico Vascellari is considered one of the best known Italian contemporary artists of his generation. His work is characterized by the use of different languages and expressive means: performance, sculpture, installations, drawing, collage, video. The sound dimension – part of the artist’s background – is used to convey forces and energies that disrupt the order of things in the work of art. His research draws on anthropology and folklore, combining a deep and personal link with nature to contaminations with the alternative underground scene. Among his recent solo exhibitions: Vida Kumen Umea (2017), Whitworth Art Gallery Manchester (2016), Villa Medici Rome (2016), Estorick Collection London (2016), National Gallery of Arts Tirana (2015). He has participated in numerous collective exhibitions in international venues, including, in recent years: Palais de Tokyo Paris (2017), Museion Bolzano (2016), Museo Del Novecento Milan (2016), Beyeler Foundation Basel (2014). Among the major exhibitions: Manifesta7 Rovereto (2008), 15th Rome Quadriennale (2008), 52nd Venice Biennale (2007). For over 10 years Nico Vascellari has opened to the public part of his studio in Vittorio Veneto for the Codalunga project, a space dedicated to sound and visual experimentation that has hosted over 250 artists, musicians and creative artists on the international scene.