ANDREA SALVINO

“La stupidità degli altri mi affascina,
ma preferisco la mia”

Zeichnungen, Skulpturen, Gemälde, Fotografien
mit Musik von Ennio Morricone

We’re pleased to announce "La stupidità degli altri mi affascina, ma preferisco la mia". Drawings, sculptures, paintings, photographs with music by Ennio Morricone, the first solo exhibition by the artist Andrea Salvino at the Katharina Maria Raab Gallery. In addition to paintings and drawings, the exhibition is centred around a new group of works.

The point of departure for Salvino’s new works are the books he collected over a long period of time. He discovered them in boxes marked ‘to be given away’, which are so typical of the street scene in Berlin-Kreuzberg and in which people place all the things they no longer want but it would be a shame to throw away, and which shouldn’t be completely forgotten.
The artist picks books from the boxes that appeal to him instinctively. The content is less important than the picture on the cover, the illustrations or a special hand-written dedication on the first pages of the book. The artist then adds his drawings and photographs on the cover, the title page or directly over the text.

For this purpose he draws on his private archive of images from the world of film, of images from the Nazi era or the politically turbulent 1970s in Italy, and also on erotic and pornographic images. He is especially interested in disturbing images, images often excised in the official version of history, images of crime and violence, images that break social taboos.

The artist then decides by means of association which motif to draw in which book. Images of the life reform movements meet adventure novels for children, portraits of Italian directors are imposed on heroic Nordic sagas. He combines things in a surprising manner, with the result that every drawing is like a tiny tessera in a mosaic, contributing piece by piece to a different view of the past that stands in critical contrast to society’s public memory.

In addition to these book objects, the exhibition also features large-format drawings on cardboard created according to the same associative work process, and a sculpture. The sculpture, a foot formed out of salt is a play on the Italian term leccapiedi, which corresponds to the English term bootlicker and represents the concept of Salvino’s oeuvre.

The exhibition is accompanied by music by Ennio Morricone.

Andrea Salvino was born in Rome in 1969. He currently lives in and works in Berlin.
His works have been exhibited in many internatonal institutions, among the more recent: Museo MACRO in Rome, Castello di Rivoli – Museo d’Arte Contemporanea in Turin, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebudengo in Turin, Galleria d’Arte Moderna di Bologna, Fondazione Adriano Olivetti in Rome, Italian Embassy in Berlin, Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Dome City Center in Beirut, Fondazione Merz in Turin, Palazzo Grassi in Venice, Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci in Prato, Palazzo delle Esposizioni of Rome, American Academy in Rome, MAXXI Museum in Rome, Hangar Bicocca in Milan, Midway Contemporary Art of Minneapolis, Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, Milan/Venice.