First came Fendi’s Palazzo Privé. Now comes the Mayfair gallery of Italian art dealer Mazzoleni. The connection? A radical overhaul by the distinguished design duo behind Milan’s DimoreGallery, incorporating art and objets from the Mazzoleni inventory, and marking the first in a new series of guest-curated exhibitions at the latter’s London outpost.
The show, Mazzoleni Invites: DimoreGallery (Un)comfort Zone (September 5-24), will set a select range of eclectic paintings and design pieces in one of five plushly appointed rooms – a study, a bedroom, a bathroom, a living room and a dressing room – created especially by DimoreGallery to complement or contrast with the various works. Each space will be viewable only through a brass porthole, and will feature creations by Italy’s postwar masters, including Alighiero Boetti, Agostino Bonalumi and Dadamaino, as well as later works by the likes of Fausto Melotti, Michelangelo Pistoletto and Nunzio.
The living room will be home to Bonalumi’s Nero (about €130,000), a dark and hypnotic canvas and vinyl tempera from 1964, while in the same room will be Pistoletto’s Cabina Telefonica (about €650,000), an intriguing silkscreen on polished stainless steel featuring a half-revealed phone box, and dating from 2010. More immediately eye-catching pieces will be placed in the dressing room – such as Paolo Scheggi’s 1969 work Base Quadrata, Modulo 3, Taglio Semplice Pluridirezionale (about €600,000), a neon-pink oil on overlapping canvas – and in the dining room, where the technicolour snowflake of Victor Vasarely’s 1989 work Mernoek (about €150,000) will pop out against its contemporary setting.
Pistoletto will appear again in the form of Specchio da Toelatta (price yet to be set), a striking silkscreen on polished super-mirror stainless steel, although the room it will sit in is still to be decided. In the bathroom, meanwhile, will be Getulio Alviani’s Superficie a Testura Vibratile (about €120,000), a shimmering set of eight subtly varied aluminium panels from 1962.
The show promises to set the bar high for annual Mazzoleni Invites exhibitions, which will invite various architects, interior designers and fashion creatives to stage projects involving Mazzoleni’s collection.