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Porta Portese, in “Civiltà delle Macchine” (Roma), anno III, n. 1, gennaio 1955.
Il canto notturno dei pesci, in “Civiltà delle Macchine” (Roma), anno III, n. 3, aprile 1955.
Cara Roma, ricordi quando i pittori…, in “Corriere della Sera” (Milano), 26 ottobre 1987.
“Autopresentazione”, in Mimmo Rotella, Galleria d’Arte Selecta, Roma 1957.
“Autopresentazione”, in Alternative Attuali, L’Aquila 1962
Caro Le Noci, 1961, in P. Restany, Rotella: dal décollage alla nuova immagine, Edizioni Apollinaire, Milano 1963.
“Autopresentazione”, in Alternative Attuali 2. Rassegna Internazionale di Pittura Scultura Grafica, L’Aquila 1965.
Autorotella. Autobiografia di un artista, Sugar, Milano 1972.
Autopresentazione, 29 aprile 1984.
L’ora della lucertola, Spirali/Vel, Milano 2002.
P. Restany, Le ‘Nouveau Réalisme’ de Rotella, in “Metro 6 Special”, Arti Grafiche delle Venezie (Vicenza), June 1962
P. Restany, Rotella: dal décollage alla nuova immagine, Edizioni Apollinaire, Milan, 1963
P. Restany, Le Nouveau Réalisme 1960-1970, in “Chroniques de l’art vivant” (Paris), n. 14, October 1970
T. Trini, Rotella, Prearo, Milan 1970
A. Bonito Oliva, The Italian Trans-avantgarde. La transavanguardia italiana, Giancarlo Politi, Milan 1980
G. Appella, Colloquio con Rotella, Edizioni della Cometa, Rome 1984
Hunter Sam (a cura di), Rotella. Décollages 1954 - 1964, cat. mostra Galleria Marconi, Milano, Ed. Electa, November 1986.
C. Francblin, Les Nouveaux Réalistes, Editions du Regard, Paris 1997
G. Joppolo, Mimmo Rotella, Fall, Paris 1997
Celant, Mimmo Rotella. 1946-2005, Skira Editore, Milan 2007
F. D’Amico, Rotella. Disegni, Umberto Allemandi & C., Turin 2008
A. Fiz (a cura di), Mimmo Rotella. Opere su carta, Mondadori Electa, Milan 2008
A. Fiz (a cura di), Mimmo Rotella. Roma Parigi New York, Skira, Milan 2009
A cura di Bruno Di Marino, Marco Meneguzzo, Andrea La Porta, Lo sguardo espanso. Cinema d'artista italiano 1912-2012, Silvana Editoriale, 2012
G. Celant (a cura di), Mimmo Rotella. Décollages e retro d'affiches, Skira, Milan 2014
Poesie der Großstadt. Die Affichisten. Bernard Blistène, Fritz Emslander, Esther Schlicht, Didier Semin, Dominique Stella. Snoeck, Köln 2014

About the Artist

1918 Catanzaro, Italy

Domenico "Mimmo" Rotella (Catanzaro, 7 October 1918 – Milan, 8 January 2006)  was an Italian artist and poet who is best known for collages made from torn advertising posters in a medium which he called “double décollages.” He was born on October 7, 1918, in Catanzaro, Italy and studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Naples before moving to Rome in 1945.

There, he became associated with the Lettrism movement and—along with Raymond Hains, Jacque Villeglé, and François Dufrêne—became known as one of Les Affichistes, an artist group credited as the forefather of Street Art. His first solo exhibition was held in 1951 in at the Galleria Chiurazzi in Rome, and later that same year, he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship with which he traveled to Kansas City University.

In 1961, he was invited by Pierre Restany to join the New Realism movement, whose members included Yves Klein, Arman, and Jean Tinguely. In 1964, he represented Italy at the Venice Biennale. He died on January 8, 2006 in Milan, Italy at the age of 87.

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Rome, Via Beatrice Cenci, 8

The activity of the Gallery began as Galleria De Nisi in 1983, organizing exhibitions and participating in the major trade fairs, in 2013 the whole activity was transferred to the prestigious and evocative rooms of Palazzo Cenci in Rome. A new adventure to renew itself and to continue on a journey that is almost forty years long. In the new stunning setting,...

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