This summer, Mauro Perrucchetti was invited to exhibit at the inaugural Rome Biennale di Scultura, an exhibition of outdoor sculpture featuring the work of Italian and international artists. Mauro Perrucchetti was selected from a series of significant international contemporary and historic sculptors by the organising committee, and invited to participate. Perrucchetti is exhibiting three works, Jelly Baby Family;Michelangelo 2020; and Modern Heroes. This is the first time Perrucchetti has exhibited his work in Italy.
Through a fusion of the old and new coming together, this new celebration of contemporary public sculpture takes place in designated areas of the historic city, creating ‘open air’ gallery spaces, adding to the city of Rome’s unique heritage and artistic scene.
For Perrucchetti, the Jelly Baby Family embodies the unity of family and the multicultural aspect of modern society. The artist uses the jelly baby as an impersonation of cloned mankind.
Perrucchetti’s daring and somewhat iconoclastic Michelangelo 2020, is a sexual transfiguration of Michelangelo’s iconic Renaissance piece, David (c. 1504). The breasted figure is sculpted from marble extracted from the same marble quarry from which the stone for David was taken.
There is a further reference to Michelangelo in this selection of work:
“In the large marble, Modern Heroes, we can all recognise Batman and Superman. But no one expects to see them involved in an openly gay relationship. … The latter stretches out an admiring hand to touch Superman, the gesture is a reference to Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling. The sculpture is Perrucchetti’s celebration of changes in contemporary society.” Richard Cork, Art Critic
The work of Mauro Perrucchetti unites Pop aesthetics with social comment, addressing some of the most pressing and difficult issues in today’s society in a way that is subtle and accessible, without being trite, shocking or obscure. Mauro is above all an artist who is connected; he sees the bigger picture and world affairs and has his finger on the pulse of contemporary society. Having made things all his life, Perrucchetti is truly a master-maker; fascinated with the way things are constructed. His experiments with contemporary materials put him at the cutting edge of contemporary art and he is one of very few artists confronting some of the most fundamental issues of our day, such as cloning, religion and consumerism.