image for ‘Europa Bombardata’ Performance in Conjunction with ‘Fabio Mauri,’ Hauser & Wirth New York, 22nd Street, 25 January 2018, 6.15 pm, and 26 – 27 January 2018, 12 pm

‘Europa Bombardata’ Performance in Conjunction with ‘Fabio Mauri,’ Hauser & Wirth New York, 22nd Street, 25 January 2018, 6.15 pm, and 26 – 27 January 2018, 12 pm


The re-staging of Fabio Mauri’s historical performances continues with ‘Europa Bombardata’ (‘Europe Bombarded’). Originally performed in 1978 at the Church of Santa Lucia in Bologna, the performance aims to reconstruct collective memory of the Fascist era using fragments from Mauri’s personal memories.

‘Fabio Mauri. With Out’ is a solo exhibition of works by the late Italian artist, organized with Olivier Renaud-Clément. In a career spanning five decades, Mauri conducted an unyielding critical exploration of the mechanics of ideology, specifically as they materialized in the visual languages associated with World War II, the rise of Fascism and the Holocaust, and their lingering echoes in the modern world. His command of a diversity of disciplines and mediums – from drawing, painting, sculpture, performance, film, and installation, to theatre and theoretical writings – produced an oeuvre that effectively connects the enduring traumas of the twentieth century to today. Sobering, direct, and poetic, Mauri’s work recovers individual and collective historical memory; it addresses themes of mass communication and manipulation, and brings to light the political dimension of images that proliferate throughout contemporary society by means of our most prized tools.

Image: Performance ‘Europa Bombardata’ (Performance ‘Europe Bombarded’), 1994 © The Estate of Fabio Mauri

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