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Fabio Mauri

(Rome, 1926 - 2009).

Fabio Mauri

Mauri's activity is extensive, including theater, performance, installation, painting, theory and teaching as elements of his unique expressive stance.

He worked at Bompiani Publishing in Rome and Milan from 1957 to 1975. In 1979 he was offered a professorship in Estetica della Sperimentazione (Aesthetics of Experimentation) at the Accedemia di Belle Arti in L'Aquila, where he taught until 2001.

His work ranks among the Italian Avant-garde from 1954. His first monochromatic works and Schermi date to 1957. In the 1970s, Mauri turned his attention to the ideological component of the linguistic avant-garde, proposing works like Ebrea (1971). He composed his first major performance, Che cosa è il fascismo in Rome in 1971 which he would later perform again at the Venice Biennale and in New York, followed by Natura e Cultura, Oscuramento and Muro d'Europa at Die Appel in Amsterdam. In 1974 he was invited to participate in the Venice Biennale for the first time where he would then exhibit in 1978 and in 1993 when he created Muro Occidentale o del Pianto.

In 1989 he organized the performance Che cosa è la filosofia. Heidegger e la questione tedesca. Concerto da tavolo for the Centro Multimediale Quarto di S. Giusta in L'Aquila.

His first retrospective in 1994 is Fabio Mauri Opere e Azioni. 1954-1994 at the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea in Rome. In 1996, Le Proiezioni is exhibited at MoCA in Los Angeles, the Wexner Center for the Arts (Ohio), the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and at the Palazzo delle Esponsizioni in Rome.

A second retrospective was produced in 1997 at the Kunsthalle in Klagenfurt. In 1999, Minimalia: da Balla a … was shown at P.S. 1 in New York. In 2000 his work was exhibited as part of Novecento. Arte e Storia in Italia at the Scuderie del Quirinale in Rome.

The last retrospective was installed in 2003 at Le Fresnoy, Studio National des Arts Contemporains, Lille. His impressive installation Inverosimile was included as part of the large exhibition Not Afraid of the Dark of Emergenze in Milan in 2007.

His last work, Fabio Mauri etc was exhibited at the Galleria Michela Rizzo in Venice in 2009.

He died in May 2009 after battling a long illness.

In 2012, Fabio Marui, The End was presented in dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel and at the Palazzo Reale in Milan.

His art has been exhibited in Canada, USA, Austria, Spain, Holland, Germany, Poland, Switzerland, Yugoslavia, and England and shown in cities such as Vancouver, Toronto, London, Edinburgh, Sunderland and at the Kulturhaus in Postadam.

His activities continue through the Studio Fabio Mauri Associazione per l'Arte e per L'Esperimento del Mondo.

Mauri published many essays in magazines and catalogues.

His extensive activity is collected in his last editorial work, Io sono un ariano, ed. Volume!/Roma, Lampi di Stampa/Milano.