The Museum of Crying Women – Francesco Vezzoli in Qatar

The Museum of Crying Women - Francesco Vezzoli in Qatar
For his first exhibition in the Middle East, Italian artist Francesco Vezzoli will bring together his most striking portraits of iconic female figures of the last century, including Joan Crawford, Elizabeth Taylor and Lady Gaga, in a celebration of femininity. Presented by Qatar Museums Authority, The Museum of Crying Women will be on view from October 7 until November 30, 2013, at QMA Gallery in Katara.

Adorned with Vezzoli’s signature embroidered tears, the exhibition will display portraits, embroideries and needleworks of Hollywood legends, first ladies, fashion icons and pop culture celebrities reflecting the drama of the divided female identity–and the anguish of being caught in between a private life and a life in the spotlight.

In a space reminiscent of the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles, the exhibition will include a new series of artworks inspired by Oum Kulthom, one of the most admired female Arab singers, as well as a bronze sculpture of Sophia Loren.

The exhibition has been created in dialogue with Hans-Ulrich Obrist (Co-Director of Exhibitions and Programmes and Director of International Projects at the Serpentine Gallery, London) Rem Koolhaas (Founder of architecture firm OMA), and the artist. An illustrated catalogue produced by Kaleidoscope Press will accompany the exhibition.

Francesco Vezzoli was born in 1971, in Brescia, Italy, and studied at Central St. Martins School of Art in London from 1992 to 1995. He lives and works in Milan. The artist is currently the subject of a three-part international retrospective titled “The Trinity” at MAXXI – Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI secolo, Rome, MoMA PS1, New York and MOCA, Los Angeles (2013–2014). The artist’s work has been exhibited in various international museums including The Garage CCC, Moscow, (2010), MOCA – Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2009), Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (2009), Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume, Paris (2009), Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2009), Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2007), Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich (2007), New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (2001). His works have been featured in diverse biennials, including the 2006 Whitney Biennial, the 49th, 51st and 52nd Venice Biennale, the 26th São Paulo Biennial, the 6th Istanbul Biennial, and in numerous group shows.

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Image: Jane & Gloria, 2013. Laserprint and watercolour on canvas, metallic embroidery, metal needle. Detail – 2 elements – Diam: 26 cm each – Unique. Courtesy of the Artist.


“Trailer for the remake of Gore Vidal’s Caligula” by Francesco Vezzoli

Starring Milla Jovovich, Benicio Del Toro, Courtney Love, Barbara Bouchet, Gore Vidal & Adriana Asti.

GREED, A New Fragrance by Francesco Vezzoli

GREED, A New Fragrance by Francesco Vezzoli from MOCA on Vimeo.

MOCA: Francesco Vezzoli has been an important part of MOCA’s history. His work A Love Trilogy: Self-Portrait with Marisa Berenson as Edith Piaf (1999) is included in the museum’s permanent collection, and in 2009, a new performance work conceived by Vezzoli was presented for the first and only time at MOCA’s celebrated 30th anniversary gala. The work, a version of Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, entitled Ballets Russes Italian Style (The Shortest Musical You Will Never See Again), starred Lady Gaga and dancers from the Bolshoi Ballet performing the world premiere of Speechless.

Vezzoli’s work GREED, A New Fragrance by Francesco Vezzoli (2009) replicates the strategy and aesthetics of a commercial perfume launch. Greed’s label features Vezzoli in drag, photographed by Francesco Scavullo. The bottle of perfume is accompanied by a 60-second commercial for the perfume, directed by Academy Award-winning director Roman Polanski and starring Oscar-nominated actors Natalie Portman and Michelle Williams, as well as a new series of needlework portraits of leading female figures in art history, including Tamara de Lempicka, Eva Hesse, Leonor Fini – as immortalized endorsements of Vezzoli’s fragrance.

The 60-second commercial, GREED, A New Fragrance by Francesco Vezzoli (2009) is a generous proposed gift of the artist to MOCA.

FRANCESCO VEZZOLI: The Trinity Trailer

“Galleria Vezzoli,” MAXXI, Rome, Italy
“The Church of Vezzoli,” MoMAPS1, Long Island City, New York
“Cinema Vezzoli,” MOCA, Los Angeles, California