ROOM 6 – IN THE “WINTER GARDEN”
The room painted by Massimo Kaufmann in 2014 – with several artist friends being brought in to help with the task – hosts the exhibition’s signature piece. Like two sides of the same coin, the small paintings, placed in a wooden casing in the centre of the room, recount two events that are both analogous and opposing, between history and fiction. Samorì’s work is inspired by a famous photo immortalising the moment two “Monuments men” recovered a Self Portrait by Rembrandt, which had been hidden by Nazis. Fato’s work, on the other hand, recounts a discovery both fake and grotesque: the large head is a pseudo Roman find that emerged on an American beach and which came from the nearby Hollywood Studios, where it was created for a historical blockbuster a few years earlier.
Nicola Samorì, Salt, 2013, oil on panel, AmC Coppola Collection, Vicenza
Matteo Fato, Untitled, 2013, oil on linen, plywood transport box, Private collection