Giuseppe Veneziano is an Italian painter and one of the leading figures of Italian art group “New Pop”. Politics, sex and religion are the three yardsticks that help Giuseppe Veneziano to assess the cultural climate of every period. He often starts from religious subjects, creating new visions related to the present day. His aim is to revive interest in the paintings of the past to find out the relationships they may have with the world around us.
Veneziano’s solo exhibition opens the summer season at Oblong Contemporary in Forte dei Marmi. The exhibition will be in conjuction with his public exhibition “The Blue Banana” in the square of Pietrasanta, Italy starting from the 19th of June.
Along the connective tissue dedicated to the great tradition of art, Veneziano makes allusions to news personalities, historical characters, icons of cinema and comics, contemporary actors.
It is through the mash-up technique – the same used by many contemporary dee-jays – that Veneziano connects contrasting elements, obtaining images capable of creating unprecedented and surprising visual associations, such as Dante Alighieri – of which this year the 700th anniversary of his death – writing his Divine Comedy on a Macbook laptop.
In some of his paintings, Veneziano combines Greek neo-classicism with the world of fantasy. In others, his love for the Renaissance and Baroque is shown in his re-interpretation of renowned masterpieces, where he substitutes the subjects of the original paintings, fundamentally changing their stories. Veneziano further reflects on the relationship between sex and power, representing several protagonists of the 20th century political history (Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, Berlusconi) mating with cartoon heroines and porn-stars.
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