Oscuramento: The Wars of Fabio Mauri

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 (Installation view, 'Oscuramento. The Wars of Fabio Mauri', Hauser & Wirth London. © Estate Fabio Mauri. Courtesy Estate of Fabio Mauri and Hauser & Wirth Photo: Alex Delfanne)
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Installation view, 'Oscuramento. The Wars of Fabio Mauri', Hauser & Wirth London. © Estate Fabio Mauri. Courtesy Estate of Fabio Mauri and Hauser & Wirth Photo: Alex Delfanne
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Installation view, 'Oscuramento. The Wars of Fabio Mauri', Hauser & Wirth London. © Estate Fabio Mauri. Courtesy Estate of Fabio Mauri and Hauser & Wirth Photo: Alex Delfanne
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Installation view, 'Oscuramento. The Wars of Fabio Mauri', Hauser & Wirth London. © Estate Fabio Mauri. Courtesy Estate of Fabio Mauri and Hauser & Wirth Photo: Alex Delfanne
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Installation view, 'Oscuramento. The Wars of Fabio Mauri', Hauser & Wirth London. © Estate Fabio Mauri. Courtesy Estate of Fabio Mauri and Hauser & Wirth Photo: Alex Delfanne
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Installation view, 'Oscuramento. The Wars of Fabio Mauri', Hauser & Wirth London. © Estate Fabio Mauri. Courtesy Estate of Fabio Mauri and Hauser & Wirth Photo: Alex Delfanne
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Installation view, 'Oscuramento. The Wars of Fabio Mauri', Hauser & Wirth London. © Estate Fabio Mauri. Courtesy Estate of Fabio Mauri and Hauser & Wirth Photo: Alex Delfanne

Historical show of the postwar Italian avant-garde artist

Fabio Mauri (1926-2009) grew up in Mussolini-era Italy, and as a consequence, his art consistently examines the ways in which the traumas of war and fascism are assimilated by history. The gallery is filled with wall pieces, archival photographs and found-object sculptures. For the most part it’s the simpler works that resonate – a lone artillery shell on a plinth of the same gunmetal colour – versus the more elaborate assemblages of stacked basket hampers and military helmets, which feel a little sanitised. The horrors of totalitarianism are most effectively spelt out in the central installation, ‘The Grand Council,’ in which a waxwork Mussolini and 28 of his military personnel are gathered around a dinner table. Walking amongst these jackbooted men will send a shiver down your spine. 

During the exhibition run three performances of ‘Rancio’ da Picnic o Il buon soldato are scheduled on: Thursday Dec 10 at 6.30 pm; Saturday 12 December at 1 pm and Saturday 6 February 2016 at 1 pm.

By: Matt Breen

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