Arendt & Art Event
The exhibition "Massimo Vitali – La bella Estate " has been on view at Arendt & Medernach until 28 February 2014 every Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Massimo Vitali moved to London after high school, where he studied Photography at the Mondon College of Printing.
In the early Sixties he started working as a photojournalist, collaborating with many magazines and agencies in Italy and in Europe. It was during this time that he met Simon Guttmann, the founder of the agency report, who was to become fundamental in Massimo's growth as a "Concerned Photographer".
At the beginning of the Eighties a growing mistrust in the belief that photography ha an absolute capacity to reproduce the subtleties of reality led to a change in his career path. he began working as a cinematographer for television and cinema. However, his relationship with the still camera never ceased, and he eventually turned his attention back to "photography as a means for artistic research".
His series of Italian beach panoramas began in the light of drastic political changes in Italy. Massimo started to observe his fellow countrymen very carefully. He depicted a "sanitized, complacent view of Italian normalities", at the same time revealing "the inner conditions and disturbances of normality: its cosmetic fakery, sexual innuendo, commodified leisure, deluded sense of affluence, and rigid conformism".
Over the past 12 years he has developed a new approach to prortraying the world, illuminating the apotheosis of the Herd, expressing and commenting through the most intriguing, palpable forms of contemporary art - Photography.
He lives and works in Lucca, Italy, and in Berlin, Germany.
CollectionsCentro de Arte Reina Sofia madrid (Spain)the Guggenheim New York (USA)Centre Pompidou Musée National d'Art Moderne Paris (France)