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The show

An artist with a past as director of the style office of the Versace fashion house, Bruno Gianesi contaminates in his works the lesson of the historical avant-gardes (in particular of surrealism) with suggestions coming from the world of fashion and from the society of communication.
The works presented in this exhibition - which as usual were created not only by painting on fabric, but using the fabric itself as a pictorial material - target the pervasive spread of fake news that not only infests the media system, but now also the daily life of anyone who owns a smartphone. Gianesi considers fake news nothing but technological evolutions of ancient lies: an undervalued term, because it is considered childish and harmless, which in its etymological root refers to an attitude of evil (see the German term böse which in Italian means wicked) ) and not just altering the truth.
The protagonist of most of the works on display is, with his unmistakable elongated nose, the most emblematic figure of "the one who says the lies". Pinocchio is also a metaphor for the massified individual who, in his knowledge of reality, depends on those who "pull the strings" of consensus. Furthermore, as a puppet, Collodi's literary creature recalls that process of rediscovery The march of the Pinocchios A tribute to Gianni Versace of the expressive potential of the puppet, led first by the Symbolists then by metaphysics and surrealism, to which Gianesi has always looked with interest. A section of the exhibition brings together some works that the artist has created in homage to Gianni Versace. These works - made for the exhibition "Dialogues-Dissing. Gianni Versace Magna Grecia Tribute ”held at the National Archaeological Museum of Naples in 2017, on the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of the designer's death, and arrived as“ Versace Retrospective ”in 2018 at the Kronprinzenpalais in Berlin - referring to the years of professional life at the maison Versace during which, as Roberto Borghi writes in the presentation text, «Gianesi was trained as an artist, even before as a designer». Sixteen years during which the contact with Gianni Versace has allowed him to understand how fashion can be a model of authenticity if, as happened in the past, he manages to be «a search for beauty before consensus, quality craftsmanship before marketing strategy , creation of an aesthetic model to propose to society instead of exaltation of the most unsightly models created by the company itself ».

Timetable and tickets


Foro Buonaparte, 67
20121 Milano


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