Francesco Vezzoli’s work explores power of contemporary popular culture. By closely emulating formats of various media, such as advertising and film, he addresses ongoing preoccupations with the fundamental ambiguity of truth, the seductive power of language, and the instability of the human persona. These include a trailer for a remake of Gore Vidal’s Caligula (2005), starring Vidal himself, Helen Mirren, and Courtney Love; an advertising campaign directed by Roman Polanski for Greed, a fictitious perfume; and elaborate, site–specific performances inspired by Pier Paolo Pasolini, Luigi Pirandello, and Salvador Dalí that have featured superstars like Catherine Deneuve, Cate Blanchett, and Lady Gaga. Though Vezzoli employs a diverse and varying array of media, needlepoint as remained a signature technique from the outset of his career. Initially emulating famous actors who practiced needlepoint on and off–screen—from Vicente Minelli to Joan Crawford, Cary Grant, and Greta Garbo—as time went on, it became a more profound and contemplative activity which he referred to as a world of feelings, crises, obsessions and depressions historically unified with the craft. Francesco Vezzoli was born in 1971 in Brescia, Italy. He received his B.A. in 1995 from Central St. Martin’s School of Art, London.

Francesco Vezzoli
Brescia, 1971

Current Exhibitions

16 Apr — 19 Jul
Through the exploration of the power of contemporary popular culture, Francesco Vezzoli continues to deal with the fundamental ambiguity of truth, the seduction of language and the extreme vulnerability of human characters. Using multiple...

Past Exhibitions

Francesco Vezzoli: C-CUT Homo Ab Homine Natus

Franco Noero Piazza Carignano
01/11/2018 — 12/01/2019

TV 70: Francesco Vezzoli guarda la Rai

Fondazione Prada, Milan
09/05/2017 — 09/06/2017

Overnight: 24 hours in contemporary art

MACRO 30/04/2016 — 02/10/2016

Quand fondra la neige ou ira le blanc?

Palazzo Fortuny
05/06/2016 — 25/09/2016

Francesco Vezzoli: Villa Marlene

Nouveau Musée National de Monaco 22/04/2016 — 11/09/2016

Solo Shows

TV70: Francesco Vezzoli guarda la Rai, Fondazione Prada, Milan

Museo Museion, Bolzano, Italy

Performance featuring David Hallberg, Performa 15, New York
Francesco Vezzoli’s Eternal Kiss, Almine Rech Gallery, London
The Metamorphoses of Francesco Vezzoli, Galleria Franco Noero, Turin

Teatro Romano, MoMA PS1, Long Island City, New York
Vezzoli Primavera-Estate, Museo Bardini, Museo di Casa Martelli and Museo Bellini, Florence
The Trinity: Cinema Vezzoli. MOCA, Los Angeles

Museum of Crying Women, Qatar Museums Authority, Doha, Qatar
The Trinity: Galleria Vezzoli, MAXXI, Rome

Francesco Vezzoli: Sacrilegio, Gagosian Gallery, New York

Francesco Vezzoli, Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow

Group Shows

After Picasso: 80 Contemporary Artists, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, USA
Prima Donna, A Symphonic Visual Concert (music by Rufus Wainwright featuring Cindy Sherman), Odeon of Herode Atticus, Athens
Patrice Chéreau: un musée imaginaire. Collection Lambert Musée d’Art Contemporain, Avignon, France
Liberi Tutti! Arte e società in Italia. 1989-2001, MEF Museuo Ettore Fico, Turin
Un Museo Ideale. Ospiti d’eccezione nelle collezioni del Novecento. Dal Futurismo al Contemporaneo, Museo del Novecento, Milan
In Part, Fondazione Prada, Milan
An Introduction, Fondazione Prada, Milan
Picasso Mania, Grand Palais, Paris
Picasso in Contemporary Art, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg
Dans un Intérieur. Meubles, œuvres murales & textiles d’artistes, Almine Rech Gallery, Brussels
Yes We’re Open, Giò Marconi, Milan


Shit and Die, Palazzo Cavour, Turin
Fundamentals. 14th International Architecture Exhibition, Venice
Who Shall Deliver Us From the Greeks and Romans? Galeri Manâ, Istanbul


The 24 Hour Museum, Palais d’Iéna, Paris

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Brescia Country of birth: Italy Date of birth: 1971 Lives in: Milan, Italy