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Rotella Mimmo

Mimmo Rotella (Catanzaro, 1918 – Milan, 2005) is best known for his Décollages –born in 1953– or for the tearing of advertising posters posted in the streets whose fragments are glued on the canvas. This trend culminates in the Cinecittà series and in the one dedicated to Hollywood movie stars. In 1961 he joins the group of Nouveau Réalisme founded by Pierre Restany. «Tearing posters off walls is the only compensation, –says Rotella– the only way to protest a society that has lost the taste of change and fabulous transformations».

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Mimmo Rotella was born in Catanzaro in 1918 and died in Milano in 2005.

He attended the Accademia di Belle Arti in Naples, took his diploma and moved to Rome.
In 1945 he started painting, and in 1951 put on his debut exhibition of abstract-geometrical works (influenced by Mondrian and Kandinsky). The first period of his activity was characterised by the experimentation of various pictorial styles, which led him to revolutionise post-war artistic language.
In this period he can be considered as the forerunner of the neo-Dada current in Italy. After an initial period of abstract studies, he spent some time in the United States and, when he returned to Rome, he composed phonetic poems, giving up painting.

In 1953 he made his first décollages, a technique involving the tearing of street advertising posters, of which the fragments are pasted onto the canvas. Initially, he used both the back and the front of the posters, playing on the various chromatic effects that this dual possibility offered. As from 1958 he gradually abandoned his purely abstract compositions and started making décollages with clearly legible images.
Over the following years he perfected his technique which became a collage double décollage: posters which are torn, stuck onto the canvas and then torn again. This trend culminated in the Cinecittà series and in the one devoted to cinema stars and famous personalities. His works with international cinema posters with the faces of the great legends of Hollywood date from the Sixties onwards.

In 1961 he became a member of Pierre Restany’s Nouveau Réalisme group. He moved to Paris in 1964 and worked on the creation of a new technique: this was Mec Art, with which he made works using mechanical processes on primed canvases. He continued his experiments with the Artypo series – printers’ trial runs chosen and glued freely to the canvas.

In 1975 came the Plastiforme series of torn posters placed on polyurethane supports in order to give them a three-dimensional nature. He exhibited these at the Galleria Plura in Milan, and in the same year also published the first Italian LP of Poemi Fonetici 1949/75 with an introduction by Alfredo Todisco. In the Seventies he made frequent trips to the USA, India and Nepal, before settling down definitively in Milan in 1980. In the early Eighties he made his Coperture [Blanks] – advertising posters covered by sheets that conceal the picture underneath.

He returned to painting midway through the decade with the Cinecittà 2 cycle, which took up the theme of the cinema again in large-former canvases, and with the Sovrapitture series of “over paintings” on décollages and sheet metal. This painting on torn posters glued on metal panels ushered in the latest season of the artist’s work. As well as the main exhibitions of the Nouveaux Réalistes and over one hundred solo exhibitions in Italy and abroad, the artist has taken part in important national and international events, including numerous displays at the Venice Biennale and at the Quadriennale in Rome.

In 1992 the French Minister of Culture, Jack Lang, awarded him the title of “Officiel des Art et des Lettres”. 
In 1996 the opening of one of his exhibitions was the first in Italy to be broadcast online on the Internet.

Solo exhibitions

 

 

2018 Rotella, Galleria Christian Stein, Milan, Italy

 

2017 Mimmo Rotella. Selected Early Works, Gladstone 64, New York, USA

 

2016 Rotella e il cinema, Museo Casa Rusca, Locarno, Switzerland
Mimmo Rotella. Blanks, Cardi Gallery, Milan, Italy
The Maverick Mimmo Rotella, Robilant + Voena, Milan, Italy
Mimmo Rotella. Erotique, Galleria Carla Sozzani, Milan, Italy
Mimmo Rotella e Giorgio Marconi. Una storia d'arte e di amicizia, Fondazione Marconi, Milan, Italy

 

2014 Mimmo Rotella. Décollages e retro d'affiches, Palazzo Reale, Milan, Italy

 

2013 Mimmo Rotella. Retro d'affiches, Fondazione Marconi Arte moderna e contemporanea, Milan, Italy

 

2012 Mimmo Rotella, Galleria Tornabuoni Art, Paris, France

 

2011 Mimmo Rotella. Opere scelte 1958-1996, Galleria Cavour di Piazza Cavour, Padua, Italy

 

2010 Mimmo Rotella. Opere 1949-1989, Fondazione Marconi, Milan, Italy
Mimmo Rotella – Prima del Décollage, Colossi Arte Contemporanea, Brescia, Italy
Mimmo Rotella. Tra informale e pop-art (1948-1962), Cassa di Risparmio del Veneto, Vicenza, Italy
Mimmo Rotella, Galleria Artetempo, Piacenza, Italy
Par Erreur. Mimmo Rotella Artypo, Frittelli Arte Contemporanea, Florence, Italy

 

2009 Ciak: Rotella!, Galleria Civica Ezio Mariani, Seregno (Monza and Brianza), Italy
Mimmo Rotella. American Icons and Early Works, Knoedler & Company, New York, USA
Mimmo Rotella. American dreams, Galleria Forni, Bologna, Italy

 

2008 Mimmo Rotella. Lamiere, MARCA, Catanzaro, Italy
Mimmo Rotella. Opere su carta, Museo delle Arti, Catanzaro, Italy
Mimmo Rotella. Opere su carta, Galleria Zonca & Zonca, Milan, Italy
Mimmo Rotella. Opere su carta, Opera Arte e Arti, Matera, Italy
Rotella Playing Artypo, MdM Museum, Porto Cervo (Sassari), Italy
Mimmo Rotella. Racconti possibili, Anfiteatro Arte, Padua, Italy
Around Rotella. L'artista e il suo tempo, MAON-Museo d'Arte dell'Otto e Novecento, Palazzo Vitari, Rende (Cosenza), Italy

 

2007 Mimmo Rotella. Early works 1954-1967, Ben Brown Fine Arts, London, UK
Mimmo Rotella. Lamiere, Studio d’Arte Raffaelli, Trento, Italy
Mimmo Rotella, Galleria Mucciaccia, Rome, Italy
Pop Art: la via Italiana. Omaggio a Mimmo Rotella, Museo Archeologico Nazionale d’Abruzzo, Chieti, Italy
Trovarsi. 6 personaggi nei luoghi di Pirandello. Rotella, Museo Archeologico Regionale, Agrigento, Italy
Mimmo Rotella, Fondazione Giorgio Marconi, Milan, Italy
Strappi alla regola, Colossi Arte Contemporanea, Chiari (Brescia), Italy
Mimmo Rotella. Ieri oggi domani, JZ Art Trading, Milan, Italy
Mimmo Rotella, Palazzo della Penna, Perugia, Italy

 

2006 Mimmo Rotella. Cinecittà, Frittelli Arte Contemporanea, Florence, Italy
Mimmo Rotella.Retrospective, Musée des Beaux-Arts/Villa Steinbach, Mulhouse, France

 

2005 Mimmo Rotella. Effaçage, Palazzo Inghirami, Sansepolcro (Arezzo), Italy
Mimmo Rotella. Décollages 1954-1963, Galleria Melesi, Lecco, Italy
Mimmo Rotella. Avenue Rotella, Museum Tinguely, Basel, Switzerland
Mimmo Rotella. Décollages 1959-2000, Galleria Borghese, Rome, Italy
Mimmo Rotella. Avenue Rotella, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland
Mimmo Rotella. Testimone di un’epoca, Galleria Il Prisma, Cuneo, Italy
Mimmo Rotella. Effaçages 1972-1975, Galleria d’Arte L’Incontro, Chiari (Brescia), Italy
L’arte del lavoro, il lavoro dell’arte, Centro Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, La Spezia, Italy
Mimmo Rotella. Effaçages e lamiere, Loggiato San Bartolomeo, Palermo, Italy

 

2004 Mimmo Rotella. Amor al cine, Centro Municipal de Exposiciones- Subte, Montevideo, Uruguay
Mimmo Rotella 1949-2004, Forum Kunst, Rottweil, Germany
Mimmo Rotella 1949-2004, Castello Sasso Corbaro, Bellinzona, Switzerland
Rotella e il Cinema, MonteCarlo Art Gallery, Montecarlo, Principality of Monaco
Mimmo Rotella. Vanity Fair, Palazzo della Triennale, Milan, Italy
Mimmo Rotella. Artypo, Accademia dei Concordi, Rovigo, Italy
Mimmo Rotella, Guy Pieters Gallery, Knotte-Heist, Belgium
Mimmo Rotella. Le Cirque, Darga & Lansberg Galerie, Paris, France
Mimmo Rotella, Centro de Exposiciones y Congresos, Saragoza, Spain
Mimmo Rotella, Centro Italiano di Cultura, Caracas, Venezuela

 

2003 Mimmo Rotella. China Exhibition, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Jinan, China
Mimmo Rotella. China Exhibition, Eastern Modern Art Gallery, Beijing, China
Color Blues. Il colore della musica, Palazzo Durini, Milan, Italy
Schizzi e disegni. Mimmo Rotella 1940-1990, Castello di Zavattarello, Zavattarello (Pavia), Italy
Rotella. Amor al cine, Museo del Carmen, Mexico City, Mexico
Rotella, Palazzo Crepadona, Belluno, Italy
Rotella, Galleria Civica, Cortina d’Ampezzo (Belluno), Italy
Mimmo Rotella. Omaggio a Marilyn Monroe, Palazzo Benzon, Venice, Italy
Mimmo Rotella u Zagrebu, Umjetnicki Paviljon u Zagrebu, Zagreb, Croatia
Mimmo Rotella, Galleria Ravagnan, Venice, Italy
Mimmo Rotella. Moana. Ultimo Mito, Galleria Ca’ di Fra’, Galleria Tega, Milan, Italy
Mimmo Rotella. Dal Décollage alle Nuove Icone, Galleria San Carlo, Milan, Italy

 

2002 Rotella e il Cinema, Galleria Zonca&Zonca, Milan, Italy
Mimmo Rotella, Studio Lattuada, Milan, Italy
Mimmo Rotella, Swinger Art Gallery, Verona, Italy
Rotella Oggi, Palazzo del Consiglio Regionale, Reggio Calabria, Italy
Mimmo Rotella. Antologica 1949-2000, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Villa Croce, Genoa, Italy
Mimmo Rotella. Altrorotella, Galleria d’Arte L’Incontro, Chiari (Brescia), Italy
Rotella opere dal 1956 al 2000, Magi Arte Galleria d’Arte, Milan, Italy

 

2001 Mimmo Rotella. Neue Arbeiten, Galerie Binz & Kramer, Cologne, Germany
Mimmo Rotella. Oggi come oggi!, Centro d’Arte Spaziotempo, Florence, Italy
Mimmo Rotella, Galerie Fisherplatz, Ulm, Germany
Mimmo Rotella, Palazzo Lanfranchi, Pisa, Italy

 

2000 Mimmo Rotella. Respect, Cancelliere Arte Contemporanea, Messina, Italy
Fashion & Flowers, Charles Cowles Gallery, New York, USA
Mimmo Rotella, Centro d’Arte La Bussola, Cosenza, Italy

 

1999 Rotella, Galleria Peccolo, Livorno, Italy
Mimmo Rotella. Desnudos, Galerie Ernst Hilger, Vienna, Austria
Dentro il cinema di Rotella, Centro d’Arte La Bussola, Cosenza, Italy
Mimmo Rotella. Segnali, Galleria Vinciana, Milan, Italy
Mimmo Rotella. L’arte oggi, Galleria Giò Marconi, Milan, Italy
Flashion, Galerie Ernst Hilger, Vienna, Austria
Flashion, Galleria Fabjbasaglia, Rimini, Italy
Flashion, Espace Hilger, Paris, France
Mimmo Rotella, Galerie Charlotte Moser, Geneva, Switzerland
Mimmo Rotella, Complesso monumentale del S. Giovanni, Catanzaro, Italy
Mimmo Rotella. Rétrospective, Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain, Nice, France

 

1998 Mimmo Rotella. A Federico Fellini, Galleria Fabjbasaglia, Rimini, Italy
Mimmo Rotella, Galleria Maniero, Rome, Italy
Mimmo Rotella, Prometeo Galleria d’Arte, Catanzaro, Italy
Retrospektive Mimmo Rotella, Wurttembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgard, Germany
Retrospektive Mimmo Rotella, Kunstverein, Braunschweig, Germany
Mimmo Rotella. Pittura… al di là del bene e del male, Studio d’Arte Cannaviello, Milan, Italy
Mimmo Rotella. Il fior fiore di Rotella, Dina Carola, Naples, Italy
Mimmo Rotella. Fiori e Frutta, Galleria Fabjbasaglia, Rimini, Italy
Mimmo Rotella. Sfigurabile/Disfigurabile, Galleria Fabjbasaglia, Rimini, Italy
Mimmo Rotella. I segni del tempo, la leggenda, Galerie/Museum Baviera, Zurich, Switzerland

 

1997 Affissione abusiva, Fabbrica Eos, Milan, Italy
Mimmo Rotella. Opere 1948/1997, Galerie Boycott, Brussels, Belgium
Mimmo Rotella. Opere 1948/1997, Galleria Fumagalli, Bergamo, Italy

 

1996 Rotella. New York 1996, Marisa Del Re Gallery, New York, USA
Rotella, Museo Civico Palazzo Zagarese, Rende (Cosenza), Italy
Mimmo Rotella, Galerie Dionne, Paris, France
Mimmo Rotella. Tele emulsionate, Photology, Milan, Italy

 

1994 Opere recenti, Galleria Giò Marconi, Milan, Italy
Mimmo Rotella: Milan, Dijon, New York, Passage de Retz, Paris, France
Spuren der Grosstadt. Marilyn, Bengala & Co., Museum Ludwig Köln, Cologne, Germany
Rotella in München: Mimmo Rotella Décollages, Galleria Beatrice Wessermann, Munich, Germany

 

1993 Rotella. Il tempo dei segni, Galleria Ammiraglio Acton, Milan, Italy
Mimmo Rotella à Dijon, Espace Frac – École Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Dijon, France
Mimmo Rotella, Galleria Fontanella Borghese, Rome, Italy

 

1992 Mimmo Rotella. Il segno dei tempi, Per Mari e Monti Associazione Culturale, Macerata, Italy
Swatch Emotion, Palazzo Clerici, Milan, Italy
Mimmo Rotella, Galleria Il Segno, Rome, Italy

 

1991 I replicanti. Dieci sculture in porcellana del 1990, Galleria Cinquetti, Verona, Italy
Mimmo Rotella. Rétrospective, Galerie Thorigny, Paris, France
Mimmo Rotella. Ready-made 1990-91, Studio Marconi, Milan, Italy
Mimmo Rotella, Salvatore Ala Gallery, New York, USA
Rotella in Berlin 1989, Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Ferrara, Italy
Rotella in Berlin 1989, Galleria Comunale d’Arte-Palazzo del Ridotto, Cesena (Forlì-Cesena), Italy
Mimmo Rotella. Opere 1959-1991, Galleria d’Arte Moderna Ricci- Oddi, Piacenza, Italy

 

1990 Mimmo Rotella, Galleria Pio Monti, Rome, Italy
Rotella. Sovrapittura, Galerie Beaubourg, Paris, France
Mimmo Rotella, Galleria Peccolo, Livorno, Italy
Temporanea. Le realtà possibili del Caffè Florian. Mimmo Rotella al Caffè Florian, Caffè Florian, Venice, Italy
Mimmo Rotella, Galleri Tornvall, Stockholm, Sweden
Rotella. Opere dal 1954 al 1962, Galleria Arco d’Alibert, Rome, Italy
Mimmo Rotella, Galleria Biasutti, Turin, Italy

 

1989 Mimmo Rotella. Décollages 1954-1964, Galleria Ariete, Lecco, Italy
Sovrapitture 1988/89, Sala della Torre dell’Oro, Castelnuovo (Trento), Italy
Mimmo Rotella. Dai décollages ai manifesti dipinti, Show Room Castelli, Naples, Italy
Mimmo Rotella. I sogni diventano veri. Phonetische Gedichte 1950-1986, Daad Galerie, Berlin, Germany
Mimmo Rotella. Sovrapitture, Galerie Reckermann, Cologne, Germany

 

1988 Mimmo Rotella Sovrapitture 1987, Studio Marconi, Milan, Italy
Mimmo Rotella, Galerie 44, Düsseldorf, Germany
Mimmo Rotella, Galleria La Polena, Genoa, Italy
Mimmo Rotella. Décollagen, Galerie Limmer, Freiburg, Switzerland

 

1987 Mimmo Rotella, Galleria Prati, Palermo, Italy
Mimmo Rotella. Oeuvres de 1965 à 1987, Galerie Lavignes-Bastille, Paris, France
Rotella anni ottanta, Galleria Mara Coccia, Rome, Italy

 

1986 Rotella. Sovrapitture 1986, Studio d’Arte Niccoli, Parma, Italy
Rotella. Décollages 1954-1964, Galleria Marconi, Milan, Italy
Mimmo Rotella. Décollages, Pascal de Sarthe Gallery, San Francisco, USA

 

1985 Mimmo Rotella. Retrospektive, Galerie Reckermann, Cologne, Germany

 

1984 Rotella, Telamone Centro d’Arte, Lecce, Italy
Cinecittà 2, Studio Marconi, Milan, Italy
50 multipli del nostro tempo, Centro Internazionale Arti Visive, Udine, Italy

 

1983 Mimmo Rotella, Galleria 9 Colonne, Brescia, Italy
Mimmo Rotella. Opere dal 1954 al 1963, Galleria d’Arte Duchamp, Cagliari, Italy

 

1982 Mimmo Rotella dal 1954 al 1963, Galleria Gironda, Milan, Italy
Mimmo Rotella, Banca di Santo Spirito, Rome, Italy
Mimmo Rotella, Centro d’Arte La Bussola, Cosenza, Italy

 

1981 Rotella ‘coperture’ 1980, Studio Marconi, Milan, Italy
Rotella. La Nouvelle Image, Galerie Denise René, Paris, France
Mimmo Rotella. Frottagen, Collagen, Grafiken, Art Sede, Glattbrugg, Switzerland

 

1979 Rotella, Closerie des Lilas, Paris, France

 

1978 Mimmo Rotella, Kampen, Gogartchen, Germany
Rotella. Opere dal 1958-1975.Décollage Collage Artypo Frottage, Galleria Civica, Portofino (Genoa), Italy
Rotella. Frottages, Galleria Barozzi, Venice, Italy
Mimmo Rotella, Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Ferrara, Italy
Rotella, Galleria Romena 19, Milan, Italy

 

1977 Rotella ‘77, Il Collezionista d’Arte Contemporanea, Rome, Italy
Mimmo Rotella. Opere dal 1960 al 1975, Galleria dell’Ariete, Milan, Italy

 

1976 Mimmo Rotella. Objets e plastiforme 1976, Galleria d’Arte Il Quadrifoglio, Turin, Italy

 

1975 Mimmo Rotella, Rotonda di via Besana, Milan, Italy
Rotella, Galerie des Deux Rues, Saint-Tropez, France
Objets e plastiforme, Galleria Plura, Milan, Italy

 

1974 Rotella. Artypo-plastiques 1971-1973, Galerie Craven, Paris, France
Rotella artypo plastique, Galerie Inter Arts, Lyon, France
Erotéliques de Rotella, Nizza, Galerie Ferrero, France

 

1973 Erotelique, Galerie Marquet, Paris, France
Mimmo Rotella, Libreria Giuditta, Catanzaro, Italy

 

1972 Mimmo Rotella, Galleria Il Centro, Naples, Italy
Opere recenti di Rotella, Studio Bellini, Milan, Italy

 

1971 Rotella. Décollages Mec-Art Artypo, Galerie Mathias Fels, Paris, France
Rotella Gigantea, Studio Bellini, Milan, Italy

 

1969 Rotella 1954-1968, Galerie Fitzroy, Brussels, Belgium
Mimmo Rotella. Ritratti, Galleria del Naviglio, Milan, Italy
Rotella. Opere dal 1954 al 1969, Studio Sant’Andrea, Milan, Italy

 

1967 Rotella, Galerie 20, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Mimmo Rotella, Galerie Ricke, Kassel, Germany

 

1966 Mimmo Rotella L’Automobile, Galleria del Naviglio, Milan, Italy
Reportages 1963-1966. 448a Mostra del Naviglio, Galleria del Naviglio, Milan, Italy
Rotella. Décollages – reportages 1954-1966, Galleria La Tartaruga, Rome, Italy
Rotella, Galleria Il Punto, Turin, Italy

 

1965 Vatican IV, Galerie J, Paris, France

 

1963 Mimmo Rotella, Galleria Apollinaire, Milan, Italy

 

1962 Cinecittà, Galerie J, Paris, France
Mimmo Rotella. Collages, Galeria Bonino, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Mimmo Rotella, Galleria del Leone, Venice, Italy

 

1959 Rotella, Galleria La Salita, Rome, Italy

 

1958 Mimmo Rotella. 265a Mostra del Naviglio, Galleria del Naviglio, Milan, Italy

 

1957 Rotella, Galleria d’Arte Selecta, Rome, Italy
387a Mostra del Cavallino. Mimmo Rotella, Galleria del Cavallino, Venice, Italy
Rotella. Recent Collages, Institute of Contemporary Art, London, UK

 

1955 Mimmo Rotella. 214a Mostra del Naviglio, Galleria del Naviglio, Milan, Italy

 

1952 Rotella, William Rockhill Nelson Gallery of Art, Kansas City, USA

 

1951 Pitture e disegni di Rotella – Ceramiche e disegni di Meli, Galleria Chiurazzi, Rome, Italy

 

 

Group exhibitions

 

 

2018 Nascita di una Nazione. Tra Guttuso, Fontana e Schifano, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, Italy
Rotella VS Dada. Da Duchamp a Man Ray al New Dadaismo, MAON - Museo d'Arte dell'Otto e del Novecento, Rende (Cosenza), Italy

 

2017 New York New York. La riscoperta dell'America: Arte Italiana dal futurismo alla Pop Art, Museo del Novecento e Gallerie d'Italia, Milan, Italy

 

2016 Boom 60! Era arte moderna, Museo del Novecento, Milan, Italy
Imagine. Nuove immagini nell’arte Italiana 1960-1969, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy

 

2015 The World Goes Pop, Tate Modern, London, UK
Poetry of The Metropolis: The Affichistes, Shirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany
I got Rhythm. Jazz and Art since 1920, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Stuttgard, Germany
Arts and Foods. Rituali dal 1851, La Triennale di Milano, Milan, Italy

 

2014 Poetry of The Metropolis: The Affichistes, Museum Tinguely, Basel, Switzerland
Pop Art Myths, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, Spain

 

2013 A tutti i pittori ho chiesto l'autoritratto. Zavattini e i Maestri del Novecento, Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan, Italy
La Magnifica Ossessione, MART - Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Rovereto (Trento), Italy
Percorsi del contemporaneo, Macro - Museo d'arte contemporanea Roma, Rome, Italy

 

2012 Addio anni 70. Arte a Milan 1969-1980, Palazzo Reale, Milan, Italy
The Small Utopia: Ars Multiplicata, Fondazione Prada, Ca’ Corner della Regina, Venice, Italy

 

2011 Gli irripetibili anni ’60. Un dialogo tra Rome e Milan, Palazzo Cippola, Fondazione Roma Museo, Rome, Italy

 

2010 New Realisms: 1957-1962. Object Strategies Between Readymade and Spectacle, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain

 

2009 Maestri moderni e contemporanei. Antologica scelta, Tornabuoni Arte, Florence, Milan, Venice, Portofino (Genoa), Forte dei Marmi (Lucca), Italy
Chance Aesthetics, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis, USA

 

2008 Nouveau Réalisme dal 1970 ad oggi, PAC Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy
Italics: Italian Art Between Tradition and Revolution 1968-2000, Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Italy
Europop, Kunsthaus Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

 

2007 Pop Art is…, Gagosian Gallery, London, UK
Vertigo. Il secolo di arte off-media dal futurismo al web, Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna, Bologna, Italy
Le Nouveau Réalisme, Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais, Paris, France
Le Nouveau Réalisme, Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany

 

2006 Il modo Italiano. Design et avant-garde en Itali eau XX siècle, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, Montréal, Canada
Il modo Italiano. Design et avant-garde en Itali eau XX siècle, Musée Royaòl de l’Ontario, Toronto, Canada
Il modo Italiano. Design et avant-garde en Itali eau XX siècle, Mart - Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Rovereto
(Trento), Italy
Marilyn Monroe: I am an artificial product, Kunsthaus, Hamburg, Germany
Il Nouveau Réalisme e la cultura contemporanea, Rifiuti Preziosi, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, Italy
Primo Piano. Parole, azioni, suoni, immagini da una collezione d'arte, Centro per l'Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato, Italy
Assemblage – Collage - Décollage, Galerie Ernst Hilger, Vienna, Austria

 

2005 Gli Affichistes tra Milan e Bretagna, Galleria Gruppo Credito Valtellinese, Milan, Italy
Burri. Gli artisti e la material 1945-2004, Scuderie del Quirinale, Rome, Ital
Annicinquanta. La nascita della creatività Italiana, Palazzo Reale, Milan, Italy
Pop Art Italy 1958-1968, Galleria Civica di Modena, Modena, Italy
Fuori tema / Italian Feeling: 14. Quadriennale di Rome, Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Rome, Italia
Marilyn Monroe: Life of a Legend, Centro de Cultura de la Villa de Madrid, Madrid, Spain

 

2004 Hollywood to the Street: From the Poster to Graffiti, Chelsea Art Museum, New York, USA
Arti & Architettura 1900/2000, Palazzo Ducale, Genoa, Italy
Marilyn Monroe: Life of a Legend, Drassanes de València, Valencia, Spain

 

2003 Marilyn Monroe: Life of a Legend, County Hall Gallery, London, UK
Global Village: The 1960s, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Montreal, Canada

 

2002 Themes and Variations: Post-War Art from the Guggenheim Collection, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy
Roma 1948-1959. Arte, cronaca e cultura dal Neorealismo alla Dolce Vita, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italy
Roma 1948-1959. Arte, cronaca e cultura dal Neorealismo alla Dolce Vita, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Mons, Belgium

 

2001 Platea dell’Umanità, Padiglione Italia, Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy
Les Années Pop. 1956-1968, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
Pop Impression: Europe/USA, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
Dal Futurismo al Laser. L’avventura Italiana della materia, Kunstforum in der GrundkreditBank, Berlin, Germany

 

2000 Oltre la pittura. Mimmo Rotella e Paolo Leonardo, Sala delle Colonne Ponti sul Mincio, Mantua, Italy
Miracoli a Milan 1955/1965. Artisti Gallerie e tendenze, Museo della Permanente, Milan, Italy
Aller Anfang ist Merz – Von Kurt Schwitters bis heute, Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany
Aller Anfang ist Merz – Von Kurt Schwitters bis heute, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein, Düsseldorf, Germany
Aller Anfang ist Merz – Von Kurt Schwitters bis heute, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany
Dal Futurismo al Laser. L’avventura Italiana della materia, Palau de la Virreina, Barcellona, Spain
Novecento. Arte e Storia in Italia, Scuderie Papali al Quirinale e Mercati di Traiano, Rome, Italy

 

1999 Pop Impressions. Europe/USA, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
I Love Pop. Europa-Usa anni ’60. Mitologie del quotidiano, Chiostro del Bramante, Rome, Italy

 

1997 Dadaismo Dadaismi. Da Duchamp a Warhol, Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea Palazzo Forti, Verona, Italy
Magie der Zahl in der Kunst des 20. Jahrhunderts, Staatgalerie Stuttgart, Stuttgard, Germany
Arte Italiana ultimi quarant’anni. Materiali anomali, Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Bologna, Italy
All the World Is a Stage, Tel Aviv Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel

 

1996 Face à l’histoire 1933-1996. L’Artiste moderne devant l’événement historique, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
Art and Film since 1945: Hall of Mirrors, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, USA
Art and Film since 1945: Hall of Mirrors, The Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio, USA
Art and Film since 1945: Hall of Mirrors, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italy
Art and Film since 1945: Hall of Mirrors, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois, USA

 

1994 The Italian Metamorphosis 1943-1968, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA
The Italian Metamorphosis 1943-1968, La Triennale di Milano, Milan, Italy
The Italian Metamorphosis 1943-1968, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany

 

1993 Rome-New York 1948-1964, Murray and Isabella Rayburn Foundation, New York, USA
Punti cardinali dell’arte, Padiglione Italia, Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy

 

1991 Entretien. Four Generations of Italian Artists. Accardi, Adami, Dadamaino, De Maria, Dorazio, Castellani, Garutti, Gastini, Griffa, Guerzoni, Mattiacci, Morlotti, Nunzio, Paladino, Paolini, Parmiggiani, Rotella, Scialoja, Turcato, Vedova, Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, Italian Cultural Institute, Toronto, Canada

 

1990 Rome Anni ’60. Al di là della pittura, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italy
Nouveau Réalisme, Tel Aviv Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel
Art & Publicité 1880-1990, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
Memoria del futuro. Arte Italiano desde las primeras avanguardia a la posguerra, Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain
High and Low, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
High and Low, The Art Institute, Chicago, Illinois, USA
High and Low, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, USA

 

1989 Italian in the 20th Century. Painting and Sculpture 1900-1988, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK

 

1986 Segunda Beinal de La Habana, Centro Wilfredo Lam, Havana, Cuba

 

1984 Cinecittà 2, Studio Marconi, Milan, Italy

 

1983 Arte Italiana: Valerio Adami, Enrico Baj, Alik Cavaliere, Mario Ceroli, Gianni Colombo, Lucio Del Pezzo, Lucio Fontana, Hsiao Chin, Gastone Novelli, Giulio Paolini, Gianfranco Pardi, Tullio Pericoli, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Arnaldo Pomodoro, Mimmo Rotella, Mario Schifano, Aldo Spoldi, Emilio Tadini, Giuseppe Uncini, KaDeWe, Berlin, Germany

 

1982 Arte Italiana 1960-1982, Hayward Gallery, London, UK
Arte Italiana 1960-1982, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK

 

1981 Italian Art: 4 Contemporary Directions, Museum of Modern Art, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
Linee della ricerca artistica in Italia 1960/1980, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italy

 

1980 1950-1980: European Trends in Modern Art. One Hundred Paintings, Pierre Cardin, New York, USA

 

1978 Dalla natura all’arte. Dall’arte alla natura, Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy

 

1977 Arte in Italia 1960-1977. Dall’opera al coinvolgimento. L’opera: simboli e immagini. La linea analitica, Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna, Turin, Italy

 

1973 La linea estetica dal 1960 al 1970: X Quadriennale Nazionale d’Arte, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italy

 

1972 La Création Artistique en France de 1960 à 1972, Grand Palais, Paris, France

 

1970 Expose: Concrete Poetry, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA
Festival del Nuovo Realismo, multiple venues, Milan, Italy
Vitalità del Negativo nell’arte Italiana 1960/70, Palazzo delle Esposizoni, Rome, Italy

 

1968 Linee della ricerca contemporanea: dall’informale alle nuove strutture, Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy

 

1967 Homage to Marilyn Monroe, Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, USA
Artypo. Kunst, gemaakt met behulp van grafische technieken, Stedelijk Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven, Netherlands

 

1966 Erotic Art ’66, Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, USA

 

1965 Nouveau Réalisme, Etc…., Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium
Vatican IV, Galerie J, Paris, France
Hommage à Nicéphore Niépce. Béguier Bertini Pol Bury Jacquet Nikos Rotella, Galerie J, Paris, France
Hommage à Nicéphore Niépce. Béguier Bertini Pol Bury Jacquet Nikos Rotella, Galerie Cogeime, Brussels, Belgium
Hommage à Nicéphore Niépce. Béguier Bertini Pol Bury Jacquet Nikos Rotella, Centre Culturel d’Uccle, Uccle, Belgium

 

1964 The 1964 Pittsburgh International Exhibition of Contemporary Painting and Sculpture, Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
L’Affiche lacérée. Dufrêne, Hains, Rotella, Villeglé, Gres Gallery Inc., Chicago, Illinois, USA
Rotella Modino Pistoletto Lichtenstein, Galleria Sperone, Turin, Italy

 

1963 Les Nouveaux Réalistes, Neue Galerie in Künstlerhaus, Munich, Germany
Dufrêne, Hains, Rotella, Villeglé, Galleria Schwarz, Milan, Italy

 

1962 New Realists, Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, USA
Cinecittà, Galerie J, Paris, France
Cinecittà, Galerie Passepartout, Copenhagen, Denmark

 

1961 The 1961 Pittsburgh International Exhibition of Contemporary Painting and Sculpture, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
The Art of Assemblage, Museum of Modern Art, New York
The Art of Assemblage, Dallas Museum of Contemporary Arts, Dallas, Texas, USA
The Art of Assemblage, Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California, USA
À 40 au-dessus de DADA, Galerie J, Paris, France
Comparaisons. Peinture, Sculpture, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France

 

1960 Gruppo Crack, Galleria d’arte Il Canale, Venice, Italy
New Europeans, Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, Texas, USA
Festival d’Art d’Avant-garde. Nouveaux Réalistes, Pavillon Américain Porte de Versailles, Paris, France

 

1958 New Trends in Italian Art, Rome-New York Art Foundation, Rome, Italy
Mostra Internazionale dell’arte d’avanguardia in Europa, Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Rome, Italy

 

1955 I sette pittori sul Tevere a Ponte Santangelo, Zattere del Ciriola, Rome, Italy

 

1951 Arte astratta e concreta in Italia 1951, Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Rome, Italy
Pitture e disegni di Rotella – Ceramiche e disegni di Meli, Galleria Chiurazzi, Rome, Italy

 

1950 Réalités Nouvelles, Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France

 

1949 I Mostra internazionale dell’Art Club, Palazzo Carignano, Turin, Italy
III Mostra annual dell’Art Club, Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Rome, Italy

 

1948 Italian Contemporary Art, Johannesburg/Pretoria/Cape Town, South Africa

 

1947 Prima mostra dell’Art Club, Art Club, Rome, Italy