Gabriele di Matteo

Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea

Gabriele Di Matteo’s work is based on quotation—and not only from the world of art. His recent exhibition was a true apotheosis of citation (and self-citation). The artist, principally a painter, also experiments with other media, and on this occasion several were used, but everything revolved around a single idea: creating an homage to Méliès, the great French director from the early days of cinema. The gallery’s first room held two enormous paintings, executed in impeccable realist technique. One reproduced an image taken from Méliès’s most famous film, A Trip to the Moon (1914), from a scene in which the protagonist announces to a gathering of strangely dressed people that he intends to voyage to the moon and bring back to earth one of its inhabitants; the other, the studio in which the film was made. Presenting us with both the fiction and the material conditions for its realization,

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