Jacopo Miliani, Male Male Malen at Marsèlleria, Milan

Jacopo Miliani, MALE MALE MALEN, 2017
Performance 31.05.2017, Marsèlleria, via Paullo 12/A, Milan
Image courtesy: the artist and Marsèlleria

 

Marsèlleria is currently presenting Male Male Malen, a solo exhibition by Jacopo Miliani at the venue of via privata Rezia 2 from 1 to 28 June 2017. The exhibition was launched through a performance on 31 May in the venue of via Paullo 12/A, from 7 pm.

“Pittura maschio maschio.”
Remember those walls I built? Well, baby they’re tumbling down they didn’t even put up a fight. They didn’t even make a sound.

(
Beyoncé Knowles, Ryan Tedder, E. Kidd Bogart)

Lieber Maler (Dear Painter) a German painter said … Male Mir (Paint for me)* Bringing painting to be not only a medium connected with looking, but also a gesture.

Jacopo Miliani’s show attempts to translate a personal universe through the painting medium, which has been taken on by the artist for the first time, with big irony.In the exhibition, the body is at the centre of the representation: a carnivalesque explosion that, instead of masking itself, reveals its intimacy. Maybe, this is the proper role of the make-up and the mask.Movements and gestures, whose documentation is included inside the artwork itself, activate different elements of abstract, monochrome and also figurative painting.

Melancholic and absurd figures (mime, Pierrot, geisha), collide with childish memories creating a half-serious aura, connected with the exhibition environment. In the show there are different collaborations with performers and artists, including Miliani’s mother: Antonietta Federici Miliani, whose pictorial style counterpoises and challenges the conceptual feature of her son.

The show reveals painting not only as external surface, but also as a game that contains an emotional dimension, where you could mirror yourself or where a new face will be revealed.

Between order and disorder, there is a chaos that brings forth several questions. Starting with the title of the show: “Male Male Malen” is translated by Google Translator as “Pittura Maschio Maschio” (from Italian Male Male Painting). But also in many other different ways… It depends on the selected languages.
What is the relationship between translation, painting and manhood representation?

* Lieber Maler, Male Mir is the title of a painting series by Martin Kippenberger, dating back to the 80s, and the title of a 1968 song by Gus Backus.

Exhibition texts by: João Mourão and Luis Silva, Francesco Urbano Ragazzi and Sara Giannini

Jacopo Miliani, MALE MALE MALEN, 2017
Installation view
Image courtesy: the artist and Marsèlleria

 

Jacopo Miliani, MALE MALE MALEN, 2017
Installation view
Image courtesy: the artist and Marsèlleria

 

Jacopo Miliani, MALE MALE MALEN, 2017
Installation view
Image courtesy: the artist and Marsèlleria

 

Antonietta Federici and Jacopo Miliani, Gin Tonic, 2017
Oil on canvas
Gin and tonic water on silk
30×40 cm (each)
Image courtesy: the artist and Marsèlleria

 

Jacopo Miliani, Antipasto, 2016
Oil on canvas and Polaroid
27×32 cm
Image courtsey: the artist and Marsèlleria

 

Jacopo Miliani, Antipasto, 2016
Oil on canvas and Polaroid
Image courtesy: the artist and Marsèlleria
27×32 cm

 

Jacopo Miliani, Pierrot, 2017
Acrylic on canvas, photograph
40 cm
Image courtesy: the artist and Marsèlleria

 

Jacopo Miliani, Pierrot, 2017
Acrylic on canvas, photograph
40 cm Ø
Image courtesy: the artist and Marsèlleria

 

Jacopo Miliani, Satomi, 2017
Blue and yellow ink on silk, photograph
57×62 cm
Image courtsey: the artist and Marsèlleria

 

Jacopo Miliani, MALE MALE MALEN, 2017
Performance 31.05.2017, Marsèlleria, via Paullo 12/A, Milan
Image courtesy: the artist and Marsèlleria

 

Jacopo Miliani, MALE MALE MALEN, 2017
Performance 31.05.2017, Marsèlleria, via Paullo 12/A, Milan
Image courtesy: the artist and Marsèlleria

 

Jacopo Miliani, MALE MALE MALEN, 2017
Performance 31.05.2017, Marsèlleria, via Paullo 12/A, Milan
Image courtesy: the artist and Marsèlleria

 

Jacopo Miliani, MALE MALE MALEN, 2017
Performance 31.05.2017, Marsèlleria, via Paullo 12/A, Milan
Image courtesy: the artist and Marsèlleria

 

Jacopo Miliani, MALE MALE MALEN, 2017
Performance 31.05.2017, Marsèlleria, via Paullo 12/A, Milan
Image courtesy: the artist and Marsèlleria

 

Jacopo Miliani, MALE MALE MALEN, 2017
Performance 31.05.2017, Marsèlleria, via Paullo 12/A, Milan
Image courtesy: the artist and Marsèlleria

 

Jacopo Miliani, MALE MALE MALEN, 2017
Performance 31.05.2017, Marsèlleria, via Paullo 12/A, Milan
Image courtesy: the artist and Marsèlleria

 

Jacopo Miliani, MALE MALE MALEN, 2017
Performance 31.05.2017, Marsèlleria, via Paullo 12/A, Milan
Image courtesy: the artist and Marsèlleria

 

Jacopo Miliani, MALE MALE MALEN, 2017
Performance 31.05.2017, Marsèlleria, via Paullo 12/A, Milan
Image courtesy: the artist and Marsèlleria

 

Marsèlleria – Via privata Rezia, 2 – Milano / Via Paullo, 12/A – Milano
1 – 28 June 2017