Drive in 2


Disk and canvas on gouache, painted canvas and frame in wood and metal

125 x 115 x 5 cm (49 3/16 x 45 1/4 x 1 15/16 in.)

Drive In 2, a painted canvas adorned with wood and metal rectangles, takes us back to the era of cathode-ray tube television sets: while the main rectangle evokes the screen – covered with crosses, like the “snow” effect due to interferences –, the three black nailed symbols recall the large buttons used to change channels.

An artist of the 1960s Italian avant-garde, Fabio Mauri was one of the first to explore the relationships between art and cinema. A contemporary of mass media theorists, Mauri highlights the damaging potential of television. With its invasive presence in households, television is perceived by Mauri as a tool that standardises and levels the tastes of its audiences.

The panel Drive In 2 is part of the first “Screens” by Fabio Mauri, who began this critical production in 1957. The work is part of the Pinault Collection and was first shown at the “Accrochage” ("Hanging") exhibition at the Punta della Dogana.