Marlene Redux: a True Hollywood story !


Installation in four parts: one video and three tapestries

Video: 14min. 43sec. 300 x 300 cm (118 1/8 x 118 1/8 in.) (each)

Francesco Vezzoli stages his own life in Marlene Redux. Purporting to be the trailer for a biopic, the video combines reality and fiction, real photographs of the artist’s family and fake testimonies by curators and art critics.

The Italian artist enjoys blurring the lines between reality and satire. He even depicts his own death by drowning in a Hollywood pool. Vezzoli uses the conventions of biographies of movie stars, exposing their vices, ambition, sexuality, relationship to money and quest for redemption. Marlene Redux humorously questions the star system and the entertainment industry.

The video Marlene Redux was shown for the first time by the Pinault Collection during the 2008 “Passage du temps” (“Passage of Time”) exhibition at the Tri Postal in Lille.
Francesco Vezzoli's other artwork