Wood and enamel on canvas

225 x 150 x 8 cm (88 9/16 x 59 1/16 x 3 1/8 in.)

The rectangular composition is split into two parts, the black and the white meet at the two-third point of the canvas. But the contrast is not just chromatic: the top part conveys a feeling of relief, the shadows frame a square with bevelled corners and underline the thick, palpable nature of this wood element. An odd black drawer – also tridimensional – animates this Schermo, literally “screen”, that does not remain less rigid and silent.

The work of Fabio Mauri is built around a concern with the media, more specifically with domestic electronic information channels, like television, which appeared at the end of the 1950s and spread to all social levels throughout the century. He approaches this subject critically by making of the media his first material in his famous series of “Screens”.

The panel Schermo by Fabio Mauri is part of the Pinault Collection. It was first shown at the 2016 “Accrochage” ("Hanging") exhibition at the Punta della Dogana.