Monday, January 9, 2023

Rome Journal: Pier Paolo Pasolini. Tutto e Santo

"Sade for Sade's Sake" by Paul Chan (photo: FLevy)

"Pier Paolo Pasolini Tutto e Santo" (Everything is Sacred) embraces the socio-erotic legacy of the famed director's work, on the 100th anniversary of his birth. Pasolini’s death still remains a mystery. Was he murdered by a street hustler or was his stabbing a political assassination like that of Caesar in 44 BC? The current exhibit at the Maxxi is a series of homages to Pasolini. The collective known as "Claire Fontaine" (created by Fulvio Carnevale and James Thornhill) expropriates George W. Bush’s “They Hate Us For Our Freedom” in an incendiary word sculpture made from match sticks. Fabio Mauri’s "Oscuramento" includes 29 wax figures comprising Mussolini's final Grand Council of Fascism on July 24, 1943.The orgiastic silhouettes of Paul Chan's “Sade for Sade's Sake," evoke the horrific mise en scene of Salo. The blazing headlights of Elisabetta's Benassi's "Alfa Romeo GT veloce," which recreates the car Pasolini drove on the night of his death, exemplifies the paradoxes of a figure who fully drank of the pleasures afforded by the very world he repudiated.

read "Rome Journal: Piazza Tommaso di Cristoforis" by Francis Levy, HuffPost

and listen to Nina Rota's score for La Dolce Vita

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