Fabio Mauri (1926-2009) is the epitome of the artist-intellectual in Italy. His oeuvre, which spans the latter half of the 20th century, unclassifiable, stands apart from the principal movements of Italian contemporary art. It is a diverse and colossal work to which the archives preserved at the Studio Fabio Mauri in Rome bear witness.
Fabio Mauri: The Past in Acts is the first study dedicated to this artist's performative work, which began in the early 1970s, and continued up to the 2000s. Built around a broad array of sources, this essay analyses the place of the performance within his oeuvre. The performance as the backbone of his work, and as a means of expression that ties together writing, drawing, theatre, cinema, and installation. The performance spans all of these years of creation with a resolutely crossdisciplinary artistic vision, one that puts the Second World War and the “ventennio fascista” at the heart of the artist's interrogations.
Valérie Da Costa is an art historian and art critic. She is Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Art at the University of Strasbourg. Her research focuses in particular on the Italian
avant-garde. She is the author of numerous texts and books, including Écrits de Lucio Fontana
(Les presses du réel, 2013).