Federico Solmi

Federico Solmi

Federico Solmi’s exhibitions, which often combine articulate installations composed of different media such as video, drawings, mechanical sculptures and paintings, use bright colours and a satirical aesthetic to portray a dystopian vision of our present day society. Irreverent, surrealistic, the videos and the works by Solmi are as he is: extravagant, rowdy and ironic. They are satires about the evilness and the vices that affect contemporary society and mankind. The artist uses images culled from the video game industry, pop culture, and the Internet and collages them with a historical influence to produce original artworks about the seemingly disparate subject at hand. The universe that Solmi likes to represent is the exaltation of a present that is crumbling apart. His work is a criticism of a system that approves and trusts without questioning the fragile foundation on which our culture and post-modernist society is based.

Solmi currently lives and works in New York. His works has been exhibited in solo and group shows in different museums and institutions for Contemporary Art, like Centre Pompidou and Palais De Tokyo, Paris; Reina Sofia National Museum and CA2M Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Madrid; Drawing Center, New York; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; National Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow; Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Arts, Herzliya (Israel) and OCT Contemporary Art Terminal, Shanghai. In 2009, Federico Solmi was awarded by the Guggenheim Foundation in New York with the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship in the category Video & Audio. Federico Solmi has given lectures on his work in several Universities and Art Schools in the United States and Europe, including Yale University and Accademia di Brera in Milan.

Artist Talk AMERICAN FABLES, with Larry Ossei-Mensah, 2021

24.09.2024 – 08.12.2024
The great farce
The Block Museum of Art
Northwestern University
USA – Evanston, IL

20.04.2024 – 24.11.2024
Masked Marauders! Humanity adrift in our storm-tossed boat.
curated by Dorothy Kosinski
20.04.2024 – 24.11.2024
Palazzo dona‘ dalle rose
ITA – Venice

18.04.2024 – 28.07.2024
Ship of Fools
Palazzo Donà dalle Rose
Fondamenta Nove, 5038
ITA – 30121 Venice

22.04.2023 – 21.06.2023
The drunken boat
Guardini Galerie
Askanischer Platz 4
10963 Berlin

06.12.2023 – 31.05.2024
Perpetual Motion

curated by Barbara London
stream on PAMMTV
Pérez Art Museum Miami

27.04.2023 – 31.12.2023
The Israel Museum
Derech Ruppin 11
ISR – Jerusalem

05.04.2023 – 23.07.2023
Fondazione Musei Roma Palazzo Cipolla
Via del Corso, 320
ITA – 00187 Roma Latium

16.09.2022 – 19.02.2023
Joie de Vivre
Morris Museum
6 Normandy Heights Road
USA – Morristown, NJ 07960

Dec. 2021 – Dec. 2022
Still, Life! Mourning, Meaning, Mending
21c Museum Hotel Louisville
700 W Main St.
USA – Louisville, KY 40202

Federico Solmi’s The Great Farce acquired by the Phillips Collection
The Phillips Collection
1600 21st St NW
USA – Washington, DC 20009

17.08.2019 – 06.10.2019
The Grand Masquerade
The Tarble Arts Center
Eastern Illinois University
USA – Charleston, IL 61920

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery Announces Finalists
Hugo Crosthwaite and Federico Solmi Selected among 46 Finalists for the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition

31.10.2018 – 25.11.2018
I’m a Believer
Galerie Anita Beckers
at Atelierfrankfurt
Schwedlerstraße 1-5
60311 Frankfurt am Main

06.04.2018 – 12.05.2018
The Good Samaritans
Rochester Contemporary Art Center
137 East Ave.
USA – Rochester, NY 14604

Federico Solmi has a new website!
Check it out at:
Mabini Projects
2F Casa Tesoro
1335 A. Mabini Street
PHL – Ermita, Manila 1000

28.11.2017 – 20.12.2017
B3 Biennial of the Moving Image
Junghofstrasse 5-9
Frankfurt am Main
For the biennial, Solmi created an over 100 meter long and 6 meter high installation The Great Farce that was shown for the duration of the festival on the Schauspielhaus on Willy-Brandt-Platz.

27.01.2018 – 23.02.2018
CUMULUS BLIMP: A Transnation Platform of Discourse
Mabini Projects
2F Casa Tesoro
1335 A. Mabini Street
PHL – Ermita, Manila 1000

23.07.2017 – 23.09.2017
Aljira Center for Contemporary Art
591 Broad Street
USA – Newark, NJ 07102-4403