La Magnifica Preda. Original color silkscreen and collage, unknown year. Edition of E.A. (artist’s proof) signed and numbered impressions on Arches paper.
Mimmo Rotella was an Italian post-war artist, best known for his decollage and psychogeographics, made from advertising posters. He began as a painter of geometric abstractions but he turned away towards the world around him and inspired by torn movie and advertising posters around the town, Rotella began to work with them in his studio, created semi-abstract compositions which he called “double décollages”. The purpose was to give a common object artistic value and remove its natural environment. Rotella also created assemblages of junk objects – bottle caps and stoppers, pieces of rope, twine etc. Except those decollages and assemblages, he also experimented with his poetry, paintings, photographs and collages, breaking down conventions and leaving behind a body of extravagant work. La Magnifica Preda (eng. The Beautiful Prey) is a collage based on the film poster of “River of No Return” (1954), directed by Otto Preminger. There is a singer with a lady, one of the most famous persons of the second half of the 20th century, the actor Marilyn Monroe. She was one of the biggest pop icons of the modern world, as a symbol for women’s beauty and sensuality of that time. She acted in many popular Hollywood movies and so many commercials.