A Little of Salone at the MAXXI in Rome
Extraordinary exhibition on the brilliant Jacovitti curated by Dino Aloi and Silvia Jacovitti with Giulia Ferracci.
Benito Jacovitti made his debut as a comics author at a very young age and then became an important reference name for comics. From his pen and his drawings come characters who have become famous in the popular imagination, such as Cocco Bill, Zorry Kid, Jack Mandolino, Tom Nosy. Jacovitti published strips in Il Vittorioso, il Corriere dei Piccoli and il Corriere dei Ragazzi, and drew the cartoons of the Diario Vitt, which accompanied generations of young Italian students for more than thirty years (1949 - 1980).
On display are the one hundred characters created by the cartoonist.
Together with the exhibition at MAXXI, in tandem the MACTE Museum of Contemporary Art of Termoli presents Tutti le follie di Jac! to delve deeper into technical and linguistic inventions that have made "the fishbone" a recognizable style, and Jacovitti an inventor of unforgettable signs and characters.
The two projects, parallel and complementary, under the single title Jacovittissimamente, transport the viewer into the animated and dynamic world invented by the artist.
At the Salone, Jacovitti was one of the most important presences starting in 1971 when he won the Palma d'Oro for Humorous Drawing which gave him the opportunity to create the famous "Venice must be saved" poster; in 1975 again the Palma d'Oro for Illustrated Literature (as graphic novels were called then!); finally in '97 theDattero d'Oro for Comics.