Max Papeschi is a highly controversial artist, known for the application of the collage technique in order to associate very diverse personalities, symbols and icons. His favorite targets are Adolf Hitler, Stalin, Mikey Mouse, Kim Jong-un and, lately, the president-elect of the United States in person: mister Donald Trump. Tonight our indiscreet camera will take us to the opening of his show The Best Is Yet To Come at the M.A.C., one of the most glamorous art galleries in the Swinging Milano.
A craze for success, a hectic production and a very cleaver image management has projected this young artist (Milano 1970) to the front-page news in many countries.
The free-and-easy use of swastika associated with Mikey Mouse, or an explosive belt around Baby Jesus’ belly, are clearly outrageous provocations aimed at sparking controversy in the art scene as well as in the press.
«But his work – writes Silvia Basta in the notes of the show catalogue – is not of anyone particular or recognizable political persuasion, nor is it made with a specific target in mind. If anything, it simply embraces the irreverent playfulness of “political apathy”, understood (as it should be) as a movement and a radical and libertarian feeling, not just indifference».
Political correctness is not his forte, but, who says it should be? Let’s give him credit: “The Best Is Yet To Come”.