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The Last Days of E IL TOPO – Book launch and performance


The Italian Cultural Institute in New York and Magazzino Italian Art present:
The Last Days of E IL TOPO
book launch and performance
coordinated by Gabriele Di Matteo, Franco Silvestri, Steve Piccolo,
Armando della Vittoria, Frédéric Liver, and Shannon Pultz.

October 20, 2023 | 6PM

Italian Cultural Institute
686 Park Avenue, NYC

Please RSVP at
mentioning: “E IL TOPO”

The publication E IL TOPO. History of an artists’ magazine with an unusual editorial strategy (edited by Gabriele Di Matteo and Franco Silvestro, published by a+mbookstore, 2023) reconstructs the evolution, achievements and conclusion of the artists’ magazine with the same title, produced from 1992 to 1996, and then from 2012 to the present. It is composed of a boxed set containing two volumes, as well as eight artists’ posters. The first volume is the anastatic reprint of all 33 issues of the magazine, in the original size. The second volume reconstructs the conceptual matrix that has given rise to this unique example of independent and collaborative publishing, with essays by Anna Cuomo, Françoise Lonardoni, and Giorgio Verzotti.

The magazine E IL TOPO was founded by Gabriele Di Matteo and Franco Silvestro together with Armando della Vittoria, Piero Gatto and Vedova Mazzei, in Naples in 1992, but its editorial team has always been international, transgenerational and anti-hierarchical. Over the years, the group has been composed of about 20 individuals, in a fluid configuration that has brought together different artists and authors, in many cases for work on specific projects and exchanges: Stefano Arienti, Massimo Bartolini, Vanessa Beecroft, Maurizio Cattelan, Mark Dion, Jimmie Durham, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, John Lurie, Eva Marisaldi, Miltos Manetas, Amedeo Martegani, Cesare Viel, Luca Vitone, among others. The unusual editorial strategy resides, for the most part, in the intrinsic power of discontinuity of meaning, but also of play, irony and détournement. E IL TOPO is still an international “movement” today, transmitting a libertarian attitude whose modus operandi tolerates no preset roles, but is always open to multidisciplinary and multi-authorial contributions. The presence of E IL TOPO is contextual, it adapts and manifests itself in multiple forms, where the only constant is the magazine of the same name, invariably printed with black ink on gray recycled paper.

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  • Organizzato da: IIC-NY
  • In collaborazione con: Magazzino Italian Art