The end of World War II was the beginning of a cultural and sociopolitical era, with a global celebration that ignited heavy inspiration for an artistic revolution. In 1945, American soldiers introduced Europe to a pop-culture mania: gum chewing. This soon to become craze liberated an oral fixation among the masses, as young people across continents began to fervently slap, chew, and pop premium “American [Bubble] Gum.” By 1950, this non-food became an essential part of European culture, along with Coca-Cola and Nylon stockings. With a pink pigment as loud, vibrant, and rude as the act of chewing it, there is no doubt this amusing material quickly found its place in modern and contemporary art communities.

Artist Maurizio Savini, an Italian born sculptor based in Rome, was of the first to use the surprisingly malleable medium as a base for his animated artwork. After studying architecture at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” and working abroad for several years, Maurizio returned to his hometown to work on a new concept series: bubble gum sculpture. Although he got off to a rather slippery start, Maurizio’s designs are now on display and in demand around the globe. Telling the story of his very first show, Maurizio admits, “The first exhibition I had went really well, there was only one problem which was actually quite funny. The works I sold completely fell apart after three months as the high sugar content in the bubble gum had destroyed the foundation beneath – they were all sent back to the galleries! I had to give the money back, but I had already spent it!” At the age of 44, Maurizio now has nearly fifteen years of experience with the sticky substance, and has appeared in over 100 group and 50 solo exhibitions all over the word including London, Paris, Moscow, Madrid, Edinburgh, New Dehli, and Berlin where his sculptures have sold for as high as £50,000 each. Maurizio’s body of work also includes stage settings for a number of theater productions and permanent installations, winning him awards in 2004 and 2005 from La Cite Internationale des Arts, in Paris.

With a process as unique as his aesthetic, Maurizio and his two assistants unwrap then apply heat to thousands of half white, half bright pink bubble gum squares without chewing a single piece, so they can easily be manipulated, cut with a knife, and applied to plaster mold like traditional clay. Maurizio notes, “The mold is crucial” – without it, his tacky sculptures would be far too unstable. After molding the chewing gum into his desired shapes, Maurizio fixes and preserves his sculptures with a mixture of formaldehyde and antibiotics, so his works will be in tact for generations of Romans to come. This labor-intensive process at times calls for nearly 3,000 individual pieces of bubble gum per sculpture.

Maurizio’s work often makes critical social and political statements, using strong colors to reinforce his messages. Maurizio’s fascination with the ultra pink chromatic began long before his chewy sculptures came to play; to him, “pink represents artificiality – when you see it, you associate it with a fake world.” In addition to his color theory and symbolism technique, Maurizio’s jaw dropping, 8-foot long crocodile, life size buffalo covered in international flags, suited businessmen suspended in gymnastics poses, a young soldier with life like hair, and a robot holding out a single prescription pill for his viewers provokes various “flavors” of reactions among his audience. Chewing gum is moreover known to cost businesses and taxpayers millions of dollars each year to clean up, if not properly disposed. As all of Maurizio’s pieces are made entirely of chewing gum, the sculptor’s artistry stretches the boundaries of environmental conscientiousness by demonstrating a creative way to repurpose a material that cannot typically be recycled or composted.

Art critic Mario Codognato from Pastificio Cerere Gallery, Italy vocalized his thoughts on Maurizio’s gum sculptures, noting “The sculptures embody the essence of youth, [further] reminding me of the sensual act of chewing, the voluptuous warmth of rebelling saliva, and the artificial and secretly aseptic fragrance which spreads from the mouth as a promise and missed kiss.” In this way, it is no doubt Maurizio Savini pushes the tangible and cognitive limits of our time, influencing collective awareness, advocacy, and activism.


Exhibitions

2015

Art Southampton, Emmanuel Fremin Gallery Bridgehampton, NY

Contemporary Istanbul, Emmanuel Fremin Gallery Istanbul, Turkey

2013

Libertà è partecipazione . Institute of Pantheon, Rome 15-12 (CAT)

Red carpet . The First Hotel Rome 10-12

Un idea di scultura. Gallery Marco Rossi Verona 9-1

Corpo di donna . Centro culturale Elsa Morante. 1-2 (CAT)

The generation of future. Ass. Cult. Bluorg. Bari 7-2- (CAT)

Arte in versi ,Center of contemporary culture , Palazzo della penna Perugia 24-4 (CAT)

2012

Fabula – Museo San Salvatore in lauro Roma- 16-5 (CAT)

25 Th. Galleria Bagnai ,Firenze. 20-4

Roma road art contemporary . Galleria Ermanno Tedeschi ,Roma 24-5

Apiedi scalzi – Brancaleone Roma – 1-6

+50 . Sculture in città tra memoria e presente . Spoleto Palazzo Comunale 23-6

Pop. Premio Michetti. Fondazione Michetti Francavilla 21-7 (CAT)

P.P.P Una polemica inversa omaggio a Pasolini . Palazzo Incontro ,Roma 30-10 (CAT)

Autumn Show. Galleria Ermanno Tedeschi Roma 21-10

NN Show Up . NN Gallery Taormina .14-12

2011

La genetica degli animali . The office Contemporary Art .Roma, 22-1

Giorno della memoria   .Ermanno Tedeschi Gallery .Roma 25-1

Bologna Art Fair .R.A.M   radio arte mobile Bologna 27-1

Compagni di viaggio. Menstina Galerija muzej Ljubljana 20-1

Le macchine dell arte .R.A.M a cura di Achille Bonito Oliva 27.1

Unita Italin artists in New York . Industria Gallery 21-3 (CAT)

A.A.M Arte accessibile Milano Ermanno Tedeschi Gallery Torino 7-4

World. Ermanno Tedeschi Gallery .Tel Aviv. 6-6 (CAT)

Artisti e bimbi all opera . Villa Medici .Roma 8-4 (CAT)

54 Biennale of Venezia .Padiglione Italia – Palazzo Venezia Roma

Vulpes pilum mutare .Infart Museum civico di Bassano del Grappa 12-9

Art Brescia ,Biennale international contemporary art . 21-10

Italia Ora!, Andersen Museum –Roma 6-10

2010

Piccoli capolavori . Aequalis contemporary art gallery .Roma 28-1

Bologna Arte Fiera. Oredaria Gallery,Roma. Bologna, 38-1

L origine e la forma, scuderie Aldobrandini Frascati .Roma 20-3

MIART 2010 OREDARIA Gallery .Roma 24-3

La scultura Italiana del XXI secolo . Arnaldo Pomodoro Foundation. Milano .19-10

Romanesca incontri arte e poesia .Casa delle Letterature. Roma 30-9

Che cento fiori sboccino. La Nuova pesa Gallery (centro per l arte contemporanea). 11-10

2009

Bologna Arte Fiera, Oredaria Arti Contemporanee Gallery, Bologna 12 -1

Italian Genius Now (Back to Rome), MACRO Future, Roma 11-2

La coda dell’Universo Istituto Portoghese di Sant Antonio, Roma 12-3

Roma the road art contemporary Fair. Oredaria Arti Contemporanee Gallery, Roma Palazzo delle Esposizioni 1-4

Emergenzy -Room .P.A.N, Napoli un format di Thierry Geoffrey 1-4

Ritorno all ordine, L’Immagine Gallery, Milano 15-4

Martiri ed eroi, Bagnai Gallery, Firenze. 29-4

Incontri D’aria. Oredaria Gallery, Roma, 11-6

Dove eravamo rimasti, E.B Gallery , Roma   13-4

Sursum Corda, Palazzo Taverna, Roma . 24-6 (CAT)

Toys. Festival dei due mondi, Spoleto 26-6

H2Opera, Mucciaccia Gallery, Roma 8-7 (CAT)

Neo Pop- Surrealismo. Angel Art Gallery .Milano 1-7

ISM,POP, & Celebrithes. S&G Arte cContemporanea. Berlino 1-8

Time in Jazz Festival . “Sinfonia Dell Emergenza,”installazione ,Ruffo Savini, Berchidda 10-8

Dimore Storiche -Dessì,Gallo ,Savini,Ruffo. Scuderie Palazzo Ruspoli Roma 25-9

“AB-OVO” All origine della forma .Studio Abate Roma.9-10 (CAT)

“Love me Fender” International Museum of Music. Bologna 12-12 (CAT)

Strasburg Art fair Givanna Simonetta Gallery 12-12.

2008

Italian Genius Center of design of Corea 25-3

Istituto di cultura italiano Tokio 27-5 (CAT)

Incontri N1 -Accademia D Ungheria Roma a cura di Lorand Hegyi 23-2

Arts Material Istituto di Cultura Portoghese- Roma 16-4

Micronarrativa,Tentazioni della Piccola Realtà Museum of Contemporary Art Saint Etienne 6-5 a Cura di Lorand Heigj. (CAT)

Quadriennale D arte Contemporanea Palazzo delle Esposizioni Roma 4-6 (CAT)

Miart Milano Immagine Gallery –Angel Art Milano 10-4

3500 cm posters exhibition with special project by Mathilde Ter Heijne Berlin 26-7

Poznan Biennale “Voyage Sentimental” curated by Lorand Hegyi. 3-10 CAT)

Italian Genius Traven Cope Hove Gallery New Delhi 15-9 (CAT)

Matrix Natura- 2008 Città di Como 27-9 (CAT)

Frieze Art Fair Londra Giovanna Simonetta Studio Gallery Milano 16-19-9

Verona Art Fair . Galleria L immagine Angel Art Milano 18-22 –9 (CAT)

Arte Italiana- Marlborough Gallery Monaco Montecarlo 4-12 (CAT)

La falce e il martello . MUSPAC. Paganica –Aquila 30-10 (CAT)

2007

Bolgna Art Fair ArtMbassy Gallery, Berlino 25-1 (CAT)

Arco 2007 Madrid. Jorge Shirley Gallery, Lisbona 15-2 (CAT)

Arco 2007 Madrid Olivier Houg Gallery, Lyone 15-2 (CAT)

Arte Genova 2007. L’Imagine Gallery, Milano . 22-2

MIART fair Angel Art Gallery Milano 30-3

Amsterdam International Art Fair Conntempo Gallery 12—5

Moscow Art Fair International .NT ART Gallery , Bologna. 16—5

Il bello del negativo castello di Tarquinia, Roma 18-5

Il Paesaggio Italiano. Angel Art. Milano 19-5

Balelatina Contemporary art fair Basel 13-17-6 Olivier houg Galerie, Lyone

War or Words Lazzaretto S. Elia 22-5 Cagliari

Artesantander XII intrnational art fair jorge shirley gallery Santander, Spagna 18-7

27 Biennale di arte grafica 3500 cm art poster, Alkatraz Gallery Ljubljana 5-9

L’alibi dell oggetto, Morandi e gli sviluppi dell natura morta in Italia a cura di Marilena Pasquali.

Fondazione Raggianti, Lucca 16-11.

2006

Bologna Arte Fiera. Alessandro Bagnai Gallery, Firenze 26-1

Walk In Galleria Alessandro Bagnai, Firenze 11-4 ( CAT. )

Un quadro per un fondo. Palazzo della Cancelleria, Roma 12-3 (CAT)

Grazie per una volta. Valentina Bonomo arte contemporanea. 4-7 Roma (CAT)

Roma Punto uno. Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow   10-10 (CAT)

3500 cm. Assab One Ass. Prom. Art. Cont. 10-10 Milano

Art Scope Art Mbassy Berlin- 12-10 London

3500 cm. Art by wai of a poster .American Academy in Rome 20-10

Turnover. Liliana Maniero Arte contmporanea. 12-10 Roma

Kunst Art Fair con Next door gallery, Bolzano. 29-11

Artissima con alessandro Bagnai Gallery, Torino 11-11

Particelle Elementari. Fondazione pastificio cerere, Roma 3-12 (CAT)

Lisbon International Fair Jorge Shirley Gallery, Lisbon 6-11N

Cuore Bianco. Galerie Art mbassy, Berlino. 3-12 (CAT)

2005

“Realisme-05”. Contempo Gallery,1 9-2, Amsterdam.

“Obscura,” Un idea di Claudio Abate Ass. Cult. Mara Coccia 24-2, Roma (CAT).

“S/ago/me547”. Traforo via Nazionale, Roma 6-3.( CAT).

“Residenti”. Pastificio Cerere,Foundation for Contemporary Art. 21-5 Roma.

M.I.A.R.T, Alessandro Bagnai Gallery Siena Milano 3-5.

“Premio Razzano” . Museo del Sannio. Rocca dei Rettori. 7-5 Benevento.( CAT)..

“La scultura italiana del XX secolo” . Arnaldo Pomodoro Foundation. 22-9 Milano (CAT)

“Paramour”. art 45 olivier houg et Georges Verney Carron resonance Biennale d art contemporain de Lyon 12-9

“Progetto At the Dot Gallery. Atene 16-9 (CAT

Koln, international art fair.” Alessandro Bagnai Gallery. 27-10. Colonia.

FIAC- Art Fair. Olivier houg Gallery 12-10

 2004

Kunst Rai Art Fair, Contempo Gallery 5-4 Amsterdam

Rotterdam Art Fair Contempo Gallery, Olivier Houg Galerie, 28-2 Rotterdam (CAT)

M.I.A.R.T galleria “il segno” Gallery Roma Milano 13-5

M.I.A.R.T galleria “Zelig” Gallery Bari Milano 13-5

“Roma punto” uno ass. cult. Mara Coccia, Ministero Affari Esteri 15-6 Tokio-Seoul (CAT.)

“Otto monache Nigre”, chiesa S.Andrea, curated by di Lorenzo Benedetti e Flavio Misciattelli, Todi 26 –

“Le armi nell arte”,.Comunal Museum of Contemporary Art palazzo Pino Pascali, Polignano a mare (CAT.) 23-10

“Metti una sera a cena”. Museo Laboratorio città S. Angelo 24-8

Ipermercati dell Arte” Santa Maria della Scala, Palazzo delle Papesse, Palazzo Pubblico. Siena 9-10.(CAT.)

“Those who can will and those who can’t suffer” Vanessa Suchar with Marc Hansen ,Le Salon in Brussels Brussels 4-10

“Artissima” Torino at the Bagnai Gallery Siena- Firenze 30-9

“Nove scultori Italiani” Il segno Gallery Roma 14-12 (CAT.)

“Stendhal 36” Stendhal Gallery 15-12 Milano

“Bioma Urbano “banca anton veneta Roma 15-12

“Un suono verso il 2005”. Ass. cult.Zerynthia. Roma 31-12

2003

F.I.A.C Olivier Houg Gallery 8-10

M.I.A.R.T Milano art fair il Segno Gallery Roma 8/5 (CAT)

Brussell Art Fair Olivier Houg Gallery lyon     7/M

“Inchiostro indelebile ,impronte a regola d arte”. Museum of Contemporary Art.Roma M.A.C.R.O 24-10 (CAT.)

“Art is beautiful” Le salon for art collectors 29-10 London

“Arte e d interni”. Arteficinterni Roma 16/ 12

2002

“Arte Fiera” Bologna, Il Segno Gallery, Roma – Galleria Bagnai, Siena – Galleria Ronchini Terni

“Antologia romana,” Bagnai Gallery, Siena 02-03 (CAT.)

“Fiera del Levante,” Ronchini Gallery, Terni 03-03

“Alto volume corporale,” Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea (CAT.)

“Palazzo Piacentini,” S.Benedetto del Tronto (AP)

“Anticiclone,” Olivier Hougs Gallery, Lyone 25-4

M.I.A.R.T Galleria Il Segno Gallery, Milano 3-6 (CAT.)

“Colpo di testa,” Liliana Maniero Gallery, Roma 23-4 CAT.)

“Art Box,” Centro per l’arte “A Capizzano”, Cosenza 12-4 (CAT)

“Brussell Art Fair,” Bagnai Gallery, Siena

“Segno,” Il Segno Gallery, 26-9

“Rotte metropolitane,” Giardino Palazzo Vivarelli Colonna, Firenze 3-10 (CAT.)

Galleria Arturarte, Lupoli 22-11 (CAT.)

2001

“Artisti suonati,” Ass. Cult. Pio Monti Trevi Flash Art Museum, 24-1 (CAT)

“Le Salon, Art for collectors” L. Mellini, Roma 4-10

“Eclecticism and Minimalism,” Le Salon art for collectors, London 7-11

“Confusion things for two,” Arteficiinterni, 20-12

2000

“Biennale dell’Havana”, Finestra su Venere, Ass. Cult. Zerynthia, Cuba 14-11 (CAT)

“A tutto volume!”, Riserva naturale S.Filomena, Pescara 22-7

“Ateliers”, Castello Colonna, Genazzano 27-5 (CAT.)

“Arte italiana”, Italian Institute for Culture Argentina, Buenos Aires 11-12 (CAT)

“Welcome”, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Roma 9-5   (CAT)

“Oltre Bernini”, I G. L. Bernini Institute, Roma 10-2 (CAT)

“Finché c’è morte c’è speranza,” Ass. Cult. Pio Monti, Roma 20-1 (CAT.)

“L’ultimo disegno” del 1999, Musei Senesi centro “La Grancia”, Zerynthia 16-6 (CAT.)

1999

“Notte”, Sala uno Gallery 29-11 (CAT.)

“Effetto domino,” Change Contemporary Art Studio, Roma 4-11 (CAT.)

“L’ultimo disegno del 1999,” Zerynthia Gallery, Roma 31-11 (CAT.)

“Mir art in space,” Museo di Bolzano, 22-11

“Nel paese dei balocchi,” Otto Gallery, Bologna 17-11

“Fiac art fair”, Bagnai Gallery, Parigi 15-9

“Kiss-Kiss”, Cinema Italia, S. Agata dei Goti 4-9

“Riunione Mondana,” Musei Senesi centro “La Grancia”, Serre di Rapolano 15-9 (CAT)

“Fuori uso 99”, Ex Clinica Baiocchi, Pescara 22-7 (CAT.)

“Ultrascultura,” Ex pescheria C.A.C., Pesaro 20-4 (CAT.)

Arco Madrid Bagnai Gallery, Madrid 17-2

1998

“Soft bundle”, Museo laboratorio Città S. Angelo, 20-12 (CAT.)

“Voi siete qui”, Video proiezione ex cartiera Latina, Roma 7-7

La festa dell’Arte, Ex mattatoio, Roma 19-6 (CAT.)

“Welcom”e, Museo laboratorio Città S. Angelo, 12-7

“La ville, le jardin, le memorie,” Villa Medici, Roma 12-5

“Opening” temple Gallery, Roma 1-7

1997

“Arte Roma,” Ex mattatoio, Roma 20-6 (CAT.)

“Malia, “Chiesa S. Stefano, Tivoli 4-7 (CAT.)

“A mano libera”, Opera paese, Roma 14-6 (CAT.)

1996

 “Fuori centro”, Tor Bella Monaca Expo 12-12 (CAT.)

“Progetto Ambra,” Teatro A. Jovinelli, Roma 26-10

“Tempi ultimi,” XIII Biennale d’arte Città di Penne, 20-8 (CAT.)

“Italian artist,” Kaoksiung Museum of fine arts, Taiwan 19-4

1995

“Grafica Italiana,” Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall, Taipei 6-3 (CAT.)

1994

“Passaggi”, Roma & Arte Gallery, Roma 16-10

“Transizioni, migrazioni, passaggi,” A.A.M. Gallery, Roma 12-5

“D’insieme,” Düsseldorf Gallery, Roma 20-4

“Segnali d’allarme,” Studio Aperto Gallery, Roma 30-5 (CAT.)

 

 

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