The Zerbini [Doormats], are presented in 2009 during the exhibition Fabio Mauri, etc at the Galleria Michela Rizzo in Venice.
Some of the works are: Lo zerbino ariano [The Aryan doormat], Studio Bocchi, Rome, 1995; then the L’ospite armeno [The Armenian guest], Venice, 2001; and also Lo zerbino Insolubile [The insoluble doormat], galleria Martano, Turin, 2008.
Mauri scatters thoughts, words, considerations across the floor, and the audience can read and walk on them. They are a metaphor for our incomplete mental processes.
They are meaningful because they are inside the thought: when walking on them, it is not possible not to be inside their meaning.
The Zerbini show signs of daily reflection.
They reject, but, at the same time, they bring us closer to experiencing something which is similar to the real state of things, i.e. to a truth which is always a metaphor for larger or smaller, shorter or more certain truths. (Dora Aceto)
Exhibition dates and venues
1995 – Arierwiege, Studio Bocchi, Rome
2001 – L’ospite armeno [The Armenian guest], Gardens of Palazzo Zenobio and Loggia del Temanza, Venice
2008 - Fabio Mauri: L’Insolubile [Fabio Mauri: The insoluble], Galleria Martano, Turin, curated by Liliana Dematteis
2009 - Fabio Mauri, etc., Galleria Michela Rizzo, Venice, curated by Martina Cavallarin
2009 – Fabio Mauri, GC.AC – Galleria Comunale d’Arte Contemporanea di Monfalcone, Monfalcone, curated by Andrea Bruciati
2012 – dOCUMENTA (13), Hauptbahnhof, Kassel, directed by Carolyn Christov Bakargiev
2014 – Fabio Mauri, Fondaciòn PROA, Buenos Aires, curated by Giacinto Di Pietrantonio
2016 – Fabio Mauri Retrospettiva a luce solida, Museo MADRE, Napoli, a cura di Laura Cherubini e Andrea Viliani