GUGLIELMO ACHILLE CAVELLINI, n.d. [self-historificated CV, ca 1975]

29,7 x 22,8 cm
published by the artist
condition: poor
inv.GAC 772-pr

In the early seventies Mail artist Guglielmo Achille Cavellini predicts his death in 2014, and in 1971 he describes his work being part of a large retrospective at the Ducale Palace, Venice. This becomes part of the artist’s autostoricizzazione; self-historifisation. He loved the Italian flag tricolors and used them in his work. He created the “Cavellini sticker” always in red, white and green that bore the dates of the fast approaching Cavellini Centennial: 1914-2014. The above print shows his home-made self-historification, completed with the colours of the Italian flag.

GUGLIELMO ACHILLE CAVELLINI, Untitled, 1973 [screen print on canvas, signed]

72 x 59,5 cm
screen print on white canvas
hand signed initials with pencil, dated
edition 100, here a not numbered print
verso: stamped with artist’s name and address
condition is very fine, with four pinholes in the corners
€ 200,- plus € 20,- registered mail Track & Trace

This cloth object with Italian text is a reproduction of the artist’s handwriting. Guglielmo Achille Cavellini is a prominent Mail Artist, associated with the Poesia Visiva movement. In 1971 he invented autostoricizzazione (self-historicization), upon which he acted to create a deliberate popular history surrounding his existence, preferably in his personal handwriting. He was well known for his performances in lettered suits and this self-created historification from birth until 2037, including the announcements on his various years of death.

History of prices:
Palazzo Cigola-Fenaroli-Valotti, Brescia, Italy € -,- 10 February 2023
Casa d’Aste Capitolium, Italy € 140,- (i.e. nr 28/100), 10 December 2020 (hammer price)
Artesegno Casa d’Aste, Udine, Italy € 100,- 5 July 2017 – nr 85/100, (excl. premium)
Finarte/Semenzato Casa d’Aste, Venice, Italy € 1.860,-, 18 October 2008 – not numbered print (incl. premium)