Francesco Vezzoli (born 1971, Brescia, Italy) is an Italian artist and filmmaker based in Milan. Vezzoli studied at the Central Saint Martins School Of Art in London from 1992 to 1995. He worked with Ben Duggan and had a photoshoot with Lady Gaga in 2009 for French Vogue and Italian edition of Vanity Fair magazine.
- Location — The Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA)
- Hair by Peter Savic
- "PROPA-GA-GANDA (AFTER RODCHENKO)" (140 x 100 cm, 2009). Silkscreen on paper, diptych. The posters were used on November 14, 2009
- "Portrait of Lady Gaga as Pierrot with Rainbow Tears" (50 x 39 cm, 2009). The photographer did the petit-point embroidery the day of the "Ballet Russe Italian Style (The Shortest Musical You Will Never See Again)"
- "Sad Romance (Surrealist Portrait of Lady Gaga)" (30 x 24 cm, 2009). Laserprint on canvas with metallic embroidery, custom jewelry.
- "Pokerface (Self portrait with Mother Gaga—After de Chirico)" (32 1/4 x 28 1/8 inches framed [81.9 x 71.4 cm], 2009). Inkjet print on canvas, cotton and metallic embroidery, custom jewelry
- "Le Gant d'Amour [After de Chirico & Jean Genet]" (29 1/3 x 24 1/5 x 1in, 74.5 cm x 61. 5 cm framed, 2010). Inkjet print on canvas, metallic embroidery, custom jewelry paper. Original photo by John Wright.
- "Head of Lady Gaga as Minerva Crying Apolinaire [After de Chirico]" (27.6 x 22.4 inches or 70 x 57 cm framed, 2009). Inkjet print on canvas, metallic embroidery, paper.
- Original picture taken from Lounge Gift of MMVA in Toronto, Canada (June 21, 2009).
- Original photo by Aaron Fallon (May 10, 2008).
- Poster for MOCA's 30th Anniversary Gala
- Francesco Vezzoli Presents Ballet Russes Italian Style (The Shortest Musical You Will Never See Again), Gagosian Gallery, 2011, Hardback, 48 pages
The book shows the preparatory sketches for the piece, photographs of the Gaga in the MoCA galleries and onstage, and the resulting Gaga-centric artworks.
For MoCA 30th anniversary gala, the museum asked artist Francesco Vezzoli to come up with a "social ritual [the gala]" which he turned into an artwork. For the event, Damien Hirst customized Gaga's piano with butterflies and her hat was designed by Frank Gehry. Other contributions include masks created by director Baz Luhrmann and his wife, Catherine Martin, and costumes designed by Vezzoli and Miuccia Prada. During the dinner, Gaga with Bolshoi Ballet dancers and Vezzoli performed "Ballets Russes Italian Style (The Shortest Musical You Will Never See Again)".
Garage Center for Contemporary Culture exhibition of his performance piece “Ballet Russe Italian Style (The Shortest Musical You Will Never See Again)” which featured Lady Gaga and the Bolshoi Ballet in 2009. The exhibition lasted from June 19 to September 26, 2010.
The exhibition documented Francesco Vezzoli’s visual performance which was inspired by “Le Bal” (1935), the only one of the Ballet Russes ever to be designed by Balanchine in collaboration with an Italian artist, the Surrealist Giorgio de Chirico. Vezzoli collaborated to conceive every detail of the interior space, the piano-art work by Damien Hirst and the costumes by Miuccia Prada to create a “living, breathing artwork”.
The work elegantly combined different genres of video, petit-point embroidery, photography and live performance.