1. Galleria Internazionale d’Arte Moderna – Semicircular niches and the main staircase: Transit and Flow
This is the only work in the entire project based on the fragmentary composition of objects and other components. Such fragments that tend towards unity have been a feature of the artist’s work in previous years – particularly since 1988, the year in which he exhibited The Secret of 723 at the Venice Biennale (a work that would lead to him going to the United States).
Each fragment preserves the energies of its previous functions; numbered and defined, these pieces – both in quantitative and qualitative terms – establish new hierarchies of meaning and function. The symbolic/esoteric presence of certain components is the basis for the new power of communication within the work itself. The single is part of a multiplicity that expresses a very personal cosmogony of the human. Strength and fragility, passion and eros, solitude and silence become the bases of a work that maintains a high level of aesthetic power at the same time as it invites the other senses to experiment with perceptions that go beyond the visual.
The whole work is constructed around the colour red, the colour of energy and movement.
A number of small components will hang from steel wire in a sort of contrapuntal relationship with a semicircular niche four metres high and three metres wide; the rhythm is almost musical and clearly reflects the domain of the unconscious.
Another similar niche will be set in relation to more physically defined, more passionate and tragic, components which are more closely linked with the history of man and his material activity.
The small suspended components along the staircase complete this work, which focuses on the transitional nature of materials, of events and everyday acts, of dreams and projected desires. Everything changes and is transformed; thus, as his eye travels across these components, the visitor will find himself moving through a territory which is very far removed from everyday life, a territory which offers him a different vision of the world.
2.Museo d’Arte Orientale – Ingresso, Scale delle Lance e vetrina dei Kimono Multiplication of Being
This beautiful small museum of aristocratic origin is approached by twenty black steps; to the left and right of these will be placed 120 balls of cotton thread in a warm orange colour. These spheres are an expression of the energy that goes into their own production; the very movement of rolling and wrapping used in making them means that they are symbols of circularity. That continuous yet not obsessive movement is a sort of simple and primordial act of construction involving both material and time. Some spears will also be wrapped up in fabric of the same colour – a witness to the ancient battles in which perhaps they were never used, to the dreams of those who imagined themselves reaching the far lands of Asia. A padded cloth will hold Chinese and Japanese calligraphy brushes – a symbol of multiplication through the written word – and an early-twentieth-century photograph.
In the showcase of kimonos will be placed a Japanese obi in the same colour, alongside a small animal horn bearing the signs associated with a ritual initiation.
All of the components will tend towards the multiplication of being in all its forms and states.
The various sections are entitled:
The Third Space (installation of period paintings combined with thread and textiles; Museo Correr)
Impermanence and Transmigration (installation and film; Doge’s Palace, Sala dei Cuoi and Sala della Quarantia dei Criminali);
1. Traces of Being and 2. Transformation, between Decline and the New State (installations with objects and sculpture; Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana)
The Everyday: Cult, Symbolism and Representation (installation; Museo del Palazzo Mocenigo)
Memory and Permanence (installation with photographs; Ca’ Rezzonico)
Obsessions of Being (installation and film Museo Storico Navale).