The room of the Grida (the Room of the Shouts) in Palazzo della Borsa (the Commodoties Exchange) is a monumental space of the early Twentieth century of significant height and decorative undertaking. An exhibit strategy in such an imposing space can be measured through ephemeral, evanescent apparatus that is of equal majesty. It was decided therefore to suspend a very light veil in silk fabric – sewn in one single piece and hung by points to a metallic net that was already available at the center of the room – to devise an artificial vault that descended nebulously above the eight columns and the works by Michelangelo Pistoletto and Armin Linke exhibited here, accommodating them together with the projection in large dimension of the film “Paradise” by Yi Zhou to which it becomes the ideal support medium.
Tomorrow is an exhibit that through visionary contributions from artists proposes alternatives for a sustainable future. The layout tries to support this evocative dimension, recalling that state of well-being that is next to happiness, even through informal seating, soft cushions strewn about on the ground and a wide carpet in black recycled rubber tiles, to give the visitors a chance to admire, while comfortably lying down, the film projected on the parachute fabric making the act of being together more engaging.
To give greater potential to the effect of the layout, the view on the room is not direct and immediate: it appears little by little, through a white tunnel from which you can make out from far away “Wollen. La Mela Reintegrata (the apple re-instated)” and that possible “paradise”.
Client Festival della Scienza
Location Genoa, Palazzo della Borsa
Typology Exhibition and graphic design
Collaborators Carla Coccia, Giulio Pons
Organization Claudia Gandolfi, Sergio Risaliti, Luigina Tozzato
Artists Michelangelo Pistoletto, Armin Linke, Yi Zhou, Edoardo Malagigi and Angela Nocentini with Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto Onlus, Università del Piemonte Orientale