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Paesaggi d’aria. Luigi Ghirri and Yona Friedman/Jean-Baptiste Decavèle
\'Paesaggi d\'aria\' - Cadecoppi – Dalla strada per Finale Emilia, 1989 – 1990 40,5x51 Ghirri Fund, Querini Stampalia Foundation
Luigi Ghirri
'Paesaggi d'aria' - Cadecoppi – Dalla strada per Finale Emilia, 1989 – 1990 40,5x51 Ghirri Fund, Querini Stampalia Foundation
From 20 November 2015 to 21 February 2016

The exhibition is the first act of a research program connected to the “Ghirri Fund”, recently created at Querini Stampalia thanks to the passion and kindness of collector Roberto Lombardi.

A project curated by Chiara Bertola and Giuliano Sergio. Result of the collaboration between the Querini Stampalia Foundation, Livio Felluga and RAM radioartemobile, which includes on Friday 20th November:

a round table at 4 p.m. with: Jean-Baptiste Decavèle, artist; Alberto Ferlenga, rector of the IUAV University of Venice; Chiara Parisi, director of “La Monnaie” of Paris Cultural Programs, and Elena Re, art critic. Chiara Bertola and Giuliano Sergio will moderate the conversation

later, at 6 p.m., the opening of the Ghirri Fund exhibition will take place (from 21st November 2015 to 21th February 2016) with the screening of “Livio Felluga 100” documentary by Luigi Vitale about Yona Friedman’s and Jean-Baptiste Decavèle’s “Vigne Museum” (2014), which will be shown until the 21st of February 2016.

The round table will be recorded and broadcast on RAM LIVE, the web radio about contemporary art, 24-hour live streaming on http://live.radioartemobile.it/.

The interaction between photographer Luigi Ghirri and Friedman/Decavèle duo occurs in a common context of many art studies after the Second World War: the need is to demolish a perception of works and places structured by means of frames, showcases, pedestals and architectures, and to subvert the distinction between the object and its containers, the building and the environment.

According to this interpretation, “Paesaggi d’aria” suggests thinking over the work of the two most original innovators of photography and architecture. The Italian landscape is in the middle of this debate, a field where both authors build their point of view, each one in his own way, going beyond that tourist convention stuck into the established idea of heritage and museum, that photography and architecture can subvert.

Hence the idea of comparing Luigi Ghirri’s shots to the aerial and free landscape museum, conceived inside Livio Felluga’s vineyards by the visionary genius of Friedman/Decavèle duo, through the documentary made by the photojournalist and documentary filmmaker Luigi Vitale, who tells the reason of the “Vigne Museum” birth and its building phases. Imagined as a meeting and observation place, it examines the area and its landscape. Since the structure is deeply-rooted and does not have walls, it provides a cause for meditation on the concept of museum and on its current function for contemporary art and for architecture.


Ghirri Fund

In September 2015, the contemporary art collector and friend of “Querini Stampalia” Roberto Lombardi gave a number of works by Luigi Ghirri to the Venetian Institution as loan for use. The Fund has thirty-one photos, mostly from the group called “Il profilo delle nuvole” dated between 1985 and 1990. The series is conceived as an “artist’s book”: a story devoid of characters about the Po valley landscape, between Veneto, Emilia and Lombardia. While revisiting the photographed places, the author does not take into account the topographic dislocation, but rather he follows a path inside the associative memory: melancholy, vagueness of memory, sense of levitation and fascination are the feelings that vivify his trip. Ghirri develops the project with Gianni Celati, who accompanies his friend’s gaze of narrator with a text. Once computerized and classified, the “Ghirri Fund” will be preserved among the rare and precious materials of the Library and made available to researchers. Periodically it will suggest a number of research activities, in-depth analysis, combinations, comparisons and thematic incentives, starting from the extraordinary visual sensitivity of this Italian artist. A new publishing series of notebooks published thanks to the collaboration of Galleria Massimo Minini in Brescia, will give back gradually the considerations resulting from the specific activities.

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