A Ballad of the Flooded Museum

a-ballad-of-the-flooded-museum-mThe Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation is happy to announce A Ballad of the Flooded Museum, a solo exhibition of Italian artists Hilario Isola and Matteo Norzi, curated by Paola Nicolin. The exhibition will open to the public on August 26th 2010 during the inauguration of the 12th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice.

The exhibition, hosted in the rooms of Palazzetto Tito, is a series of reflections on water as a contradictory element; an element which supports and sweeps away, preserves and destroys, remembers and submerges for ever and changes radically the perception of space, light and bodies. The project has been inspired by the great French oceanographer Jacques Cousteau and linked in particular to experiments he has conducted at the beginning of the 60s in an underwater habitat on the seabed off the coast of Sudan.  The artists have proceeded with their re-interpretation and re-activation amidst a collection of material and documents linked to the experiment, developing it in different directions (photography, drawings, videos and sculpture installations).
The exhibition, using the domestic spaces of Palazzetto Tito, aims to suggest a possible and poetic portrayal of the relationship between underwater world and terra firma, inviting reflections on the ephemeral perception of space, on water as display, on the relationship between fiction and reality and on the actual nature of the work of art and its setting in the museum. In this way the artists reveal the interest for the relationship between context and content, space and exhibition, work of art and spectator.
And, in fact, the venue of the exhibition, a building that emerges from the water and is often flooded as can happen only in Venice , takes on a particular significance.


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