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Art or Sound opens at Fondazione Prada in Venice (article)
Posted by Gala
June 9, 2014
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"Art or Sound" presented by Fondazione Prada, opened last week at Ca' Corner della Regina coinciding with the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale. Curated by Germano Celant, this multi-sensory exhibition explores the relationship between art and sound, investigating the symmetry and ambivalence that has existed between the two throughout history. The exhibition, which spans the last five centuries and occupies two floors is comprised of more than 180 artifacts ranging from clocks, carillons, and automata, to scores, paintings, sculptures, and musical instruments.

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We designed the display system informed by the structure of a musical score, which is also reflected in the branding for the exhibition. The arrangement of the bases and pedestals are determined by the linear organization, while the objects and instruments act as individual elements of a musical notation. We also covered the floors and display stands with sound-attenuating materials, giving both the acoustic and visual elements equal prominence while allowing visitors to focus on individual works.
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To accompany the exhibition we designed an extensive publication that reconstructs the analogies and parallels between the research and experimentations in art, music and sound. Featuring numerous essays by artists, musicians and historians such as Andrea Lissoni, Luciano Chessa, and Douglas Kahn, the book sets out to make a further contribution to the study of a multi-sensory perception of the arts.

The exhibition will remain on view until November 3rd at Fondazione Prada, Ca' Corner della Regina Venice.

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Installation views

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Eliseo Mattiacci "Echi di suoni e cani che abbaiano,"1983 Photography: Attilio Maranzano

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From left to right: Salvador Dalí "Metronome," 1944; Man Ray "Indestructible Object," 1923 (1965) and Claes Oldenburg – Coosje van Bruggen "Silent Metronome," 16 inch, Version Three, 2005 Photography: Attilio Maranzano

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Works by George Maciunas, Nam June Paik, John Cage, Robert Morris, Tore Honoré Bøe and Bruce Nauman Photography: Attilio Maranzano

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From left to right: Arman "The Spirit of Yamaha," 1997 Tom Sachs "Toyan's Jr.," 2001 and Gebr"der Wellershaus "Fairground Organ," early 20th Century Photography: Attilio Maranzano

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Arman "The Spirit of Yamaha," 1997 Photography: Attilio Maranzano