e11 - chaosmos, 2020
The Palazzo dell'Arte was built in the early '30s on drawings by Giovanni Muzio. It is an architecture of festivity. It presents itself on the "viale" as an austere classical palazzo, almost severe in its dark red klinker bricks and granite masonry. Inside, a sequencing of rooms varies in heights, forms, and interlaced spatial relationships, and reminds a juxtaposition of theatrical stages as well as the fluency of an open pavilion in the park.
Walking from room to salon and again to room, one is accompanied by the rhythm of high windows overlooking the park. Branches and leaves of the trees become an impalpable curtain moving with the blows of wind. The interior becomes an exterior, as all floors and walls become an embroidery in continuity with the surrounding park.
The installation intones with the palazzo ambiguity between interior and exterior and consists of two tents. The one in the atrium is generated by three concentric octagons, rotated one in respect to the other, and inscribed in circles between 3,5 and 1,5 meters. It is 10 meters high and rises to catch the light penetrating from the existing skylights. It is an axial vestibule. The tent in the impluvium is squared and generated by the existing skylight that was reopened on that occasion to bring back natural light. It is composed of four textile walls in three layers of mesh, and a new fabric ceiling. There, the squared geometry rotates to harmonise the space with the existing one. The tent is 4,5 meters high with thresholds at the corners.
The scenography accompanies the natural movement from the monumental staircase towards the atrium and the side salons, hinted by light and shadow, filtered through the leaves of the park. An interior as an intimate landscape.