Curated by: Marcello Smarrelli
The Memmo Foundation presents Conversation Piece | Part VI, the new appointment in the cycle of exhibitions, curated by Marcello Smarrelli, dedicated to Italian and foreign artists temporarily present in Rome.
The exhibition, open to the public from 15 January 2020 to 22 March 2020, features Corinna Gosmaro (artist, CRT Italian Fellowship in Visual Arts at the American Academy in Rome), Philippe Rahm (architect, fellow at the Academy of France - Villa Medici in 1999/2000 and currently residing in Rome) and Rolf Sachs (Swiss artist and designer, who has recently established his own studio in Rome).
The subtitle of the exhibition, Reality is what doesn't disappear when you stop believing in it, is a quote contained in the essay How to build a universe that doesn't fall apart after two days (1978-1985) by the writer Philip K. Dick, which reaffirms a positivist vision of reality, anchored to the concreteness of objects. The nature of reality is also the nucleus of the research of the philosopher Maurizio Ferraris and his Manifesto of the new realism (2012), according to which reality - contradicting some "dogmas" of postmodernism - would not be infinitely manipulable, marking the return of "truth" and of "objectivity" as valid tools for reading the present.
The exhibition, born from a series of conversations with Philippe Rahm (Pully - Switzerland, 1967) and his research on architecture, art and design (which the author himself indicates as close to the theories of the "new realism"), testifies, also through the works of the other artists involved, a trust in objects as possible agents of change. The works, created specifically for the exhibition, seem to react to these conceptual solicitations, seeking a dialogue between them, with the Memmo Foundation environments and with the city.
Rahm, known for his innovative theories of architecture, in line with the principles of thermodynamics, presents Climatic Apparel, two unisex clothing items, two prototypes of what the artist defines as "New Realism fashion" and which reflect the principles of Ferraris' thinking: trust in the possibility of being able to affect reality through the union of technologies, study of materials and aesthetic formalization. The two dresses - created in collaboration with the partner Irene D’Agostino and with the French brand About a Worker - capable of reacting to atmospheric conditions, recall the theme of climate change, the artist's field of research for several years. They will be set up in a set that reproduces the variation of seasonal light - winter and summer -, enhancing the technical properties of the fabrics and will be worn by two models in a fashion show / performance that will animate the inauguration. The next day, Wednesday 15th January at 6.00 pm, Maurizio Ferraris and Philippe Rahm will discuss the themes of the exhibition in a meeting hosted by the Swiss Institute in Rome.