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The show

Istituto Svizzero is pleased to present “Retour à Rome”, a group exhibition presenting artists: Anne-Laure Franchette, Vidya Gastaldon, Clemens Klopfenstein, Marie Matusz, Gianni Motti, Uriel Orlow, Denis Savary, Rico Scagliola & Michael Meier, Ian Wooldridge, and Mario Merz.

Through a non-conventional installation, the exhibition offers an unusual view on the idea of landscape as a painting genre. The landscape genre, which proliferated in Rome from French painters in the nineteenth century, has shaped, since then, our depiction of the world. As today the genre is no longer identified with painting, “Retour à Rome” toys on the idea that the moving image is the medium that most of all today is able to evoke memories.

Anne-Laure Franchette encloses in small slabs of transparent resin—which resemble translucent film—fragments of vege-tation collected in the garden of the Institute. Vidya Gastaldon’s new abstract film acts as a portal for our inner landscapes’ perception; rhythm and music permeate her work which depicts a series of introspective visions. For Clemens Klopfenstein it is a real return to Rome. The Swiss director shot part of his famous film Geschichte der Nacht by night during his stay at the Istituto Svizzero in 1979.


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Via Ludovisi, 48
00187 Roma


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