A captivating site-specific project in which historic works alternate with more recent sculptures and installations. At the entrance, suspended above the heads of the public is a dense web of cushions knotted together and coloured in red and yellow.
“Paola Pivi. World record”
3 April, 2019 – 8 September, 2019
MAXXI – National Museum of XXI Century Arts
Via Guido Reni 4A , Roma
Intense fragrances are diffused in the air from sculptures of minuscule sofas drenched in perfume. The space is totally rethought, large and small confront one another and the works encourage interaction on the part of the public.
This is the exhibition Paola Pivi. World record, the monographic show that the Musem is dedicating to this surprising artist, winner of a Golden Lion at the 1999 Venice Biennale. Whether they are colossal or minuscule pieces, the engaging works of Paola Pivi change the spirit of the place housing them and activate the senses of visitors, subverting the classical confines between public space and intimacy.
The exhibition layout begins under a vast grid of hundreds of soft, intertwined forms suspended in mid-air: Share, but it’s not fair (2012), a work composed of yellow and red cushions, made with the fabrics of Tibetan monks’ tunics, forms an abstract and simultaneously three-dimensional pattern. “The title is like the lament of a child obliged to share an ice cream when he really didn’t want to”, says the artist, “Walking under the great expanse of cushions is enchanting, it’s like exploring a magical world.”
The path then winds past works from the late Nineties; the series of miniature sofas faithfully reproduced to scale and drenched in perfume. The fragrance, which drips on the floor, pervades the air and the olfactory sphere. From the work Did you know I’m single? (2010), a bear skin that references hunting trophies but is actually made from synthetic fur, we arrive at the gigantic World record, the latest installation conceived by the artist, which gives the title to the exhibition and occupies around a third of the gallery.