ENJOY exhibition at Chiostro del Bramante
Till 25 February 2018, Chiostro del Bramante will host their new and exciting exhibition ENJOY. Under the theme of “Art Meets Fun”, the contemporary art show will aim to show its visitors different approaches to enjoyment. The exhibition – curated by Danilo Eccher – has various applications laid out for visitors. The exhibition stimulates all senses and asks visitors to participate and interact with the artworks.
After their very successful LOVE exhibition, Chiostro del Bramante hopes to show the versatile nature of the space and pursue a new and adventures path. With 13 artists and 2 artist groups presenting their works, the exhibition offers a fresh look on what we perceive as art. Works by Alexander Calder, Mat Collishaw, Jean Tinguely, Leandro Erlich, Tony Oursler, Ernesto Neto, Piero Fogliati, Michael Lin, Gino De Dominicis, Erwin Wurm, Hans Op de Beeck, Studio 65, Martin Creed, Ryan Gander, TeamLab create the body of the show. For all the works on display, amusement is key.
The exhibition welcomes its visitors with a lovely sculpture by Alexander Calder: you find yourself in a completely empty room faced with a kinetic sculpture that politely demands your attention as it hovers over you. The importance of this piece is embedded in its characteristic emblem, at the start of contemporary art in the 1960’s. Following Calder, Mat Collishaw’s Centrifugal Soul welcomes you into a dark room where you’re faced with his amazing zoetrope. While creating this work, Collishaw used the theory of evolutionary psychologist Geoffrey Miller, who believes that ‘the origins of art stem from natural instincts of courtship and reproduction’. The piece is in the form of a zoetrope, a device that was used to make animation before film. With its fast rotation and lighting, the device creates an illusion of movement. Collishaw’s zoetrope is characterized by bowerbirds and birds of paradise performing their mating calls. Over all, the work connects our natural desires with art through enjoyment.
After Collishaw’s work, Jean Tinguely’s kinetic pieces use and portray movement and mechanization. With several interactive pieces by Tinguely, all your senses are re-activated by hearing the bells and watching the machines work with your input to the piece. Tinguely’s sculptures lead visitors to a very fun and interactive work by Leandro Erlich. His installation piece plays with our visual sense to an extreme. With a set of changing rooms all connected to one another – either with mirrors or with just empty frames – you are led through Erlich’s maze created to pursue the idea of how much we trust our vision and what we expect from it.
After this maze, Tony Oursler, Ernesto Neto, Piero Fogliati, Michael Lin, Gino De Dominicis welcome you to a sensory overload. With audio recordings, color palettes and close-up views of eyeballs, the visitors are invited to question how we enjoy things and what we use to do this. The second floor of the museum focuses on works related to size and scale.
In the curator’s words: “Art drowns in sorrow but feeds on pleasures.” By playing with human senses, all the works within the exhibition distort your reality and truly make you question.
Chiostro del Bramante
Arco della Pace, 5 (Piazza Navona)
Till 25 February 2018
Mon-Sun 10am – 8pm, Sat-Sun 10am-9pm
Entry fee: €11-13
(Italian audio guide included in the price)