19 March 2021 – 17:27
“At the time of Covid, creating a work visible to all becomes an invitation to rediscover a direct relationship with art”
of Corriere Fiorentino editorial staff
A gash, an x-ray of the façade of Palazzo Strozzi in Florence. JR’s installation proposes a reflection on accessibility to places of culture in the era of Covid. The new site specific work entitled “La Ferita”, 28 meters high and 33 meters wide, opens up to the vision of a real and imagined interior at the same time. Made with a black and white photographic collage typical of the artist’s style, the work is built as an illusionistic game in which it seems to be able to look inside, seeing different rooms of Palazzo Strozzi: the colonnade of the courtyard, an imaginary exhibition hall with paintings of the Primavera and the Birth of Venus by Botticelli, and a library.
JR in Florence: “This work must be an awakening”
The installation, it has been explained, is part of Palazzo Strozzi Future Art, a new program born from collaboration with Andy Bianchedi in memory of Hillary Merkus Recordati, whose goal is to create a platform for the art of the present. «It is a pleasure to be here – said JR today in Florence – this work awakens so many things in all of us and what interests me is that everyone will interpret it based on his story, everyone will have a different reading. A work of this kind remains for a few months, but its image will remain in people’s heads also in the future and I think that even when it is no longer there, the people who have seen it will go and see what’s behind that wall ” . For Arturo Galansino, director of the Palazzo Strozzi Foundation “in the current difficulty of offering opportunities for the enjoyment of art in traditional spaces, the choice to create a work visible to anyone on the façade of Palazzo Strozzi becomes an invitation to rediscover a direct relationship with art and a solicitation for new forms of sharing and participation “.
March 19, 2021 | 17:27