During the Renaissance and Baroque periods, princes, rulers, and scholars set up their “Kunst and Wunderkammer”: collectors rooms in which precious artworks (artificialia), rare phenomena of nature (naturalia), scientific instruments (scientifica), objects from strange worlds (exotica) and inexplicable items (mirabilia) were preserved. They served to demonstrate the wealth and power of the owner and reflected the standard of knowledge and view of theworld at that time. This year Visionnaire presents its Wunderkammer. Selected pieces realized in limited edition and presented in a contemporary context, through exhalation of unique scents, specifically created for Visionnaire. They provide an insight into the past and creates the very thing it was able to do some two to five centuries ago; to transport the visitors into a realm of sheer astonishment, in a desire of discovering, in few words: in a “Visionnaire dream”.
NICOLA BOLLA - MANUEL FELISI - ENZO FIORE - ALESSANDRO LA SPADA
(Saluzzo – Cuneo, 1963). He lives and works in Torino. His sculptures and settings are the expression of a new Vanitas through the studied use of the Swarovski crystals studded on the subjects of the artist’s personal collection. Skulls, mytological animals, urinals, loops or chains, different objects both for dimension and for icon meaning, where visual and thematic oxymorons coexist: dark and light, shape and contents, opulence and poverty. Following Duchamp’s lesson of decontextualizing an object in order to enrich it with new formal values, Nicola Bolla’s poetics goes over the reading between object and design, transposing it into the urge of a story focused on beauty, surreal and poetic. Nicola Bolla is one of the artists invited to the “Padiglione Italia” during the 53rd edition of the “Biennale” in Venice in 2009.
Alessandro La Spada
From the lively creativity of Alessandro La Spada “Sandrino butcher’s” comes to life, a consideration on the condition of existence through its own “Doppelgänger”, the evil twin which belongs to us and with which we dichotomically alternate! These manufactures are the liberating motion of that thought which investigates on the appeal of shape as mere visual art, free from the functional pragmatism of the object. Furniture as sculpture for the Visionnaire “Wunderkammer”.