The exhibition “Rivoluzione Vedova”, designed by Alvisi Kirimoto, is devised by the Fondazione Emilio e Annabianca Vedova, co-produced with the M9-Museum of the 20th Century and curated by Gabriella Belli. The exhibition will be open to the public from the 5th May to the 26th November 2023 on the third floor of the Museum.

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Second Award | Exhibition Design (Built)

Project Name: “Rivoluzione Vedova” Exhibition
Category: Exhibition Design (Built)
Studio Name: Alvisi Kirimoto
Design Team: Arch. Massimo Alvisi, Arch. Junko Kirimoto, Arch. Silvia Rinalduzzi
Area: 1.350 mq
Year: 2023
Location: M9 – Museum of the 20th Century, Mestre (Venice), Italy

Visual and graphic project: Twin Studio
Virtual reality: Vitruvio Virtual Reality
Setup: Ottart
Artworks Transport: Apice
Lighting: iGuzzini
Models: Alvisi Kirimoto (study models)
Modelab (tile)
Photography Credits: ©Marco Cappelletti (exhibition), ©Studio Daido (study models, tile)
Other Credits: Curated by Gabriella Belli

Exhibition co-produced by Fondazione Emilio e Annabianca Vedova and M9-Museum of the 20th Century

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©Marco Cappelletti (exhibition), ©Studio Daido

The project’s originality starts with the asymmetrical special shape of the room and the extraordinary light, which descends from the shed roof.

In line with the curator’s request to define three distinct areas, a decisive sign was conjured that invades and divides the room, orienting the visitor: like a large “splinter”, the central structure defines the three scenarios linked to the cycles of works on display, which are among the fundamental masterpieces of the artist: …in continuum, compenetrazioni/traslati ’87/’88; the Plurimi of the Absurdes Berliner Tagebuch ’64; the Dischi and Tondi; while the works on the wall, associated with particular historical moments of the 1900s, are intended as seals, as accents, which narrate the war conflicts in which Vedova participates vigorously.

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©Marco Cappelletti (exhibition), ©Studio Daido

The “splinter” is a complex structure, made up of three folded and asymmetrical sheets that split the space and shape its profile. The flaps are detached from each other to let the gaze filter through the joints, and to read the structure as a single articulated element, a real work tool.

The “splinter”, therefore, simultaneously separates and connects the areas, to showcase the cycles of works on display and the subtle network of relationships between them.

Much more than a mere container, the main room hosting the exhibition, with its irregular plan and its generous openings, underlines the link between the works and the city, and amplifies the urban nature of the installation.

Entering the room, one is totally immersed in Vedova’s universe through his disruptive work …in continuum, compenetrazioni/traslati ’87/’88, which, whose expressive power and spatial articulation, conquer the visitor.

The second area hosts the Plurimi from the Absurdes Berliner Tagebuch ‘64 cycle, composed of seven elements made with hinged structures, two of which are suspended and invade the space. The surfaces of the “splinter” that enclose this area have a slight inclination on the vertical axis which expands the reference area, creating spatial tension and dialoguing with the dynamism of these irregular works rich in chromatic stratifications.

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©Marco Cappelletti (exhibition), ©Studio Daido

The third section, on the other hand, is dotted with the presence of the Dischi, which float in space, and the Tondi, lying on the ground or hanging from the “splinter”. Thanks to their multiple positions, visitors can enter the path defined by these large circular canvases and by the three surfaces that delineate the space. At the end of the labyrinth of pieces, slightly detached from the rest, stands Chi brucia un libro brucia un uomo, the work linked to the Sarajevo library fire in 1992, which is of very strong symbolic value.

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©Marco Cappelletti (exhibition), ©Studio Daido

In addition to the exhibition hall the are the second floor corridor designed as an introductory space and a multimedia black box.