The Arts of Giambattista Piranesi - Architect, etcher, antiquarian, view maker, designer
From 28 August 2010 to 21 November 2010
The exhibition The Arts of Piranesi - Architect, etcher, antiquarian, view maker, designer is now open in the exhibition centre at the Isle of San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice. The exhibition conceived by the architect Michele De Lucchi and organised by the Giorgio Cini Foundation and Factum Arte, Adam Lowes studio, offers an all-round insight into the expressive and cultural work of one of the most fascinating, complex and multifaceted artists in modern history. Giambattista Piranesi (Mogliano Veneto ? 1720 Rome 1778) was an ingenious and visionary creator who invented a new style capable of revising the classics and putting them in contact with the language of his time, in a fascinating and to some extent, very innovative fusion. Based on fantasy and science, design and decoration, his work has managed to project itself beyond the confines of the 19th century and has escaped to the present time: this is why, for instance, the technological re-working of his famous drawings Imaginary Prisons, presented in the exhibition as 3D projections, does not appear like a contrived effort but instead offers a helping hand to comprehend his genius. Additionally, visitors will be able to visualize and grasp the artists original mind in three-dimensional renderings made of rare materials of some of Piranesis inventions in the series Diverse Maniere di adornare i Cammini (Various Ways of Adorning Fireplaces). The section in the exhibition dedicated to Piranesis collection of antiques, which he collected to be sold on the antiquarian market, intends instead to reveal his fascination with the past and the influence he had over the artists and architects in the age of Neoclassicism.
The last section of the exhibition contains Piranesis views of Rome and etchings of Paestum: these will be accompanied by unpublished photographs by the photographer and documentaries maker Gabriele Basilico, who has revisited with his camera the entirety of Piranesis collection of views.
All in all, an exhibition that represents a new experience and draws the most exhaustive portrait of Piranesis complex and multi-faceted personality.