Italian Institute of Culture, Stockholm: Volumi Contrastanti / Kontrasterande Volymer, 29/8-28/9 2012
Finissage on Wednesday 26th September from 6 pm. Welcome!
The exhibition Volumi Contrastanti /
Volumi contrastanti/Kontrasterande volymer is a group exhibition presenting site-specific works by Swedish, Italian and Finnish artists. The exhibited installations originate from the artists’ interpretations of the space and the location of the Italian Cultural Institute in Stockholm as well as the ideas and ideals it represents: the histories it contains and the architectural connotations it carries.
The institute building, created to promote Italian culture in Sweden, was inaugurated in November 1958. In the mind of the Italian architect Gio Ponti, the building was a total work of art encompassing everything from the architectural structures and the finishing materials to the furniture and lighting conditions. Within Swedish media, the building was seen as emblematically Italian: representing and mirroring Italian culture in every respect. Apart from minor reparations, the institute building remains today just as it was in the 1950s, both inside and out.
The exhibition brings together artists from different cultures to discuss personal, cultural and contemporary meanings of the site of the institute. The building itself serves as the context to bring forth and discuss questions concerning cultural representation, cultural identity and cultural stereotypes. The works refer to details in the design of the building, to anecdotes from the past decades as well as to cultural and political discourses significant to the site.
Text by Elina Suoyrjö and Rosario Sorbello (the curators of the exhibition).
Mon-Thu 9:30am – 1pm & 2pm – 4:30pm (closed between 1 – 2pm)
Friday 9:30am – 1pm
Italian Cultural Institute, Gärdesgatan 14, Stockholm
The exhibition has been realized with the support from C.M. Lerici Foundation.