fondation cartier & formafantasma explore the meaning of the unknown in ‘mondo reale’

the unknown in mondo reale

As part of the 23rd International Exhibition Milan Triennale titled “Unknown unknowns. An Introduction to the Mysteries Fondation Cartier the gifts “real world” (meaning “real world”), a museum Show conceived by Hervé Chandès, the artistic and general director of the Fondation Cartier, together with Forma fantasma for the exhibition design and seventeen international contemporary artists whose works were specially commissioned for the exhibition. The exhibition runs from July 15 to December 11, 2022 at the Triennale Milano.

How do you know the feeling of the unknown? To discover, develop and reflect. To contemplate the sky, mathematicians and poets explored and experienced. Encountering faith, natural disasters and the vastness of cultivated cultures. The unknown leaves reality with a dose of astonishment, disbelief, amusement, disorientation, dismay, questions, worries, curiosity and the limits or ignorance. Perceiving the world as a harbinger of mystery. Mondo Reale envisions a landing on our planet, a step into the unknown of the everyday world and an invitation to visitors to uncover the mysteries of the unknown, giving free rein to their imagination, curiosity and emotions.


Images courtesy of Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain | Cover photo: Jaider Esbell, Untitled | Image: Ron Mueck, man in a boat

Traditions, psychology and self in the beginning

That public art The journey begins with a two-headed creature titled by artist Virgil Ortiz Ring Masters & Tics (2022). That pottery The tradition of Pueblo Cochiti remains celebrated as the artist weaves the narratives of Native Americans and their revolt, incorporating his personal experiences and the nuances of science fiction and apocalypse. From the fantasy imagination imposed by the otherworldly subjects, Ron Muck‘s man in a boat (2002) draws visitors into the psychology of self and reality as the artist creates a sculpture of himself naked in a boat to embark on an ancient journey of discovery and self-discovery. He may be staring into space, but his eyes and knit brows are brimming with curiosity and loss, a reflection of ephemeral feelings people may have at some point in their lives.

For a sound installationsinger Patti Smith reads the text by mathematician Misha Gromov with the title The four mysteries of the world. Her voice hums and reveals the fifth secret, the art of poetry. Yet the linguistic device now takes the form of a deep emotion, a burning passion found in passion, as Sho Shibuya presents his poetic interpretation of the timeline of sunrises and events through New York Times headlines. His framed series Headlines: 2020-2022 is anchored to a wall so visitors can paddle through the transition step by step.

fondation cartier & formafantasma explore the meaning of the unknown in 'mondo reale'
jessica wynne, Carlo Rovelli

Mondo reale draws on the Bible and mythology

The references to natural phenomena continue with artist Alex Cerveny’s personal glossary, interwoven with references and figures from the Bible as he visually links the names of people and places through maps to reorganize human knowledge, from mythology to the soap opera. In Andrei Ujica’s film, a conversation takes place between Paul Virilio and Nobel Prize winner Svetlana Alexievich unknown amount (2002/2005) where they deal with the new world that emerged from the Chernobyl disaster. The medium of film overlaps with that of filmmaker Andrei Ujica 2Pasolini (2000/2021), a tribute to Pier Paolo Pasolini’s spirituality and as a revered personality whose 100th birthday is being celebrated this year.

Artist Yann Kebbi’s division between reality and imagination—often blurred despite an effort to distinguish the two—attempts to narrate the appearance of the artworks in Mondo Reale and their articulation in space, seemingly tying everything into a single thread. Yet Artavazd Pelechian’s film Nature (2020) brings viewers back to earth through mankind’s relationship with the natural world. An anthology of monochrome clips creates a cinematic experience to depict the power of nature that only the divine can control.

fondation cartier & formafantasma explore the meaning of the unknown in 'mondo reale'
alex cerveny, stop looking and listening

Geography, physics and the waves of the sea

Mystery and alienation lend artist Alev Ebüzziya Siesbye’s ceramic bowls (Untitled1997-2019) the motifs and memories of the sea spread across the surface sea ​​wave (2022), a large-scale pencil drawing by artist Hu Liu, the spirit of traditional oriental painting that adorns the present. A Double Solar Eclipse in a Landscape of Disorganized Objects and Geography Presented by Guillermo Kuitca’s Paintings (Double eclipse, 2013), predicts the state of the world. A Bear Confronts Its Own Reflection in the Water: A teddy bear, a TedHyber, is the subject of three paintings by Fabrice Hyber, a culmination of the many possible ways of looking at the world, the irony of duplicity, and the variety of interpretations that provide truths and lies .

persecution fallen sky (2020) by the artist Sarah Sze draws on physics through the use of the pendulum, an ancient scientific instrument developed to track the Earth’s rotation, measure time and space, and explain the natural world. Mathematics takes center stage in reflection as Jessica Wynne photographed physicist Carlo Rovelli’s plaque bearing one of the writings of today’s greatest scientists to offer a vision of knowledge and its extinction. Similarly, Jean-Michel Alberola’s video, La Main de Cédric Villani (la conjecture de Cercignani), captures the gestures of the mathematician Cédric Villani while he illustrates Cercignani’s conjecture on his blackboard.

fondation cartier & formafantasma explore the meaning of the unknown in 'mondo reale'
Artavazd Pelechian, The nature

David Lynch completes mondo reale

The works of Jaider Esbell – an activist who was part of the indigenous resistance movement of the state of Roraima in Brazil – illustrate the myths of the Macuxi people in a multiverse spanning microcosms and macrocosms. Then, David Lynch appears with three works in the exhibition. The special project weather report live in the showroom. The installation The universe comes from zero (2011), an animated catalog of all objects in the universe commissioned by the Fondation Cartier for the Paris exhibition Mathematics, a Elsewhere beautiful in 2011.

The film what did jack do (2017) concludes the exhibition sequence, a black-and-white film set in a train station where a homicide detective played by Lynch himself corners an unlikely suspect. When the short film ends the journey into the unknown, the case still remains unsolved. Mystery does not end with the end of the exhibition. It just begins another exploration.

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