Scenography For the Love of the Master, 25 artists fascinated by Piranesi. Opening 17 June 2022
ENG For this exhibition, with its mesmerising pieces from vessels to historical books, we created a dialogue between the contemporary artists and their fascination for Piranesi as a creator and an inventor. Piranesi has a way of superimposing decay with eternity, thus inducing a kind of hyperreality, transcending death and time. From this ‘speculative archaeology’, we developed our ideas for a new scenography.
The two locations where the exhibition takes place presented a challenge: creating a scenography to suit both a white cube and a historical building. The Coach House Galleries in Dublin Castle, provided us with two neutral ‘white boxes’, while the beautiful Casino at Marino with its 18th-century interiors is composed of series of smaller rooms, full of details charged with historic layers. In order to anchor the concept of the latent landscape, we superimposed the cross-shaped plan of the Casino and its piano nobile on the Kane Room in the Coach House. The works are placed like temporary inhabitants, gradually being discovered – in the same way that the visitor discovers the rooms. We created another series of new ‘residents’: small wooden benches, old-pink and in the shape of love seats which have been tailor-made for the Casino. The rooms of the casino in different ways play with the proportions of the square and the golden ratio. In plan, they follow a successive order from 1 : 1 to 2 : 3, 3 : 4, 1 : 2. Reflecting these proportions in every detail, the benches quietly take position.
- Scenography: Voet en De Brabandere
- Team: Caroline Voet, Leen De Brabandere, Thomas Dreezen, Stella De Reuver, Laura Steenbeke
- In collaboration with: curator Hélène Bremer, Mary Heffernan and the OPW
- Production: Meubelatelier n°12
- Location: Dublin Castle and Casino Marino, Ireland
- Opening: 17 June 2022