Site specific

Dan Graham

One of the main exhibits in the Antonio Dalle Nogare Foundation house-museum is the site-specific installation by the American artist Dan Graham. The work is a pavilion built of reflective glass and stainless steel and is now located in the garden of the Foundation. Due to its reflective sides, it changes continually according to the light, weather conditions and the position of the visitor.  The work’s close contact with its natural surroundings and architectural setting, all help to make the “Pavilion” experience even more meaningful.

Dan Graham, Pavilion, 2016, All sides lightly reflective glass and stainless steel. Ph: Jürgen Eheim.

Antonio Dalle Nogare and Dan Graham, 2008. Ph. Piero Perra.

Dan Graham has been analysing the relationships between architectural environments and their inhabitants for over fifty years with diversified conceptual art practices that include installations, performances, videos, photographs and books. Starting in the 1970s he has focused on building architectural pavilions from transparent or mirrored glass that he has installed all over the world and now feature in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Metropolitan Museum (New York), the Dia Art Foundation (New York), the Moderna Museet (Stockholm), the Zegna Foundation (Biella), and many other institutions too.

Dan Graham, Pavilion, 2016, All sides slightly reflective glass and stainless steel.

Massimo Minini, Italian gallerist, interviews Dan Graham during his visit at the Foundation

Robert Barry

The Antonio Dalle Nogare Foundation is home to the site-specific installation “Beyond, Instead, Possible…” by the American artist Robert Barry. The work was made for the library windows in 2012, following two visits to the museum by the artist and his agent, Massimo Minini, while it was still being built.

Robert Barry is considered to be one of the founders of American conceptual art. The artist uses a vocabulary of about 200 words to create installations on walls, canvases, windows, projections or sculptures. The selection of the words is made on the basis of the specific location, context or situation the work has been created for.

From left to right: Robert Barry, Antonio Dalle Nogare, Arch. Walter Angonese, Massimo Minini, 2009. Ph: Piero Perra.

Robert Barry, Beyond, Instead, Possible…, detail, 2012, window decal, variable dimensions

The “Beyond, Instead, Possible…” installation is the result of a direct discussion between Antonio Dalle Nogare and Robert Barry and is markedly affected by the natural environment that surrounds the building. Light and nature alter the work hour by hour, so it appears to be continually evolving.

Letizia Ragaglia, director of Museion, interviews Robert Barry during his stay at the Fondazione

Massimo Minini, Italian galerist, interviews Robert Barry during his stay at the Fondazione

Robert Barry, Beyond, Instead, Possible…, detail, 2012, window decal, variable dimensions

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