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Architecture

ARCHITECTURE

 

In the building that hosts the Foundation, art and architecture come together to create an evocative place. The geographical position, the lush natural context combined with the choice of materials and the intervention of international artists, make it unique.

 

The project is by the architect Walter Angonese, with the help of his colleague Andrea Marastoni; together, they shape into reality the idea of the client. Their vision is to create a building in which the museum and the domestic dimension can coexist, so that visitors feel welcome. The rock is excavated  to make space for the rooms that will become exhibition halls, offices and library, together with the spaces for private use. The porphyry extracted from the mountain is grinded, worked so that it returns, modified, to its original location, in the form of concrete. Tombak, raw oak wood and large windows complete the building giving it a contemporary yet warm character. The exhibition rooms are designed as large open spaces, where works of art of any shape and size find the right place to breathe.

 

Artists called upon to create site-specific works participate in its construction, such as the Americans Robert Barry – who designs a huge lettering for the library’s windows – and Dan Graham, who designs a large pavilion for the Foundation’s garden.

 

This architecture thus becomes a meeting place for anyone interested in contemporary art.

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 continuously 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 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) and many other institutions too.

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

Massimo Minini, Italian gallerist, interviews Dan Graham during a visit to 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.

 

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.

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

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

Fondazione Antonio Dalle Nogare, 2010. Ph: Piero Perra

Fondazione Antonio Dalle Nogare, 2010. Ph: Piero Perra

Robert Barry, Antonio Dalle Nogare, Walter Angonese, Massimo Minini. Fondazione Antonio Dalle Nogare, 2011. Ph: Piero Perra

Dan Graham, Antonio Dalle Nogare. Fondazione Antonio Dalle Nogare, 2011. Ph: Piero Perra

Fondazione Antonio Dalle Nogare, 2010. Ph: Piero Perra

Fondazione Antonio Dalle Nogare, 2010. Ph: Piero Perra

installation view. Fondazione Antonio Dalle Nogare, 2020. Ph.: Jürgen Eheim

installation view. Fondazione Antonio Dalle Nogare, 2020. Ph.: Jürgen Eheim

installation view. Fondazione Antonio Dalle Nogare, 2016. Ph.: Jürgen Eheim

installation view. Fondazione Antonio Dalle Nogare, 2016. Ph.: Jürgen Eheim

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