Fondazione PRADA inaugurates ‘Art or Sound’ Exhibition in Venice (Italy)

Curated by Germano Celant, Fondazione Prada’s “Art or Sound” at  Ca’ Corner della Regina explores the relationship between art and sound and the way it has developed from the 16th century to the present day, examining the iconic aspects of musical instruments, the role of the artist-musician, and the areas in which the visual arts and music have come together.

The exhibition comprises more than 180 artifacts—clocks and carillons, automata and musical machines, paintings and scores, sculptures and readymades, together with decorated, assembled, imaginary and silent musical instruments—and occupies the two main floors of the Venetian palazzo.

The exhibition features: music-themed paintings by Bartolomeo Veneto and Nicola Giolfino; musical instruments made from unusual and precious materials by Michele Antonio Grandi and Giovanni Battista Cassarini; artworks by Swiss watchmaker Pierre Jaquet-Droz;  explorations in the experience of silence in art with works such as With Hidden Noise;  works of the Nouveaux Réalistes, such as Arman and Jean Tinguely.

This exploration of the ambiguous overlap between art and sound goes on to cover the more recent research of artists like Christian Marclay, Janet Cardiff, Martin Creed and Doug Aitken, and the production of a newer generation, represented by Anri Sala, Athanasios Argianas, Haroon Mirza, Ruth Ewan and Maywa Denki, among others.

The display system for “Art or Sound”, designed by global consultancy 2×4 led by Michael Rock, is informed by the structure of a musical score. The linear organization determines the arrangement of the bases and pedestals in the environment, while the objects and instruments in the exhibition act as individual elements of a musical notation.

The exhibition runs June 7- November 3, 2014