Milan 2017 – In the The Grammar of Fantasy: An Introduction to the Art of Inventing Stories Italian novelist Gianni Rodari explains how to set up a creative process for novels in the making. From here, bespoke covering material manufacturer Alcantara fills the Prince’s rooms at Milan Palazzo Reale with mesmerizing installations by 6 international artists and designers such as Nanda Vigo, Aki Kondo, Michael Lin and more.
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Until April 30, the Fantasy Access Code exhibition – Codice di Avviamento Fantastico in Italian – leads visitors along a surreal path through the ten rooms that used to make up the Apartment of the Prince and which are today normally closed to the public.
The exhibition goes from the spaceship by Nanda Vigo which has knocked down the walls of Palazzo Reale. The impact has opened up a passageway onto a new world, the bright and beautiful colours of an alien garden, complete with a sprinkling fountain of light.
The mysterious Eden created by the Japanese artist Aki Kondo features large-scale works house compositions of drawings and brightly coloured paintings. Michael Lin blurs the lines between art and design introducing an object midway between a bed, a stage, and a pedestal. Vernacular ornaments from Taiwan meet designs inspired by the Memphis group.
Soundwalk Collective carried out a series of recordings around the Alcantara factory to create a sound and light installation documents the repetitive motion of industrial machinery that is employed in the production of the company’s covering materials.
Lorenzo Vitturi‘s psychedelic jungle combines multiform sculptures with bright colours. The artist worked on the alternation of proportions, coming up with various passages from the microscopic world to that of macroscopic dimensions. In the last room, Georgina Starr explores the fourth dimension. Her work is a treaty which, by means of the tools of science fiction, leads us into the most mysterious place of all: our own minds.
“The buildings are alive. They have character and memory. They tell the stories of those who built them, lived in them, loved them and hated them. They withhold dreams and desires. They are thresholds for the imagination of worlds, of the past or ones that have never existed. Alcantara comes up with new things to extract the extraordinary from the everyday, from what is most familiar to us,” is the comment of the exhibition curators Massimo Torrigiani and Davide Quadrio.
Fantasy Access code is promoted and produced by the Municipality of Milan, Palazzo Reale (Royal Palace) and Alcantara. The exhibition runs until Sunday 30 April. The exhibition inaugurated on the occasion od MiART fair.
Photography by Henrik Blomqvist and Lorenzo Vitturi- Courtesy of Alcantara.