"Inventories of Abstraction"
The Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi's CCCS - Centro di
Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina has asked the
Swiss artist to produce a work of art designed to
pay tribute to the spectacular architecture of
the Florentine Renaissance
The inner courtyard of the Palazzo Strozzi in
Firenze will be hosting a site-specific
installation by Yves Netzhammer from 24 April to
12 July 2009.
Yves Netzhammer, celebrated for his poetic
installations in 3D reflecting the human
condition, has designed a multimedia installation
14.5 mt. by 7.5 mt designed to mirror the
Renaissance proportions of the palace courtyard.
The work consists of a number of different
elements that forge a kind of parallel world in
an ongoing game of hide-and-peep with the
architecture of this historical Florentine
palace. The installation breathes life into a
journey, a labyrinth comprising structures
reminiscent of a compound, at each end of which
the artist has placed shapes of animals and
woodland vegetation. Here too, as in his other
works, the artist works with formal elements
reduced to a bare minimum yet with a wealth of
images and action sequences.
The compound forms an architectural framework
which the visitor is urged to enter in a mood of
total perception triggered by computerized
animation typical of the artist's style and by
atmospheric sounds created by Bernd Schnurer, a
composer with whom Netzhammer has worked on
several previous occasions.
New shapes generate each other to the point where
a virtual and predominantly symbolic reality
comes into being, prompting reflection and
dreamlike associations in the mind of the
spectator who is called on to build a personal
path of movement based on the relationship
between seeing and understanding.
This initiative is part of a project in which
artists from all over the world are invited to
Florence to present works of art specifically
designed for the courtyard of Palazzo Strozzi.
The initiative kicked off with Chinese artist
Wang Yu Yang's Artificial Moon in 2008
Yves Netzhammer was born in Schaffhausen in 1970
and lives in Zurich. After completing his studies
in architecture and training initially as a
draughtsman, he enrolled in the preparatory
course at Zurich's Hochschule für Gestaltung und
Kunst in 1990 to 1991, going on to frequent its
course for specialization in the figurative arts
from 1991 to 1995. After showing his work at
personal and collective exhibitions in such
important cities as Zurich, Frankfurt, Bâle,
Duisburg, Bremen, Karlsruhe, Cologne, Mannheim,
Lucerne and others, and after winning a number of
major prizes and awards, Netzhammer represented
Switzerland, along with Christine Streuli, at the
National Pavilion in the Giardini di Castello at
the most recent edition of the Venice Biennale,
Since 1997 he has produced video installations,
3D animations, drawings, paintings and other
objects, using the computer to create pictures
and animated film sequences that offer a poetic
and evocative interpretation of the world we live
in. Using an extremely concise and symbolic
style, Netzhammer explores the philosophical and
psychological aspects of the game of
relationships between man, objects, and elements
from the animal and vegetable kingdoms and the
transformations that they spawn.
Location: Centre for Contemporary Culture
Strozzina (CCCS), 50123 Firenze, Italy
Public Information: Tel. +39 055 2645155, http://www.palazzostrozzi.org
Opening hours: every day 8.00 - 20.00. Thursday 8.00 - 23.00
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