We are happy to announce the exhibition Codice di avviamento fantastico (Fantasy Access Code), the second show in a cycle curated by Davide Quadrio and Fantom’s Massimo Torrigiani, commissioned and produced by Alcantara with the Municipality of Milan and Palazzo Reale. The show will take place in the rooms of the Apartment of the Prince from March 28th to April 30th at Milan’s Royal Palace (Palazzo Reale) in Piazza Duomo.
Alcantara, which produces and sells the eponymous registered material worldwide, in this new project continues the exploration of the expressive potential offered by its material through the work of some of the most refined and sensitive artists of our day, invited to address the specificities of a unique medium, in the quite exceptional context of the Apartment of the Prince. The six international artists called upon to take part in this mission are: Aki Kondo, Michael Lin, Soundwalk Collective, Georgina Starr, Nanda Vigo and Lorenzo Vitturi.
Lorenzo Vitturi, sketch for Fantasy Access Code, 2017
Georgina Starr, sketch for Fantasy Access Code, 2017
The six international artists called upon to take part in this mission are: Aki Kondo, Michael Lin, Soundwalk Collective, Georgina Starr, Nanda Vigo and Lorenzo Vitturi. Each of them has come to terms with the evocations inspired by the place which, like a fantastical creative device, has given rise to the composition of highly original works, all produced using the Alcantara® material. The outcome is a choral itinerary, both multi-faceted and unitary, put together as a series of ‘cabinets of curiosities’ which has made it possible to bring the Apartment back to life as a boundless source of inspiration. An organism capable of telling stories from the past or ones which never took place at all, and not just a mere frame for the exhibition.
The title in Italian, Codice di avviamento fantastico, refers to the mechanism of the same name as described by Gianni Rodari (1920 – 1980) in his booklet The Grammar of Fantasy: An Introduction to the Art of Inventing Stories (Teachers & Writers Collaborative, 1996; first published 1973). The author explains how to set up a self-sustaining chain of ideas, associations of marvellous images and views to construct literary texts. In the same way, the exhibition itinerary is structured like a cosmology of amazing worlds arising from the direct relationship with the spaces, dislocated along the ten rooms that make up the Apartment of the Prince. Each one constitutes a stop-off point along the imaginary journey undertaken by each artist, but also a starting point for the imagination of each and every visitor to these spaces – normally closed to the public – letting them enter parallel worlds, casting their gaze beyond the threshold and thus overcoming the limit between reality and imagination.