Il senso del panorama
The Meaning of the Panorama
Since the summer of 2013 the MUCEM, designed by Rudy Ricciotti, has stood on the waterfront of Marseille. If we unpick the acronym – Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisation – the complexity of the challenge this institution has taken on becomes clear. It is staging an exhibition that perfectly embodies the museum’s vision. Open until February 29, it is entitled I Love Panoramas (above, right, the poster) and reflects on the sociocultural dimension of the landscape. Whether natural or constructed, the panorama has been made the focus of research that analyses its narrative power, its ability to encapsulate the distinctive elements of a community and its context and its transformations and prospects. The design of the exhibition, co-produced with the Musées d’Art et d’Histoire in Geneva, is by the Adrien Rovero studio. The curators Laurence Madelin and Jean-Roch Bouiller have involved, among others, Peter Greenway, Olafur Eliasson, Elina Brotherus (left, Der Wanderer 2), Jeff Wall and David Hockney.