Art is (not) a ga­me

L’ar­te con­tem­po­ra­nea è co­sa da bam­bi­ni? De­ci­sa­men­te sì! So­prat­tut­to quan­do le ope­re si ispi­ra­no (e in­vi­ta­no) al gio­co! Is con­tem­po­ra­ry art for kids? Ab­so­lu­te­ly! Espe­cial­ly when the works are in­spi­red by (and an in­vi­ta­tion to) play!

VOGUE Bambini - - IN THIS ISSUE - by Oria­na Pic­ce­ni

Ci so­no ope­re che sem­bra­no ru­ba­te direttamente all’im­ma­gi­na­rio di un bam­bi­no: non so­lo per for­ma e co­lo­re, che ri­con­du­co­no im­me­dia­ta­men­te a una di­men­sio­ne lu­di­ca, ma so­prat­tut­to per­ché rap­pre­sen­ta­no un in­vi­to al sogno e al sor­ri­so. Sem­bra che l’ar­te con­tem­po­ra­nea ab­bia dav­ve­ro vo­glia di gio­ca­re e l’ispi­ra­zio­ne pas­sa pro­prio dai gio­cat­to­li. Pren­dia­mo per esem­pio l’in­stal­la­zio­ne ‘Dou­ble Ca­rou­sel’ di Car­sten Höl­ler, com­po­sta da due gio­stre che ruo­ta­no len­ta­men­te in sen­so op­po­sto e che vo­glio­no pro­vo­ca­re nel­lo spet­ta­to­re sen­ti­men­ti di eu­fo­ria e stu­po­re... so­prat­tut­to se quan­do si sa­le si in­dos­sa­no gli oc­chia­li ‘Up­si­de-Do­wn Gog­gles’, che per­met­to­no di guar­da­re il mondo a te­sta in giù! Per chi vo­glia pro­va­re, gio­stre e oc­chia­li so­no espo­sti all’Han­ga­rBi­coc­ca di Mi­la­no, nell’am­bi­to del­la mo­stra ‘Doubt’, fi­no al 31 lu­glio. Coin­vol­ge­re il pub­bli­co, in­vo­glian­do­lo a di­ven­ta­re par­te dell’ope­ra stes­sa, è an­che la fi­lo­so­fia dell’ar­ti­sta giap­po­ne­se To­shi­ko Ho­riu­chi Ma­cA­dam, che ai bam­bi­ni ha de­di­ca­to il pro­get­to ‘Air Poc­ket’: una se­rie di ope­re che so­no ve­ri e pro­pri play­ground (crea­ti a ma­no con spe­cia­li fi­bre), su cui si don­do­la, si ro­to­la, si oscil­la e si ri­de mol­to! Lo di­ce il no­me stes­so, ‘Comme un jeu d’enfant’ di Da­niel Bu­ren pun­ta di­rit­to alla me­ra­vi­glia e, in un ca­lei­do­sco­pi­co al­ter­nar­si di for­me e colori, im­mer­ge lo spet­ta­to­re in un gran­de gio­co di co­stru­zio­ni. Lo tro­va­te al Mu­seo Espa­cio di Agua­sca­lien­tes, in Mes­si­co (dal 21 lu­glio). L’al­le­gria è il fi­lo con­dut­to­re del­le sculture ispi­ra­te a Walt

Di­sney realizzate da Sam Ha­vad­toy: ope­re che non so­lo so­no di­ver­ten­ti, ma an­che pro­fon­da­men­te poe­ti­che! Sco­pri­te­le nel­la mo­stra ‘On­ly re­mem­ber the fu­tu­re’, alla Fondazione Mudima di Mi­la­no (fi­no all’8 lu­glio). De­ci­sa­men­te gio­co­si an­che mol­ti dei la­vo­ri di Jeff Koons, a par­ti­re dal­la se­rie ‘Ce­le­bra­tion’ ispi­ra­ta all’as­sen­za del fi­glio, per il qua­le l’ar­ti­sta ha im­ma­gi­na­to grandi gio­cat­to­li lu­ci­di e cro­ma­ti. Tra le al­tre, ‘Ti­ti’ e ‘Jim Beam - J.B. Tur­ner En­gi­ne’, da ve­de­re alla mo­stra ‘Now’, alla New­port Street Gal­le­ry di Lon­dra. E se l’ope­ra d’ar­te fos­se una bam­bo­la? Ci ha pen­sa­to Fla­vio Luc­chi­ni con la sua se­rie di iro­ni­che e co­lo­ra­tis­si­me Dolls, che l’ar­ti­sta de­fi­ni­sce af­fet­tuo­sa­men­te ‘puf­fe’. The­re are works that seem sto­len from a child’s ima­gi­na­tion, not on­ly for their sha­pe and co­lor that im­me­dia­te­ly ta­ke us to a play­ful di­men­sion, but espe­cial­ly be­cau­se they are an au­then­tic in­vi­ta­tion to dream and smi­le. It seems that con­tem­po­ra­ry art wan­ts to play even mo­re, and its in­spi­ra­tion co­mes from toys. For exam­ple, the­re is the ‘Dou­ble Ca­rou­sel’ installation by Car­sten Höl­ler, com­po­sed of two ca­rou­sels that slo­w­ly turn in op­po­si­te di­rec­tions and want to pro­vo­ke fee­lings of eu­pho­ria and ama­ze­ment in the viewer… espe­cial­ly when you climb on and wear ‘Up­si­de-Do­wn Gog­gles’, whi­ch let you see the world on its head! If you’d li­ke to try them, the ca­rou­sels and gog­gles are on di­splay at Han­ga­rBi­coc­ca in Mi­lan for the ‘Doubt’ ex­hi­bi­tion, sho­wing un­til Ju­ly 31. En­ga­ging the pu­blic and in­vi­ting it to be­co­me part of the work is al­so the phi­lo­so­phy of Ja­pa­ne­se ar­ti­st To­shi­ko Ho­riu­chi Ma­cA­dam, who de­di­ca­ted the ‘Air Poc­ket’ pro­ject to chil­dren: a se­ries of works that are ge­nui­ne play­grounds (crea­ted by hand using spe­cial fi­bers) on whi­ch kids can rock, roll, and lau­gh a lot! As its na­me says, ‘Comme un jeu d’enfant’ by Da­niel Bu­ren fo­cu­ses on won­der and, in a ka­lei­do­sco­pe of sha­pes and co­lors, im­mer­ses the spec­ta­tor in a hu­ge buil­ding block ga­me. You can find it at Mu­seo Espa­cio of Agua­sca­lien­tes, in Me­xi­co (star­ting Ju­ly 21). Fun is al­so the the­me of the Walt Di­sney-in­spi­red sculp­tu­res by Sam Ha­vad­toy: they’re not on­ly amu­sing, but they’re al­so pro­found­ly poe­tic! You can see them at the ‘On­ly re­mem­ber the fu­tu­re’ ex­hi­bi­tion at Fondazione Mudima in Mi­lan (un­til Ju­ly 8). Ma­ny of Jeff Koons’ works are de­ci­ded­ly play­ful, star­ting wi­th the ‘Ce­le­bra­tion’ se­ries in­spi­red by the ab­sen­ce of his son for whi­ch the ar­ti­st ima­gi­ned big, shi­ny chro­med toys. ‘Ti­ti’ and ‘Jim Beam - J.B. Tur­ner En­gi­ne’, among others, can be seen in the ‘Now’ ex­hi­bi­tion at New­port Street Gal­le­ry­i­nL on don. And­what ifa work of art was a doll? Fla­vio Luc­chi­ni took ca­re of that wi­th his se­ries of iro­nic and co­lor­ful Dolls, whi­ch he af­fec­tio­na­te-ly calls 'chub­by'.

LEF T: ‘DOUBT’, INSTALL ATION VIEW AT PI­REL­LI HAN­GA­RBI­COC­CA, M ILAN, 2 016. C OURTESY O F T HE AR­TI­ST A ND P IRELLI H ANGARBICOCCA, M ILAN. PHO­TO: © AT­TI­LIO MARANZANO IN THE FOREGROUND: DOU­BLE C AROUSEL, 2 011 C OURTESY E NEL

BELOW: ‘DOUBT’, INSTALLATION VIEW AT PI­REL­LI HAN­GA­RBI­COC­CA, M ILAN, 2 016. C OURTESY O F T HE AR­TI­ST A ND P IRELLI H ANGARBICOCCA, M ILAN. P HOTO: © AT­TI­LIO MARANZANO IN THE FOREGROUND: Y, 2003

GOOFY, 2013 MI­XED M EDIA, LACE AND ACRYLIC ON FOUND OBJECT. PHO­TO: GEOR­GE DARABOS. COURTESY OF FONDAZIONE MUDIMA

DOLLS N.34, RESIN SCULPTURE WI­TH ACRYLIC PAINT, 2007

‘HARMONIC MOTION’, AN INSTALLATION CREA­TED FOR ENEL CON­TEM­PO­RA­NEA 2014 AT MA­CRO, RO­ME. PHO­TO: MAR­CO DE SCAL­ZI LEF T: JEFF KOONS ‘JIM BEAM - J.B. TUR­NER EN­GI­NE’, 1986 STAINLESS STEEL, BOURBON © JEFF KOONS

JEFF KOONS ‘ TI­TI’ 2 0 0 4 -2 0 0 9 MIRRORPOLISHED STAINLESS STEEL WI­TH TRANSPARENT CO­LOR COA­TING © JEFF KOONS

PHOTOSSOUVENIRS: DA­NIEL BU­REN, ‘COMME UN JEU D’ENFANT’, TRAVAUX IN SITU, MAMCS, STRASBOURG, JUIN 2014. DÉTAILS. © DB-ADAGP PA­RIS

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