Where: Museo d’arte contemporanea Villa Croce
When: April 14th – June 18th 2017
Opening April 13th 2017: 6.00pm — 8.00pm

Site-Specific Installation / Staircase of Villa Croce
from a project by Ilaria Bonacossa
assistant curator Ginevra D’oria

In collaboration with Goethe-Institut Genua

Villa Croce presents Waiting in the Wings, the first site-specific installation by Claudia Wieser in an Italian public museum, done in collaboration with Goethe-Institut Genua.
Claudia Wieser has gained international acclaim thanks to a personal stylistic language capable of combining inspirations from the worlds of art, design and architecture. The young German artist has developed a contemporary poetic driven by an indefinite cinematic past, veiled by futuristic and mystical overtones, evoking classical antiquity and the Sumero-Babylonian world.

Her works establish a dialogue with early abstract research and the simplification of forms of early modernism; referencing masters like Gustav Klimt or Paul Klee, she transforms drawing into a tool capable of investigating an ideal spiritual world. The conceptual research of the Bauhaus is important for Claudia Wieser’s approach, with its accent on exploration of the relationship between architectural structure and its decorations.
Claudia Wieser challenges the rigid separation between “ fine” and “applied” arts through a combination of materials and techniques, using art media but also materials like wallpaper, ceramic, wood, fabrics, mirrors, photographs and gold leaf.

Starting with her interest in architecture seen as a 360° experience of space, the artist develops her site-specific installations by drawing on stimuli from great architects like Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright, Mallet-Stevens, or from the works of expressionist architecture and the utopian projects of the last century. The short circuit between the depth of the structures represented and the flatness of digital printing gives rise to amazing wallpapers that reproduce architectural features almost in actual size, such as staircases or columns, transforming the host space into a set. As in a theater, the elements combine to modify the perceptions of the viewer, creating the sensation of being in another place, a dreamy and spiritual setting.

In the wallpaper made for the staircase of Villa Croce, Claudia Wieser makes use of images of historic masterpieces, taken from old photographs, combining them with her drawings and sculptures. The inspiration for this project is a BBC television series from the 1970s entitled “I, Claudius” which narrated the events of the Roman Empire in the years of passage from the reign of Augustus to the death of Claudius. Still considered an outstanding television production today, the series surprises us with the way a very theatrical representation of nearly a century of ancient history, marked by a Seventies aesthetic, manages to fascinate and engage its audience. This evocative representation of a reinvention of the classical world permits the artist to develop a series of images that address contemporary politics, in spite of their anachronism.

The title of the exhibition Waiting in the Wings suggests the intention of the work to transform the space while remaining behind the scenes. This wallpaper seduces us, creating a layered set in which we seem to have access to different worlds, alternating noble staircases, antique vases that become columns, disquieting profiles of Roman heroes. These elements leave a glimpse, in the background, of two giant eyes of a mysterious contemporary woman – a modern dea ex machina – who gazes at the spectator or, more precisely, observes the stage where the action is taking place, of which the spectator has become a part, incorporated in this meta-space that transforms the staircase of the villa into a work of art. In the imaginative poetics of the artist these judging eyes become an intrusion in public space, an obsessive detail that scrutinizes viewers, making them become puppets in a plot whose outcome is unknown.

On the occasion of the show, Wednesday April 12th at 4:00pm at the museum, there will be a talk held by Cludia Wieser for the students of the Accademia Ligustica di Belle Arti of Genoa during the Open Week of the academy.

The show was organized thanks to the collaboration with Goethe-Institut Genua and the support of Studio SALES di Norberto Ruggeri, Rome.

Claudia Wieser was born in Freilassing, Germany, in 1973. From 1993 to 1997 she was apprenticed to a blacksmith. In 1997 she began her studies in the art field at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Munich, with Axel Kasseböhmer and Markus Oehlen. She has held numerous solo and group exhibitions, in Germany and abroad, that include among the most recent: Fondazione Memmo, Rome (2017); Kunstverein Reutlingen (2014); Petit Palais in Paris, Galerien der Stadt Esslingen, Drawing Room in London, Signal Center for Contemporary Art in Malmö (2013); KIOSK, Ghent (2012); Kunsthalle Nürnberg (2012); Georg Kolbe Museum in Berlin, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart (2011); Drawing Center, New York (2010); Museé d’Art Contemporain de Bordeaux and Institut Français de Berlin (2010); Oldenburger Kunstverein (2009); Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis, Kunsthaus Baselland in Muttenz/Basilea and Kunstverein Wolfsburg (2008); Kunstbau München (2007, 2005); Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich (2002). The artist currently lives and works in Berlin.

gio-ven 12:00-19:00
sab-dom 10:00-20:00
16.04.2017 chiude alle 17:00
17.04.2017 chiuso
25.04.2017 aperto