The Istituto Storico di Cultura dell’Arma del Genio in Rome is an impressive work of rationalist architecture and the largest Italian military museum closed to the public by ten years. Inside the museum are preserved models, objects, artefacts and documents of the two World Wars. During 5 years of researchs and inspections, the artist has worked in the space of the museum looking this as a museum of contemporary art, considering those objects as works of art, sculptures and installations.
The work comes from the observation of the models as artificial landscapes, such as the study on the moudeled matter and on the representation of scaled space.
These objects are the result of a craftsmanship and conceptual skill of a mysterious civilization that worshiped the carrier pigeons and taught the blinds to listen the sounds of the planes with giants mechanical ears.
The work is an inventory of photographs, archival images and films documenting a journey inside the Museum.
The video projection becomes a theatrical backdrop set up in the hall of the museum, a large hall covered with travertine that leads to a place of worship, the Sacraio.
Museo del Genio is a reflection on the nature of the war objects, about their use and the civilization that produced them, revealing the remains.
A museum display of the conditions of war, language, and technology.
Alluding to the illusionistic equipment of the ancient Baroque scenography and to the spectacular strategies of the ’900s battles, the video unfolds and wraps around itself and give to the audience a variable view of the museum.
FRANCESCO DI PIERRO