The new arrangement of the Museum of Costume and Fashion – presented here digitally – was sparked by the desire to try out a combination of itineraries, highlighting the common critical elements shared by various artistic languages.
This non-chronological presentation was part of a bid to foster a different vision of the works, an experiment in interpretation that encourages the public to participate even only based on their interest in the online presentation, an initial, extremely brief analysis that should lead to further causes for interpretation and subsequent in-depth considerations.
Indeed, the itinerary and the elements it hosts have been positioned in such a way as to reintroduce the visitor to these harmonies of different languages composed of style, beauty but also the contrast with the previous cultural experiences.
The works were selected according to the correspondence of the forms and decorative elements of the garments themselves and of the latter with the paintings and sculptures, almost for fun, as if we had created containers, each one corresponding to an individual section where to add similar images from the formal and sometimes conceptual point of view.
All the protagonists of the event (clothes, accessories, paintings and sculptures) dialogue with one another and with their own images, reflected in the mirrors which characterise the arrangement, in the ‘real’ exhibition on view at the Museum of Costume and Fashion starting from 19 December 2017, in an atmosphere that enthrals visitors, engaging them in this game of forms and colours.
This itinerary had already been ‘traced’ in the previous selections, when the Gallery of Modern Art offered paintings and sculptures which were displayed as silent presences, to such a degree that only a particularly expert gaze was capable of perceiving their relationship with clothes and accessories, as well as their mere function of elements used to furnish the space. This time, all the works exhibited play the same leading role.
Moreover, the word ‘trace’ in its many different meanings already has a root whose etymon should lead us, in parallel, to pursue elements that appear similar but are different, and which are generated and develop in the same historical and cultural climate. The kind of traces that can be identified in different forms of language and which are capable of generating amazement for their nearly on target suggestions and creative analogies.
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