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Prada presents “Art or Sound” exhibition in Venice

Fondazione Prada explores the mutual influence between music and art in a new exhibition at the Venetian palazzo Ca’ Corner della Regina, coinciding with the 14th Architecture Biennale of Venice. The exhibition is titled “Art or Sound” and features more than 180 pieces, among them clocks and carillons, automata and musical machines, paintings and scores, sculptures and readymades, together with decorated, assembled, imaginary and silent musical instruments, all displayed in chronological order across the two main floors of the palazzo. Curated by Germano Celant, “Art or Sound” examines the iconic aspects of musical instruments, the role of the artist-musician and the areas in which the visual arts and music have come together. Giving both the acoustic and visual elements equal prominence, the exhibit begins with the music-themed paintings by Bartolomeo Veneto and Nicola Giolfino, realized between 1520 and 1530, moving on to the 18th-century musical automata, including the birdcage clocks of Swiss craftsman Pierre Jaquet-Droz, and the automatic instruments of the 19th century, among them the pyrophone. Furthermore, it explores the research carried out in the field of synesthesia and covers a wide range of music-related experimentations in art, from the first ever noise concerts of Luigi Russolo to Marcel Duchamp’s exploration of the dimension of silence in art.

The exhibition continues with the original scores from the late 1950’s written by John Cage, as featured in works by George Maciunas and Joe Jones, and the sound boxes of Robert Morris, Nam June Paik and Bruce Nauman. It also features kinetic sculptures by artists like Stephan von Huene and Takis, sound installations by Robert Rauschenberg, pianos by Günther Uecker, Richard Artschwager and Joseph Beuys, as well as a selection of hybrid instruments like the guitars and violins of Ken Butler and the banjos of William T. Wiley. Last, but not least, it features works by Laurie Anderson, Jannis Kounellis, Loris Gréaud and Doug Aitken, as well as more recent pieces by artists like Christian Marclay, Janet Cardiff, Martin Creed, Thomas Demand, Maurizio Cattelan and Rebecca Horn. The exhibition is accompanied by a book that intents to cast a light on the parallels between the research and experimentations in art, sound and music, from the Renaissance to the present day, featuring essays by A-list artists, musicians, composers and historians of art and music.

“Art or Sound” will be on view until November 3, 2014, at the Fondazione Prada, Ca’ Corner della Regina, Venice.