Saturday, July 19, 2014

149. ... Modern Art and Bamboo

Rome is not all churches and ancient ruins - there is also a thriving modern art scene in the city, and one of the leading lights is the Museum of Contemporary Art - also known as MACRO.

The Museum is housed in two separate places - at either end of the city. One is a former brewery in the Salario quarter ( a middle class residential area ... ) and the other in a former slaughterhouse in the Tessacio quarter ( an area better known for its more seedy night clubs ... ).

MACRO Salario

An interesting exhibition of " geometric abstraction " from the past 60 years ...
 
Small Block #2 - Erwin Mieczkowski - USA - 1959

Compenetrazione Cromatica - Mario Ballocco - Italy - 1969

Blue Cross with Red - Edna Andrade - USA - 1968

Making Out - Bill Komodore - Greece - 1964

Blue Green Trace - Peter Sedgley - England - 1966
 

PYR 445 - Hans Georg Glattfelder - Switzerland - 1974

Sistema Cromatico - Alejandro Puente - Argentina - 1967

 Carcassonne III - Aurelie Neomours - France - 1972

 Opus 12 - Jorrit Tornquist - Austria - 1964

Escritos de la Memoria - Rogelio Polesello - Argentina 2003

Harmonic Motion - Toshiko Horiuchi Macadam - Japan - 2014

 
another view ...

Made in Water exhibition - Selicia Luci

Then it was a couple of bus rides across town to MACRO Tessacio ...



... a great space - but with a sad past ...


untitled ( part of Biladi Biladi series ... ) - Tsibi Geva - Israel - 1980

untitled ( part of Biladi Biladi series ... ) - Tsibi Geva - Israel - 1980

untitled ( part of Biladi Biladi series ... ) - Tsibi Geva - Israel - 1980

... the stockyards are now used by artists and students 
as creative and leisure spaces ...


then for the star attraction at the Museum ...
towering 33m over the complex 
and seen for miles around the suburb ...

Big Bambu - Mike and Doug Starn - USA - 2014

 

 

 

  
after signing a release form and taking a deep breath
it was into the artwork and upwards ...


bamboo steps and platforms ease their way 
up to the top viewing platform ...

peace messages fluttering in the breeze ...



 
33m up and enjoying the view
I was joined by the two janitors and their brooms ...
not that there was much dust up there ... !!!



 

the structure is held together by colourful nylon cord ...


100 feet is a long way up 
when all you've got underneath you are bamboo poles ... !!!



looking out over the city and a rather scarey impending thunderstorm




   
by this stage a strong wind had started and it was definitely time 
to get down to ground level and take shelter ...



As the storm rolled in there was just time for one last photograph, then it was inside the Museum for half an hour of heavy rain and wind ...