About This Project
Young at Heart
For the Bauhaus 100thanniversary, Serena Confalonieri presents an installation inspired by two important, though less well known, disciplines developed in the German school.
The first refers to the dance, in particular to the Triadisches Ballet (Triadic Ballet) invented and developed by Oskar Schlemmer in the 1920s, a three-part work punctuated by three colors (yellow, pink and black) and defined by three geometric shapes (circle, triangle and square). The volumes of the costumes stand out, inspired by the shapes of the Bauhaus and deliberately very bulky, so as to limit the movements of the dancers themselves and create a new style, characterized by a formal elegance even in the movements.
Arabesque is a collection of vases in borosilicate glass that takes its name from one of the most famous figures of the ballet, in which one leg is ‘en air’ backwards and the arms are stretched in opposite directions: a geometrically clean position, reproducible with a few lines. The shapes of these vases refer to the costumes of the Triadic Ballet, in its volumes and colors.
The exhibition also refers to a second discipline: textile design. Some important female figures such as Anni Albers and Gunta Stölzl have been its exponents in the Bauhaus. A large tapestry called Alma(from the name of another important Bauhaus female artist Alma Siedhoff-Buscher), designed by Serena Confalonieri, and made with aluminum chains, dominates the space and, taking advantage of the architecture of the location itself, simulates a large loom. The graphic of this artefact is inspired by the work of the two German textile designers.
In collaboration with: Kriska Décor and Besana Moquette
ph. Andrea Agrati