PROJECT ROOM #16 - Vibeke Mascini. Rendezvous

Vibeke Mascini, Rendezvous, 2022, detail from research and process. Courtesy the artist


Dal 27 Settembre 2022 al 18 Dicembre 2022


Luogo: Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro

Indirizzo: Via Vigevano 9

Orari: Monday, closed Tuesday , 11 - 13 / 14 - 18 Wednesday , 11 - 13 / 14 - 19:30 Thursday , 11 - 13 / 14 - 18 Friday , 11 - 13 / 14 - 18 Saturday , closed Sunday 9 and 23 October, 6 and 20 November, 4 and 18 December , 11 - 13 / 14 - 18 (last entrance 30 minutes before closing)

Curatori: Chiara Pirozzi e Alessandra Troncone

Costo del biglietto: free entrance

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Opening on 27 September 2022, the Arnaldo Pomodoro Foundation presents Rendezvous by Vibeke Mascini, the second event in the Project Rooms annual exhibition cycle, the Foundation’s “observatory” project dedicated to the most recent developments in the international arts scene, entrusted in 2022 to the curators Chiara Pirozzi and Alessandra Troncone.
In Rendezvous, a new project by Vibeke Mascini (The Hague, 1989) conceived specifically for the spaces of the Foundation, the Dutch artist brings her artistic research into dialogue with features and suggestions of the artistic practice of Arnaldo Pomodoro and documents in his archive.
Interested in the possibilities of transforming materials through the alternative, self-generated use of electricity – understood as a natural property or product of industrial processes – Mascini creates complex multimedia installations, often in collaboration with scholars in other disciplines, playing on the equilibrium of specular concepts such as life-death, positive-negative, action-stasis.
This interest piqued her curiosity for the way Arnaldo Pomodoro uses cuttlebone in the creation of jewellery and small sculptures as a carving media in which the negative form of the object remains impressed.
Rendezvous reflects on the concept of footprints, which Mascini intends as a crystallized physical sign of dynamic time.
Expanding her quest into the field of natural sciences, the artist has initiated close collaboration with MUSE – Museo delle Scienze di Trento, which has created a series of 3D scans of portions of dinosaur footprints from the Lavini di Marco paleontological site (Rovereto), where there is an evident crossing of paths among different animal species living hundreds of years apart.  
Using these scans, Mascini replicated the footprints for the Foundation’s Project Room space and filled them with water, which ripples with the passing of visitors thanks to the action of a carbon dioxide sensor.
Rendezvous thus relates and manifests a stratification of signs laden with new meaning, transforming past, static time into present, dynamic time via the surprise generated by a new and unexpected encounter.
With this edition of the Project Rooms, the Arnaldo Pomodoro Foundation initiates a new cycle for the project, seeking to highlight the harmony between the themes and research interests of the new generations and those of Arnaldo Pomodoro, object of the Open Studio exhibitions in the artist’s studio.
The theme chosen by the Foundation staff and guest curators as a comprehensive interpretive key of the Project Rooms and the Open Studio 2022 is that of the origin, to be grasped in its multiple expressive, content, and material values.
direct connection is thus created between the activities of historical investigation and development of the contemporary artistic panorama, not so much in the name of a dynamic of specific or hindsighted reinterpretation, but rather an identification of an intergenerational affinity that makes it possible to look at both the past and future of art with new eyes.

Vibeke Mascini studied at the Design Academy in Eindhoven and received her BFA at the Gerrit RietveldAcademy in Amsterdam. She was artist-in-residency at Delfina Foundation in London, RijksmuseumBoerhaave in Leiden, Fondazione Ratti in Como, Alps Art Academy in Tenna, Studio Galeria FKSE inBudapest, amongst others. She is currently a resident at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam.Her publications include:The Dent of Walter Umenhofer(2015),Cloud Inverse(2017) andSilent WhaleLetters(forthcoming, in collaboration with Ella Finer). She teaches sculpture at the Fine Arts Department ofthe Royal Academy of Art (KABK) in The Hague and she is a member of the ‘Design & The Deep FutureResearch Group’, chaired by Alice Twemlow.Her works are included in international collections, among which MoMA Library, New York (US);Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris (FR); Academisch Medisch Centrum, Amsterdam (NL); ColumbiaUniversity Library, New York (US); Metropolitan Museum of Art Library, New York (US); KoninklijkeBibliotheek, The Hague (NL); Getty Research Centre, Los Angeles (US); New York Public Library (US); TheAthenaeum Music & Arts Library, La Jolla (US).

Opening 27 September 2022, h 6 pm