In 1913, Sonia Delaunay turned a dress into her ‘manifesto’, embodying the message of a fluid, androgynous modernity, where the body is seen as a laboratory for aesthetic and social research.
Building an exhibition consisting of a fabric installation, a series of new films, and a vast sound project, Angioletti and von Brandenburg have reflected on this historical episode – still relevant today as an example of research on the distinctive nature of fabric, and the translations of pure painting into images in motion, voice and space.
Angioletti and von Brandenburg are the protagonists of the main gallery, where together they build an exhibit-exhibition consisting of a fabric installation, a series of new films (von Brandenburg), and a vast sound project (Angioletti).
In 1913, Sonia turned a dress into her manifesto: her first “simultaneous dress” was built through a combination of colours and shapes, and embodied the message of an anti-modern, androgynous modernity, neither masculine nor feminine, fast-moving, and fluid, where the body is seen as a laboratory for aesthetic and social research.
Angioletti and von Brandenburg have been invited to reflect on this historical episode – still relevant today – as an example of research on the distinctive nature of fabric, on the different translations of pure painting into imagines in motion, voice, and space, and on the idea itself of art as an open fieldwhere the body acts and learns through action.
Each with her own expressive language, both artists have been working for years on the border between various disciplines, questioning themselves on the relationships among fabric, poetry, dance, cinema, theatre, and sound as tools of social and psychological investigation, and orchestrating rituals, literature, popular culture, theatre, and poetry into existential installations which are conceived as sets for possible hypotheses.
The exhibition's aim is to reinterpret some chapters of the history of art from a multi-media and non-linear perspective mixing languages and timelines, with a special focus on the protagonists of an irregular modernity.