Bertrand Lavier’s Giulietta

CERTAIN WORKS OF ART make their mark in history by breaking the thread of a tradition; others, perhaps more rare, endure because they are able to knot together numerous threads. Giulietta, 1993, belongs to the second category.

So who is Giulietta? And how does she present herself? In answer to the first question, suffice it to say, for now, that Giulietta is an Italian sports car produced by Alfa Romeo. As to the second question, we will also content ourselves with an abbreviated response: Giulietta presents herself in a rather bad light. Although placed on a white pedestal, like some precious object of contemplation, she is only, in fact, a wreck, bearing the spectacular scars of an accident: shattered windshield and windows, dented fender, smashed body and doors, crushed bumpers, blinded headlights. In short, Giulietta is not quite a pile of scrap metal, she is still recognizable as a

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