Mario Airò/Christian Philipp Müller

For this exhibition both Mario Airò, and Christian Philipp Müller appropriated modes of architecture that speak directly to notions of perfection. While Airò, chose to represent the monastic living quarters of the nearby Certosa di Pavia, located just south of Milan, in the gallery, Müller’s activity was based on this city’s wholesale showrooms, but the two distinctly different installations worked together to create a discourse that quickly moved beyond the obvious dichotomies to attempt to analyze the gallery’s role in conferring both spiritual and monetary value.

Both Airò and Muller manipulated the physical space of the gallery and the titles they gave to their interventions—Unité d’Habitation (Living unit, 1994) and Showroom, 1994, respectively—reflect their underlying involvement with architecture. For Unité d’Habitation, Airò constructed a life-sized replica of the dwellings used by

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