Massimo Bartolini

Magazzino d'Arte Moderna / Frith Street Gallery

Massimo Bartolini recently had three important solo exhibitions—first in Milan, then in Rome, and finally in London (in a two-person show with Wiebke Siem). In Rome his intervention involved what has become his typical way of transforming the exhibition space. The gallery consists of one small room whose dimensions Bartolini further reduced by raising the floor level, as he has often done before. This time, however, the area occupied by the raised floor did not encompass the furniture in the room, which appeared as if abandoned. Moreover, the window and one of the two doors were walled up, and visitors could only gain access to the room one at a time by means of some little steps. For those who have come to expect Bartolini to disturb the perception of space, it was no surprise to realize that the floor was moving beneath the weight of their feet. As it turned out, the false floor, mounted

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