Genoa

Tomás Saraceno

Pinksummer

Something like a gigantic bubble was suspended in the courtyard of the historic Palazzo Ducale. This was the installation that lent its title to Argentina-born, Germany-based artist Tomás Saraceno’s second solo show at the Genoese gallery located inside the fifteenth-century building. Hung from ropes attached to the colonnaded structure, Biosphere MW32, Air-Port-City, 2007, was made of thirty-two PVC pillows, inflated by a compressor and forming an enormous transparent sphere that could be inhabited. With its hollow interior, which one could enter during the opening reception only, it is a self-sufficient structure that recalls the American engineer Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic domes or certain projects by the German architect Frei Otto.

Saraceno turns theory into real objects. His bubbles are usable units that can move through the air, crossing geopolitical boundaries, as illustrated by

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