Pescara, Italy

Daniele Puppi

Vistamare

Daniele Puppi’s most recent exhibition in Italy was entitled “Zero” because it was intended to mark a turning point in the artist’s work, a kind of new degree zero. Real space has always been Puppi’s point of departure, but this time there were no more video installations, no more images—only the space of Vistamare’s ten rooms, which occupy an entire floor of a building in the center of Pescara.

Here, viewers found themselves face-to-face with the gallery itself, illuminated solely by the daylight that filtered in through the windows—at night a weak light was added—making it possible to see without difficulty. But a mechanism connected to the doors and windows made them slam shut violently on their hinges according to a pre-established rhythm. At first one felt disoriented in these spaces, seemingly inhabited by ghosts; it was difficult to move from one room to another as the doors alternately

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