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Giovanni Kronenberg, Dato che invecchiare solleva il giudizio dall’impazienza della gioventù (Granted That Aging Brought Forth Good Judgment from the Impatience of Youth) (detail), 2011, whale vertebra, .925 silver, 27 1/2 x 24 3/4 x 13 3/4".

Giovanni Kronenberg

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Giovanni Kronenberg, Dato che invecchiare solleva il giudizio dall’impazienza della gioventù (Granted That Aging Brought Forth Good Judgment from the Impatience of Youth) (detail), 2011, whale vertebra, .925 silver, 27 1/2 x 24 3/4 x 13 3/4".

Giovanni Kronenberg is a collector of marvels. In order of appearance, starting from the gallery entrance, there were three sea sponges, a three-hundred-year-old tree root, and a whale vertebra: five found objects with which the artist transformed the gallery into a Wunderkammer. The sculptural presence of these objects was such that they all seemed man-made, blurring the boundary between natural and artificial realms. Chosen by virtue of their formal and plastic beauty and strangeness, these were finds fit for a cabinet of curiosities. The installation was dimly lit, with spotlights. Each element thus appeared isolated from the others, seductive and enchanting in its arcane solitude, whether situated on the wall as a “relief”or on the floor as a freestanding sculpture.

For all this, however, it is not just a sense of amazement that Kronenberg wants to arouse in his re-presentation

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