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View of “Post Zang Tumb Tuuum. Art Life Politics: Italia, 1918–1943,” 2018. Photo: Delfino Sisto Legnani and Marco Cappelletti.

“Post Zang Tumb Tuuum”

Fondazione Prada | Milan

Curator Germano Celant called it “showing the showing.” “Post Zang Tumb Tuuum. Art Life Politics: Italia 1918–1943” was a gigantic show focusing on art exhibitions in interwar Italy. Although this may sound like a hyperspecialized initiative intended exclusively for exhibition-history nerds like me, the organizers succeeded in making it a sexy, widely admired, and massively attended event. To do so, Celant, in collaboration with New York design studio 2x4, employed two main curatorial devices. First, he scaled up original photographs of Venice Biennales, other major shows, and private apartments and artists’ studios from the period, turning these archival images into life-size, three-dimensional environments into which he inserted some of the actual works of art. Visitors could step onto photographic reproductions of original hardwood floors and see actual paintings, sculptures, and

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