French artist JR unveiled an imposing work of art Strozzi Palace in Florence last week, mimicking a massive incision in the facade of the Renaissance institution. At a size of 28 x 33 meters, “La Ferita” or “The Wound” is an anamorphic collage that appears to reveal the building’s iconic works of art alongside a stately colonnade in the courtyard, an exhibition hall and a library. The artwork shows different parts of the interior as the viewer changes position and responds to the lack of accessibility to cultural facilities since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The site-specific piece was completed together with a team of eleven in two months and erected 30 centimeters in front of the cuboid facade from the 15th century with a metal structure and 80 panels made of Dibond aluminum. It shows the typical photographic style of JR – similar projects were installed at Williamsburg’s Domino Park, The Louvre, and the US-Mexico border– and, in addition to prominent spaces such as the Istituto Nazionale di, contains a mixture of real and imaginary elements, including black and white renderings of Botticelli’s “Primavera” and “Birth of Venus” as well as Giambologna’s “The Rape of the Sabine Women” Studi sul Rinascimento.
“The Wound” is further superimposed with reference to art history, from the use of the trompe l’oeil technique, which became increasingly popular in the 16th century, to the evocation of ruinism, an 18th century style that created the ancient architecture “as a testimony to a glory” portrayed the past in a dramatic reflection on the fate of mankind, “read a press release, which indicated that Palazzo Strozzi will not keep the piece beyond its original construction.
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