Exhibition: Piranesi and the Modern Age

Piranesi and the Modern Age takes as a point of departure the prints of the Italian printmaker, architect and designer Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720–1778). The exhibition results from  an OCCAS elective course that investigated the works not of Piranesi himself but of a modern age influenced by him, counting genres and movements in literature film, photography, art and architecture. In fact, the idea of the modern as such is partly formed through constant reinterpretations of Piranesi’s visionary images. In the process of the last century’s rediscovery of Piranesi, publications such as Carceri (1750/61) and Campo Marzio (1762) appeared cutting-edge, even avant-garde, placing the Venetian etcher more firmly in a twentieth-century development than in an eighteenth-century one.
The experimentation and sense of discovery manifested in the dozen projects in the exhibition, demonstrate the extent to which Piranesi’s work even today generate new thinking about surface and depth, light and shadow, ground and figure, fragmentation and wholeness, figuration and abstraction. Each of the projects firmly shows that the contradictions and ambiguities inherent in Piranesi’s oeuvre continue to inspire and challenge even 300 years after his birth. 

Dato: 27 november, 2017 - 08 desember, 2017
Tid: 12:00 - 16:00

Sted: AHO galleri
Adresse: AHO, Maridalsveien 29

Kontakt: Victor Plahte Tschudi