Italo Rota is not the typical academic thinker, he is director of the Kuwait Pavilion (for which he designed the building and the story), of the Wine Pavilion within the Italian Pavilion and (together with Germano Celant) of the Arts & Foods Exhibition at the Triennale.
Three macro installations, this is how he describes them, to ‘assign’ a strong message to visitors: “Beware, what you see is not just everybody around a table … Let us learn to look at ourselves and discover our relationships with food and nutrition issues. How are we contributing to this theme?”.
The search for constructive exchange is especially oriented to children who, at a certain point of the exhibition paths, are invited to leave the adults and follow some proposals specifically conceived for them: “Because we should remember that the future is especially in their hands!”.
In the Kuwait Pavilion “a mountain of cement and steel that can be disassembled” there is a dense relationship with the landscape, linked to the symbolic element of a front made of sails (homage to local dhow, a typical vessel used to carry spices and food) and to the history of this Country. In the inner rooms: the theme of the preciousness of water and of lifecycles models and the ‘heart’ of the big hydroponic farm.
The Wine Pavillion is a different place, which offers a physical, sensory and cultural experience connected to Italian wine (1840 selected types). “We have worked by contrast, with recycled materials, using the fresco technique, mixing old and new, contemporary world and archaeology”.
In Triennale, Art & Foods, where the tables of a farmer, of a king, of D’Annunzio and of the astronauts are staged, with the participation, in a tight and stimulating story, of more than nine thousand objects and precious works of art, related to the rooms conceived by Muzio, rediscovered from an architectural viewpoint, without distinctions of rank and economic value.
“A work by Monet near Galbani products from the 1950s? That’s fine, as long as we give objects and the relationships between them the task to stir some debate around the theme of nutrition”. Up to Kitchens and Invaders, a curious side exhibition. (Antonella Boisi)