This year’s Fuori Salone featured many installations that interacted with the courtyards of Milan’s ancient palazzi, some in direct dialogue, others unconsciously. All of them, however, led us to a new exploration of these historical spaces, some of which are generally closed to the public, and others which are passed through on a daily basis.
Divided Layers, the installation designed by Daniel Arsham in collaboration with Kohler, the well-known brand of bathrooms and kitchens, stands as an interactive device within the severely paced courtyard of the Senate Palace. A space to be traversed on a walkway bordered on both sides by a mirror of water that reflects and distorts the neoclassical interior colonnade’s score, up to the tunnel formed by seven layers, from which the work takes its name.
“In some ways, the installation is very counter to the architecture that it’s sitting within,” the author affirmed. “It’s a very modern, clean white box that has been excavated out and kind of sliced through these multiple layers.”
Palazzo Clerici, on the other hand, welcomed the interactive installation The Art of Dreams by Australian artist Ruby Barber, created for Porshe. The floral artist enacted a reflection on the interaction between the fragility of the plant world and the futuristic perspective of technology through a project with a dreamlike atmosphere staged in the late baroque main courtyard of the Milanese palace.
The sophisticated interplay between the reflective surfaces covering the walking surface, the rose bushes, the low lights, and the lighting provide a powerful immersive experience.