Fondazione Merz



Meteorite in Giardino 13_Siamo fatti della stessa sostanza dei sogni*

23 June – 28 September 2021 | opening 23 June from 4  to 8 pm


artists: Basim Magdy, Silvia Maglioni & Graeme Thomson, Nina Carini 


curated by Maria Centonze and Agata Polizzi


Nina Carini’s work is active from 11.00 am to 01.00 pm and from 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm

Fondazione Merz presents the thirteenth edition of Meteorite in Giardino (‘Meteorite in the Garden’), a historic summer art exhibition named after a work by Mario Merz from 1976. Curated by Maria Centonze and Agata Polizzi, and entitled Siamo fatti della stessa sostanza dei sogni (‘We are such stuff as dreams are made on’), it is once again proposed as a moment of mediation between present and future, between the limits that divide our sense of belonging to the material and the profound need to explore, contemplate and construct through art a dreamlike and liberating vision.

The artists invited for this new edition are Basim Magdy, Silvia Maglioni & Graeme Thomson and Nina Carini who are presenting the following works:

M.A.G.N.E.T by Basim Magdy, a video that begins with a balloon floating in the sky above Manhattan, continues with a journey to the centre of the earth and ends with an apocalyptic vision involving the entire city: a poetic progression that through dreamlike images recounts a world heading towards a radical transformation.

Silvia Maglioni & Graeme Thomson present LIKE LICHENS LISTEN, a video work and installation of words that transport the visitor into the forest, to witness the life of the trees and listen to the sounds of nature.

Nina Carini offers the installation called The indeterminacy of an encounter, uniting heaven and earth in a pool of water in which unpredictable and deep sound vibrations come from a mysterious elsewhere. Light, sound and matter mix, fluid and iridescent, and together they become microcosms in which to live.

In the vision of the curators, what unites the works is the relationship between the action of the artist and the dream. As in Shakespeare’s Tempest, from which the title of this edition is taken, the exhibition proposes that the visitor be a guest on a marvellous island full of pitfalls, continuous tests of our ability to stay in the world, living its daily adventure, whose centre is the perfect representation of the mystery of existence.

The artist’s action amplifies the visionary dimension that belongs to us, suggests possible scenarios and takes us back into the dream. As in Shakespeare’s work all the natural elements and all the myths are contained; there is the past and the future, there is humanity at the mercy of the unpredictable, there is the audacity and the awareness of being the creator of oneself.