In parallel with the XXI edition of the Fiera d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea the decadent and fascinating premises of the Albergo Diurno Metropolitano “Venezia”, Milan, designed in the early ‘20s by architect Piero Portaluppi, hosted the exhibition site-specific Innamemorabilamumbum organised by Massimiliano Gioni and Vincenzo De Bellis for the works of the British artist Sarah Lucas. Proposed from 8th to 10th of April 2016, the project was born from the collaboration of Fondazione Nicola Trussardi with miart and FAI.
In a relatively small underground space under Porta Venezia, close to the entrance to the subway, Portaluppi created a public bath in elegant and refined Decò style with facilities for body care and hygiene. A perfect place for the display of the works by Sarah Lucas, whose art is devoted to the human body and its deep-felt desires. The curators have enriched their proposal by inviting the choreographer Michael Clark and the musician Julian Simmons to create an interplay between the artist’s difficult sculptures.
The forms conceived and realized by Lucas, in fact, are bodies or parts of bodies in which repressed functions – hidden or done away with by today’s society – explode and a violent demolishing strength flares up. It is not surprising, then, that Gioni and De Bellis, for an exhibition at a place for body care like Albergo Diurno “Venezia”, have chosen Sarah Lucas’ works which remind us of the fears and desires that lie hidden behind the accepted canons of today’s society.