Dialogo Pettena-Arnolfo [Pettena-Arnolfo Dialogue] (1968)
Part of:
  • Gianni Pettena (archive creator)
  • Gianni Pettena (artist)

Dialogo Pettena-Arnolfo [Pettena-Arnolfo Dialogue] (1968)


circa 1968-2015

Level of archival description:
Extent and medium:
  • 17 digital files (69 MB)
    12 photographic materials
    3 drawings (including 2 reprographic copies)
    1 textual document
Scope and content:
This project series documents Diaologo Pettena-Arnolfo, an installation conceived by Pettena in 1968 for the "Premio Masaccio" (the "Masaccio Prize") exhibition in San Giovanni Valdarno. The exhibition was presented at the Palazzo Comunale, attributed to the Renaissance architect Arnolfo di Cambio. The installation closed off all open spaces in the portico of the Palazzo Comunale to create a new exhibition space. The "Premio Masaccio" exhibition was displayed in this new temporary gallery. Pettena "used the color black inside to create an abstract environment for the exhibition works while, on the outside, he drew large, diagonal black and silvers stripes on panels, as a deliberate contrast to the old city monument". [1]

The project series contains a project description in Italian, photographs of the installation seen both from the outside and inside, and a perspective drawing showing the front facade of the Palazzo Comunale.

[1] Marco Scotini, editor. Non-conscious architecture: Gianni Pettena, Sternberg Press, 2018, 235 pages. p. 106.
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Language of material:
  • English
  • Italian

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