Vestirsi Di Siede [Wearable Chairs] (1971)
Part of:
  • Gianni Pettena (archive creator)
  • Gianni Pettena (artist)

Vestirsi Di Siede [Wearable Chairs] (1971)



Level of archival description:
Extent and medium:
  • 49 photographic materials
    41 digital files (785 MB)
    10 textual documents
    5 drawings (including 1 reprographic copy)
Scope and content:
This project series documents Pettena's performance "Vestirsi Di Siede", also know in English as "Wearable Chairs". The performance was carried out between 3 pm and 5 pm on February 12, 1971, in the streets of Minneapolis by ten students of Pettena at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. The students, each wearing a portable chair harnessed on their back, wandered around the city, either by foot or by bus, and than returned to the college. "In this performance, it was the body that activated and gave meaning to the object: the chair only taking on meaning when carried, otherwise, it became disjointed." [1] The chairs were then put on display at the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

A second edition of the performance was also carried out with the students from Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti (NABA) in Milan, 2011, and an installation of the chairs was presented at the exhibition "Un art pauvre" at the Centre Pompidou in 2016.

The project series contains photographs of the performance by the students of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and photographs of the exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Art in 1971. It also contains three sketches for the chairs, a drawing of the performance and a statement about the perfomance. The project series also includes photographs of the performance of the NABA students in 2011.

[1] FRAC Centre-Val de Loire, http://www.frac-centre.fr/_en/art-and-architecture-collection/pettena-gianni/wearable-chairs-verstirsi-siede-317.html?authID=148&ensembleID=1286 (last accessed 11 November 2019)
Reference number:



Minneapolis Minnesota United States

Language of material:
  • English
  • Italian

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