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The charm of the unrealised
Writing about unrealised artworks has its own charm. First of all, we talk about these projects only virtually, we don't have a finished object and we know that an artist while in the process of making has got the time to think and follow day by day the formation of the artwork, with the possibility of changing some details when he believes it is better to modify something. Then we will never be able to see a finished object, which remains present only in the mind of the artist, but only sketches prepared for the presentation of the project. Sometimes these changes are not just the result of artistic desires, but are also related to the needs of the client and to the feasibility of the project, which is verified in progress and depends on economic or logistical reasons.
In our case the artists invited for this exhibition have given us different reasons to justify the non-realisation of their projects and these reasons help us to understand the different ways and why an artwork is – or is not – realized.
But let's look at these cases one by one and try to offer a reflection on making art.
Mark Dion presents a pharaonic project, which reminds us of Giovanni Segantini's unrealized one for the Exposition Universelle of 1889 in Paris. A pavilion designed for the centenary of a park, that should have contained various cultural institutions that represent its activities. In this case the project had not accepted by the judging commission and its memory remains thanks to a series of drawings and an articulated text, which tells us the reasons and merits of this idea, unfortunately still only on paper.
Maria Eichhorn does not tell us if her project started from the request of a client or if it is simply the result of her work in the studio. She simply proposes us an architectural project of some degree of consistency that has not been realized for unknown reasons. Probably the panoramic tower has never found the right occasion to be proposed, or maybe the artist, considering that the financial commitment for its realization would have been conspicuous, has decided to postpone it, while distracted by the necessity to finish other already confirmed artworks.
For Till Krause the situation is slightly different. He declares that he designed his project independently and then submitted it to a jury that did not accept it. It is of particular interest that Till then adds in his report that the project has not been realized also because "I didn’t try hard enough". This is an interesting statement because it shows us the sincere awareness of his own responsibility, an attitude that is not so common in general among humans and most of all in the spirit of the artist.
Daniel Maier-Reimer, following his methodology, proposes a journey across the sea, but the MMCA (National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art) rejected his proposal. In this case the artist, following the iconoclastic modalities he adopts for the presentation of his artworks, does not present us with drawings, itineraries, maps and images, so that everything remains in the mind of the creator and we just have less than half a dozen written lines that allow us to imagine it. Here the artist keeps everything for himself and leaves us alone with the possibility of fantasizing about what he would have seen and what he would have brought us as a result of his work.
Veit Stratmann proposes a work that he says has been "designed not to be realized". Here is an unusual statement; but this abnormality makes us think about the themes put forward by the author: safety, control, ecology and good conscience. All these arguments concern us and according to the ideology we follow can produce very different and sometimes opposite reactions. Here is the impossibilty of putting the work into practice, which with its absence reveals this idiosyncrasy of the terms, which according to an ideological interpretation manifests the vulnerability of the thought.
Cesare Viel presents a project that has evaporated during its own development for economic reasons and above all because when it was initially designed no specific client had been identified. Two airplanes that, while flying, show us two sentences (a usual practice for the artist) that make us reflect on our state and on what surrounds us. A reflection that makes us understand how in the moment of the elaboration of an idea everything is volatile and its realization depends on our will, but also on the opportunities that are offered us.
These materials are witness of a very important way of doing for an artist: designing the artwork beyond its realization. It is not entirely important that the artwork has been realized, the important thing is to imagine it and to sediment it with a project, because this is the daily exercise that an artist has to carry out so that he can set in motion his own practice, useful for the realization of finished artworks.
MoRE has the merit of collecting materials that would have remained inside a drawer and that would have never been known, excluding a personal attendance at the artist studio, but mainly it has the important function of making the artist’s working procedures well-known to a wider public, presenting objects that would never have been known, beyond the notoriety that an artist could achieve.
Here is the fascination that we started with: the possibility of accessing the most unknown design places inside the mind of an artist who, with notes, sketches and drawings testifies to his artistic progress.
Berlin, March 23rd 2019
Proposals, dreams and utopias from Zagreb. A selection of unrealized and refused art projects by MoRE Museum
The exhibition, both online and at the MSU in Zagreb (November 9-December 8 2018) was conceived starting from the residency held last spring, when the curators of MoRE a Museum of refused and unrealized art project - were invited by the MSU to explore the city contemporary art scene.
During the residency, many unrealized projects, from the 1950's to the present day were discovered in the archives and the artists’ studios.
During the residency, many unrealized projects from the 1950s to the present day were discovered in the archives and artists’ studios. Thanks to the interactivity of the physical and digital exhibitions, it will be possible to discover works like Total Portrait of the City of Zagreb (1979) by Tomislav Gotovac (Sombor 1937 - Zagreb 2010), a draft of a documentary screenplay about the city of Zagreb, The lost pavillion, an unbuilt pavillion by David Maljković (Rijeka, 1973) for the city of Lyon, and a proposal by Petar Dabac (Zagreb, 1942) for an unbuilt museum in Zagreb dedicated to photography (Muzej za fotografiju - Museum of Photography 1986). There will also be several conceptual projects by Vlado Martek (Zagreb, 1951) which stand halfway between linguistic and visual research, such as Ambivalentna tautologija (2013-2014) and Ništa (2015), two unrealized videos - The Moons (2011), in which the artist intended to document the existence of a second moon, and The Room (2009), a stop-motion video on a spritualist séance by Marko Tadić (Sisak, 1979) and Lithopuncture (2004), a project for a series of urban sculptures by Marko Pogačnik. The last was part of "Urban Intervention", a project organised by the Sirius Centre and promoted by the MSU, partially conserved in Lake Jarun Park in Zagreb, while some elements in the city centre were removed or relocated several years later.
Two well-known historical projects are also exhibited: the Yugoslavian Pavilion designed but not realized for the Paris Exposition in 1950, the result of a collective design process by Ivan Picelj (Okučani, 1924 - Zagreb, 2011), Zvonimir Radić (Zagreb 1921 - 1985), Vjenceslav Richter (Drenova, 1917 - Zagreb, 2002) and Aleksandar Srnec (Zagreb, 1924 - 2010) and Synthurbanism, Richter's visionary project of the '50s and '60s.
The desire to create a small virtual exhibition of unrealised pictorial projects stems from the need to analyse the pictorial medium within the contemporary artistic production. Five years ago we started the MoRE Museum project and in this time we have collected about one hundred unfinished works, all designed to be performances, installations, videos and sculptures. After years of work, my research as a curator at MoRE wants to address the art of painting, with the aim of understanding (through various acquisitions structured into several outputs) how the artistic discipline par excellence is "designed" - if I am allowed to use this term - and how, in some cases, it fails to become a reality.
This exhibition presents four unrealised projects by Liliana Moro, conceived between 2002 and 2009 for several public art competitions and commission in Italy.
Here they are presented in chronological order: In bocca al lupo (2002); Testa di Pinocchio (2003); Viene e va (2005); Preferisco il rumore del mare, Concorso di progettazione Piazza Verdi - La Spezia (2009).
This exhibition presents four unrealised projects by Luca Vitone, conceived between 2002 and 2010 for several public art competitions, three in Italy and one in Germany. Here they are presented in chronological order: Una tigre per Torino, project for the competition Premio ArteGiovane - Torino incontra l’arte. Una porta per Torino, 2002; Design competition for Piazza Verdi – La Spezia with Frank Boehm, 2009; Concorso per la progettazione di un monumento dedicato ai disertori del nazismo, Cologne, 2009; Foglie al vento, project for the competition Arte per piazza Matteotti - Imola (Bo), 2010.
A show that exists but isn't there
In the term "unrealized" there is a space between the particle ‘un-’ and the verb: the projects that are donated to MoRE, which aims to archive, guard, disseminate and possibly relaunch said works, fall into a place of suspension, between surrender and waiting. Regardless of the cause, an unconcluded project lives in a undetermined condition: it exists but isn’t really there.
We tend to give a negative connotation to all that remains unfinished, unfulfilled, not built (even not said), because it reminds us of a loss in terms of opportunity, energy, of an object, an intangible asset, the loss of a value. A loss - a term used in physics, geography and technology, in medicine, in economics and the military - doesn’t necessarily entail a disaster, although it is very close to one. During the 80s, when Vito Acconci started to focus his attention on environmental and architectural projects, reaching extreme limits in his research on body and space, his ultimate goal was never its fulfilment. "I don’t even know if I can say that our goal was to build projects. If that was our goal, then we’ve clearly failed". In planning and the “unbuildable”, Acconci sees the possibility to re-examine not the past but the 'things that have yet to come'. It is as if, without the pressure to be successful at all costs, the energy invested in an unrealized project flows towards different directions leading to new ideas and outcomes.
Two artists I had invited to donate a project refused to do so. Their motives can be summarized as follows: not all projects contain a medium to high risk margin and the artist's tenacity is crucial; The artist ends up with a work and inferior ideas die in the process.
The strength of Vladimir Tatlin's Monument at the Third International (1920), lies in its being more than its actual existence, in the insights that the project contained - first and foremost that art should be informative - and in general in the Constructivist considerations on sculpture during the 60s (Carl Andre, Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, Sol LeWitt), the architecture, the city (especially in the 80s), and finally the communication between members of the international community. We must therefore continue to regard unrealized projects as bearers of aesthetic values, as editable, able to be rethought and versatile. And especially in this day and age, shareable.
The Aeromodeller (1969-1971) conceived by Panamarenko was never launched: when on June 6 1971, the artist and a group of assistants began to fill the balloon with hydrogen gas, the goal was to fly the airship from the fields outside of Antwerp. The danger of an explosion from the highly inflammable gases was aggravated by the blustering wind and by the balloon's constant flipping broadside into the gale due to certain navigational limitations of the design. Fearing a full-on disaster, Panamarenko with a pair of scissors slashed into the balloon to release the dangerous gases. In this last example, the risk of not succeeding is very much part of the project and the non-operational nature of the artist's flight device can be read as part of its intended beauty.
In March 1991 the collector and publisher Francesco Conz, in collaboration with the Muzej Suvremene Umjetnosti - MSU of Zagreb, invited a few artists who had been part of Gorgona, the Croatian Croatian avant-garde group active between 1959 and 1961, to an artistic residency at the castle of Brunnenburg in Merano, Italy.
During their residency, the five artists created thirteen works of art as well as fifteen hand-made copies of each work. All of which were created on the same size of paper (30x42 cm), as used by the artists who participated in the residencies for La Livre edition.
However, contrary to their initial intentions, the group distanced itself from Ezra Pound because of the possible political implications conveyed by his figure. Neither La Livre nor any single issue that should have included the works created by the artists of Gorgona during their residency were ever completed and therefore published.
Seven Artists for AGEOP (Association for the assistance and the reception of children affected by cancer and leukemia)
The project involves seven artists who were invited in 2004 by curator and art historian Roberto Daolio (1948-2013) to realize a series of art works to be placed on the top floor of the new Department of Pediatric Oncology in Sant’Orsola Hospital in Bologna, in collaboration with the Association AGEOP (Association for the assistance and the reception of children affected by cancer and leukemia).
The invited artist were Silvia Cini, Emilio Fantin, Claudia Losi, Eva Marisaldi, Sabrina Mezzaqui, Sabrina Torelli and Marco Vaglieri.
The project will never be completed, however it was presented in an exhibition, SPA SALUS per ARTE at the Open Space for Arts of the GAM in Bologna (16th June to 5th September 2004) and published in a catalogue.