GIANNI PETTENA Natural architecture
Duration: 22 July - 24 September 2017
Artist: Gianni Pettena
Curator: Christiane Rekade
Merano Arte will host two exhibitions: The American artist Helen Mirra (born 1970 in Rochester, New York, lives in northern California) and Gianni Pettena (born 1940 in Bolzano, lives in Florence).
Gianni Pettena is co-founder and one of the most important representatives of the„radical Architecture“ of the seventies. Influenced by Conceptual Art and Land Art he develops his installations, photos, drawings and projects while watching nature and landscape and in his works quite often there are no borders between architecture and art.
Although Gianni Pettena left Bolzano as a young adult, South Tyrol’s landscape is fundamental for his artistic work and his comprehension of architecture. This exhibition shows us this constant relationship with the landscape of his native place.
Pettena is convinced that architecture is already present in nature and the human body and this conviction we can notice in his works. So he titles one of his fundamental photos series: About non-conscious architecture (1972/1973). It is a collection of black and white photos, which Pettena made during his stay in the United States. They describe Pettena’s engagement with natural materials and forms.
Within the exhibition in Meran the series creates a dialogue between the two important cultural landscapes, where Gianni Pettena lived.