For its first collaboration with MUSE, the Science Museum of Trento, Berengo Studio and Fondazione Berengo are delighted to present the exhibition “Anima Mundi – The Carousel of Life.”
Set within the Renaissance Palazzo Delle Albere (Villa of the Trees) the show features a series of carousels that aim to depict the “Soul of the World.” Each structure has been interpreted by a different contemporary artist, each bringing their own creative spin to the project. “In the carousels, opposites revolve and chase each other in an eternal spinning kaleidoscope, driven by the Anima Mundi, the world soul,” says Stefano Zecchi, President of MUSE. Curator Beatrice Mosca describes it as “an exhibition between art and life.” The immersive group show takes visitors through sounds, lights, and dramatic installations, exploring light and darkness, angels and demons, origin and becoming, life and death, and flying and roaming animals.
The three artists chosen for the project are the Belgian artist Koen Vanmechelen, Polish artist Marta Kolonowska and the Dutch-Croatian-Indonesian designer Sebastian Brajkovic.
Vanmechelen’s work has been preoccupied with the interaction between science and art for years. On learning about the central theme of the carousels the artist observed that the architecture of the structure is one of “evolution in motion,” and evolution is one of the central conceits of his artistic practice which he explores through two carousels: the Carousel of Life and the Carousel of Biodiversity. Marta Kolonowska’s inventive sculptures also take their central inspiration from the natural world, and her large-scale animals felt like a perfect fit for the museum. Her subjects are taken from the paintings of great masters, in which pets are presented side by side with the protagonists, acting almost like prestigious objects that are exhibited as synonyms for wealth and power. Through her artworks Kolonowska releases these domesticated animals from their human trappings and sets them centre stage once more. To construct the sculptures, she starts with a metal skeleton that is then carefully covered with sharp shards of coloured glass, meaning her works also draw attention to the ways in which glass can be used as a creative medium in unexpected and untraditional ways.
Head to Trento to uncover the creative inventions of the artists within the exhibition. The show will run from the 13th of July till the 29th of October 2023 and also marks the museum’s 10th anniversary!
ANIMA MUNDI – The Carousel of Life
📌Palazzo delle Albere, MUSE- Trento Science Museum
🗓13 July—24 Sept 2023
⏰Tuesday – Friday 10am – 6pm | Saturday, Sunday, 10am to 7pm | Closed on Monday
For more information and to book tickets please head to the MUSE website via the link here.