25 四月, 2014OFFICINE PANERAI WITH NACHO CARBONELL AT SPAZIO ROSSANA ORLANDI FOR THE EUROPEAN PREMIERE OF "PANTA REI"
MILAN - During Fuorisalone 2014 (8-13 April 2014), Officine Panerai, the Florentine high watchmaking maison known worldwide for its unique blend of Italian design and Swiss technology, is partner of the European presentation of PANTA REI, the latest work of art by Spanish artist Nacho Carbonell. The art piece will be showcased at Spazio Rossana Orlandi in Milan, at via Matteo Bandello 14/16. The unprecedented partnership will mark the week celebrating Milan as the world capital of design, and will extend to the Panerai Boutique of Via Montenapoleone 1, where another representation of time by the Spanish artist will be exhibited in one of the windows. Officine Panerai's collaboration with Nacho Carbonell opens a new chapter symbolising the high watchmaking maison's significant interest in time representation and interpretation by prominent international designers and artists, such as Patricia Urquiola, Damien Hirst and Felice Limosani. For PANTA REI, the artist, inspired by Italo Calvino's masterpiece "Invisible cities," has created a metaphysical, almost lunar landscape safely kept inside a glass case, as a stylised village hiding an archaic and obscure mechanism. At regular intervals, a shot is fired against each of the 12 blocks corresponding to the months of the year, made of glass and water and inspired by geological sections. Because of the constant shots, the blocks start deteriorating, changing colour and transforming. With this work, Nacho Carbonell wishes to present his personal reading of time, an abstract concept par excellence which, in his hands, becomes tangible and creates astonishment. Time manifests itself and keeps evolving, breaking off from standard measurements to take on a different meaning. Before our eyes, the process embodied by PANTA REI is a metaphor and a functional object at the same time, as an unparalleled abstract calendar.
PANTA REI: Size - 88x210x140cm
Materials: concrete, resin, blown glass, chalk, metal
Rossana Orlandi was the first to believe in the talent of young Spanish artist Nacho Carbonell since his graduation from the Design Academy Eindhoven under Li Edelkoort's direction in 2009. On that occasion, Carbonell presented the Evolution collection winning outstanding success with both public and critics. Over the years, with Rossana Orlandi's support, Carbonell has become a recognized name in art design. His collections, such as Diversity and Playground Closes and Dusks, were featured at prominent international events such as Art Basel in Miami and Basel, Arco in Madrid and Guild in Cape Town. Some of Nacho Carbonell's works were purchased by museums and foundations such as the SFMOMA of San Francisco, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Centre National des Arts Plastiques of Paris.