Pietro Consagra

Trama (maquette), 1972

  • Medium:wood and painted wood
  • Dimensions:33 x 71 x 76 cm

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Trama (maquette), 1972

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1972 was a landmark year for Pietro Consagra, in which Trama (Weave), a series of seven wooden sculptures, marked the entrance to the Italian Pavilion of the 36th Venice Biennale. In order to reach the pavilion’s primary exhibition, ‘Aspects of Italian Sculpture’, guests had to first pass through the massive weave Consagra had created, its traversal a means of actively and physically involving the viewer within the piece itself. Each sculpture was approximately three metres high and anchored to a platform, all too large and too close together to be seen in their entirety from anyone standing among them. As such, Trama underlines a certain sense of frontal poetics omnipresent in much of Consagra’s oeuvre, though its immersive constitution does not fail to encourage the consideration of other points of view. A vinyl schematic of Trama is also present at ‘Ties | Legami’ so as to contextualise the maquette of the full-scale installation featured in the exhibition.