Rua
Arquitecturas de la locura

Artist name

Artist year born

1920

Artist year deceased

2013

Artwork make date

1980-2000

Artwork title translation

Street
Architecture of Madness

Artwork material

paper
blueprint

Artwork dimensions

height: 106cm
width: 279cm

Artwork type (categories)

Print

Accession method

Donated by León Ferrari 2001

Accession number

10:7-2001

Label text

From the same Arquitecturas de la locura (Architecture of Madness) series as Cidade and Bairro, Rua depicts a section of an imaginary city. In this, the largest work in the series, the image is more tightly focused, representing a single street. This is a Gods-eye perspective on a dwarfed city, hundreds of impossible situations are seen from above. This street contains corridors and rooms displaying fragments of hectic but incomprehensible life: rooms with beds at the centre are converted into places of pilgrimage or corporate meeting rooms; rows of people queue up to arrive while other rows of people seem to be simply waiting for something to happen; clusters of beds create cross-shaped patterns; identical figures sit round large board-room tables. Perhaps because of its size, this is a peculiarly powerful work. The loneliness and alienation suggested by the rest of the series are here more acute, as if one were intimate witness to the very heart of madness.

Last updated date

2008