Arquitecturas de la locura

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Architecture of Madness

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height: 106cm
width: 279cm

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Donated by León Ferrari 2001

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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.

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