Alias supports the “Yayoi Kusama - Infinito Presente” exhibition, curated by Stefano Raimondi, promoted by The Blank Contemporary Art and sponsored by the Municipality of Bergamo.
Alias, an established Italian design brand, is partner of the “Yayoi Kusama. Infinito Presente” (Yayoi Kusama - Infinite Present) exhibition dedicated to the famous Japanese artist.
Curated by Stefano Raimondi, director of The Blank - Italy’s leading network devoted to contemporary art and culture – with set-up design by Maria Marzia Minelli, the exhibition will be held in the evocative Sala delle Capriate of Palazzo della Ragione, Bergamo. Here Fireflies on the Water, the Infinity Room by Yayoi Kusama, is shown for the first time in Italy, a prestigious loan from the Whitney Museum in New York for Bergamo - Brescia Italian Capital of Culture 2023. Fireflies on the Water is a room-sized installation designed to be visited alone, one person at a time, creating a moment of reflection and intimacy for visitors. Entirely covered with mirrors, the Fireflies on the Water space appears infinite, without a beginning or an end, as if it could cause hallucinations in relation toreality.
The presence of this single installation made it possible to work on an important aspect, namely waiting space. The moments generated before visiting theinstallation are transformed into a ‘spiritual’ place with soft light and sound. Arriving at the room’s threshold is a meditative act capable of transporting us into another and different dimension, an invitation to abandon one’s sense of self and surrender to a kind of magic. Through timelines, documentary research and films, the exhibition explores Yayoi Kusama’s poetics and influence, creating a physical and digital space to share the lived experience and allowing visitors to enter the famous Japanese artist’s imagery from multiple perspectives.
The exhibition includes a selection of Alias products. Ilvolo table (by Riccardo Blumer) and Spaghetti chairs (by Giandomenico Belotti) welcome the visitors. Alberto Meda’s Frame chairs are positioned in the video room; finally, Laleeggera benches make it possible to enjoy a break in the bookshop created inside the Sala delle Capriate.
“2023 is a very important year for the city of Bergamo, which together with its neighbour Brescia has been nominated ‘Italian Capital of Culture’. As promoters of design and culture, we are very proud to support The Blank, a Bergamo-based association, as technical partner of the YAYOI KUSAMA. INFINITO PRESENTE exhibition. Thanks to this event, our city has the opportunity to pay tribute to the work of this internationally renowned artist, and to become known in Italy and around the world. Our contribution is to support this initiative organised by a local company (The Blank) and to furnish part of the installation curated by Maria Marzia Minelli with a selection of our iconic products, which lend themselves to the exhibition narrative in an unprecedented and engaging way.” Alias
Yayoi Kusama Infinito Presente
from 17 November 202 to 24 March 2024
Palazzo della Ragione, Bergamo