Kaarina Kaikkonen. Towards Tomorrow
14 April – 15 July 2012 extended until 16 September
Kaarina Kaikkonen, one of Finland’s leading artists, is known internationally for her environmental projects and for her large-scale installations realised with simple materials such as clothing or paper that reference the great Scandinavian tradition in which the relationship between art and environment is one of the most successful examples of 20th Century research.
The materials she will use in the site-specific installation conceived for MAXXI are children’s clothes of various colours and types that will be collected as part of a major educational project among the families of the area. In this way, every person who donates a garment, with all its baggage of memory associated with children’s clothes, will ideally form part of the work. Like a great sail, the work will move with the wind, connecting one of the voids that characterise MAXXI’s external profile and modifying Zaha Hadid’s building. The pastel colours and the softness of the children’s clothes will establish a dialogue with and test the hardness of the concrete tracing the lines of the museum.
On the occasion of the presentation of the work, on Saturday 14th of April, a great party is being organized in the MAXXI piazza that will see families involved in a workshop in which the artist will share her project with the public.
The work realised for MAXXI is part of a project that has involved the realisation of a large site-specific installation by the artist, Are We Still Going On?, conceived for the former Max Mara clothing factory, now the home of the Collezione Maramotti (Reggio Emilia, 26 February – 28 October 2012) and which follows and accompanies the compositional structure of the building.