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Life is being kidnapped by reality.

Friday, 3 February 2012 @09:51

"Life is being kidnapped by reality".
(Olaf Nicolai)
And I hope that my hijacker it's you.

Today I stole my Buongiorno from a friend, Olaf Nicolai, an artist: one of the big names of conceptual art in the world. I normally don't understand much of what he's doing (conceptual art is not my cup of tea, hèlas), but he has just surprised me with a beautiful, poetical work in Roma. It's a show in the Giorgio de Chirico house, right in piazza di Spagna, almost frozen in time (he died in 1978): his books, his furniture, his paintings, even his bottle of Punt e Mes, his favourite drink. A young art curator has invited artists from all over the world to interact with de Chirico and his work. And Olaf Nicolai, well, he invites us to write: he put an old Olivetti 22 in de Chirico's studio. And the installation is you: you sit at de Chirico's table, you write a letter (if you're still able to type, that is) on the old Olivetti, on monogrammed paper, and de Chirico (the foundation) sends the letter for you. Very, very metaphysical, as he was.... But very poetical too.
The show is called "D'après Giorgio" and is open till the end of 2012:
If you're in Roma, go and write a letter. More metaphysical, nowadays, than an sms.


Lisa Corva

Yes, I write. Yes, I believe in the magic of words. That’s why you’ll find me here, every Friday: Lisa “globish”!

I believe in the magic of words, and I believe Piazza Unità in Trieste, where I was born, is the most romantic square in the world. (And yes, it’s in Italy, proudly facing the sea). I love roses in every form. And, of course, I do love my blog, expecially now that I can carry it around on my iPhone.