In a sea of concrete is a bright gold colored building. Known as the Haunted House at the Prada Foundation, this building houses works by two artists: Louise Bourgeois and Robert Gober. With only a few visitors allowed to enter each hour, the Haunted House is not to be missed. A narrow cage like stairway ushers visitors to explore the rooms above.
Empty frame of Vincent van Gogh’s Portrait of Dr. Gachet (1890) // Sampling Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main cornice
The exhibition L’Image Volée at the Prada Foundation is a group show curated by one of the artists, Thomas Demand. Categorized into three sections, the exhibition explores the themes of stolen art and images. Whilst some artists steal or alter existing art to make new works, other artists take images from the public, such as television clips and security cameras, as the basis for an artistic piece. The works in this exhibition are sure to steal your breath away.
Slashed canvas // Francis Bacon // Collection Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Dublin
Concetto spaziale, Attese // Lucio Fontana — Hisachika Takahashi // 1966 // oil on canvas // Private collection, Milan
Poster // Lucian Freud // 1988 // ink on paper // Frankfurt am Main
Perhaps the most talked about work of art in Goshka Macuga’s exhibition To the Son of Man Who Ate the Scroll at the Prada Foundation is the life-size android. The android was designed by Macuga and built by A Lab in Japan. It speaks and gestures to visitors recounting various famous speeches. While completely mesmerizing, this is only on the first floor. The top floor of the exhibition contains even more robots. Five brightly colored tables topped with paper are evenly dispersed. Some tables contain nude figures after sex, while others contain little statuettes. But what all five tables have in common are intricate paper drawings. An explanation is offered on the last table when visitors can see two little robots drawing the pictures on the table. Macuga questions human existence, and uses robots to do so.
The Prada Foundation was created by the famed Prada fashion designer Miuccia Prada and her husband Patrizio Bertelli. The museum showcases works by international contemporary artists working in a range of media, from installation, to video works, to sculpture to the traditional painting. The building’s exterior was designed by the world renowned architect Rem Koolhaas and features tinted windows that reflect the surrounding architecture.