l’Aquila et Addis Abeba
Microcollection interviewed by Elisa Bollazzi
ELISA BOLLAZZI : when and how did you get the idea for Microcollection?
MICROCOLLECTION : In 1990. I was visiting the Venice Biennale and, almost by chance, picked up a few fragments accidentally fallen onto the floor from a fantastic work by Anish Kapoor. These “microparticles”, overlooked by everyone else, opened up a new world, an illumination! They triggered a completely fresh approach to meandering from gallery to gallery, from one museum to another.
EB : How many fragments does Microcollection own now?
M : More than 700, also thanks to the precious help of artists, collectors, friends that constantly send me art-particles from everywhere.
EB : What do you do with these donations?
M: The fragments are filed and can be viewed under a microscope in itinerant Cabinets de Regard, in which the viewers can sense the invisible and the real essence of art. Minimal Art, Conceptual Art, Arte Povera, Fontana, Penone, Paolini, Beuys, Buren, Cragg, Long, and so on.
EB : Tell us about your Art Sowings.
M : My Art Sowings started in 2008 with the creation of small green areas planted and cultivated with valuable microparticles of contemporary artworks whose titles clearly show the selection criteria adopted: The 3-meter tree by Giuseppe Penone, Watermelons by Piero Gilardi, Garden by Paul McCarthy, etc.
EB : Where about?
M : Bozen, Milan, Basel, Singapore, Costa Rica, and so on. In 2010 in Jerago with Waiting flowerbed, an area planted with art fragments next to a bench on which sit and wait for an utopic art-garden to grow, a thought-provoking space, a meeting point, where the work of art starts a process that changes the way we look at the “art system”. A beneficial wait to stimulate creativity and start thought spaces in the contemplation of a growing art garden. In 2011, I started the so-called project Art sowings on demand based on collaboration and faith. They will help create a cultural-artistic humus in parks and gardens all over the world.
EB : Is there any links between picking up art fragments and planting them?
M : After long years spent picking up the “invisible”, I am now ready to return the world what I have lovingly collected so far.
EB : Anything to add?
M : « Artists don’t make objects. Artists make mythologies. » (Anish Kapoor)
Entretien de Didier Mathieu avec Paul-Armand Gette
à l’occasion de l’exposition
Paul-Armand Gette ? Un goût certain pour la publication.
30/06/12 – 13/10/12