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Palma de Vecchio Pop up Square

Location: Bergamo, Italy
Date: 2015
Client: GAMeC
Design: Studio Fink in collaboration with StudioGPT

The temporary transformation of the outdoor space of GAMeC (Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo) was undertaken by Studio Fink to accompany the first large retrospective exhibition of Palma il Vecchio paintings. The masterpieces of one of the un- disputed geniuses of the Italian Renaissance were reunited and on exhibit in Bergamo for one hundred days thanks to the outstanding support of the greatest museums in the world – the National Gallery in London, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid, the Her- mitage in St. Petersburg, the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, the Gemäldegalerie  in Dresden, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Staatliche Museen in Berlin, and major Italian museums including the Uffizi in Florence, the Galleria Borghese in Rome, and the Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice.

When the artist Peter Fink began to explore the challenge of how to transform the bleak unforgiving concrete courtyard in front of the gallery into a 100 day pop up square he started to think about the motto of the show: “An exhibition not only to be seen, but to be lived”. As result he started to conceive the design as an opportunity to create a memorable external room echoing Palma Vecchio’s vibrant use of colour as well as place encourag- ing social interaction, conversation and contemplation before and after seeing Palma de Vecchio paintings.

In the actual design the free flowing use of colour is contrasted with enlarged details of drapery depictions taken from Palma de Vecchio paintings as well as with details of some of the faces seen in favorite subjects of the so called “Holy Conversations” that depict mythological and allegorical subjects as conversations in extraordinary landscapes.
Peter Fink hopes that his design of the pop up square will encourage people to explore through their own conversations how Palma il Vecchio art develops poems of glances, stories, nostalgia, discoveries and glimpses through the conversational landscapes of his paintings.

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