06 Jul 2012

Boetti at MoMA

Yesterday, Patricia and I went to MoMA. Even after all those visits to New York and after living here for nine months, I still hadn't managed to go until now.

I love the New York MoMA. It's an incredible collection they have and so many things that inspire me here.

One of the exhibitions that really resonated with me is their special exhibition on Alighiero Boetti. I'm really into maps, and one of my favorite is the Mappa (Map) piece where he designed a map where the flags of the individual countries were imprinted on to the outline of the country. The twist he made was to not produce it himself, but he got Afghan weavers to make a tapestry that looks modern, even by our standard, but made with hand and such traditional means. In this special exhibition, they also included a precursor to this which was drawn on paper, the Planisfero Politico (1969)

This is MoMA's picture of one of his maps:

Mappa by Boetti - MoMA

But this is actually the one I saw (not part of the special collection):

Mappa by Boetti

Notice that the Soviet Union and the Russian Federation flag is different. I wonder he managed to make one every year.

There were other great pieces in his exhibition though, like the Manifesto (1967) which looked like an infographic before its time. I also like the scale of the Biro drawings where he employed other people to do his bidding but also had an infographic element to it in I Sei Sensi (1974). Finally, there's a piece of work that looks like the Game of Life called Storia Naturale Della Moltiplicazione (1975) where it just looks like blobs one multiple pieces of large graph paper.

Storia Naturale Della Moltiplicazione - Opera.it

There was a lot more to this exhibition and all the other collections I managed to see at MoMA. Let me try and get around to writing more about the other collections in a later post.

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