NAPLES-Passaggi/Passages, Michal Rovner's permanent Video Fresco at Stazione Municipio, Naples, will be inaugurated in June 2015.
Rovner is currently completing her permanent installation in the largest urban art project in Europe: MN Metropolitana, Napoli. The 37 x 5 meter plastered and hand-painted wall with projection, engages the site's (subway station) function as a transit hub as well as the many layers of history embedded within the place.
Stazione Municipio was designed by Architect Àlvaro Siza Vieira in collaboration with architect Eduardo Souto de Moura - both Pritzker prize winners. The curator of the entire Metro Art project is Achille Bonito Oliva.
Situated in the heart of Naples between the port and the Municipal building, the station will open new traffic lines between the East and the West of the city and will become the major traffic and communication junction of Naples. The excavations of the station, which reached considerable depths, revealed archaeological layers from various historical periods (Greek, Roman, Medieval, and Spanish).
Rovner's video fresco connects the past and the present and is a tribute to the great civilizations that were engaged with the place for thousands of years. It also creates an immediate association with Pompei. Working in the present context while at the same time respecting the values of the past, was essential to both architects and the artist.
The surface of the wall references the ancient walls discovered during the excavations. By inserting multiple moving figures, the artist introduces the dimension of time in tune with the unstoppable flow of passengers that animates this important metro junction.
‘Passengers walking through the station will be reminded that they are part of the continuous human movement of all times’ - Michal Rovner, May 2015.
The MN Metropolitana's ‘Subway of Art’ has renowned architects and designers’ work on the planning of the stations and their urban environment, and has invited important artists to create permanent artworks. The inauguration ceremony will take place in presence of the Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, the Mayor of Napoli Luigi De Magistris, President of Metropolitana di Napoli Giannegidio Silva, curator Achille Bonito Oliva, architects Àlvaro Siza Vieira and Eduardo Souto de Moura and artist Michal Rovner.
Panorama an exhibition of new work by Michal Rovner remains on view at Pace London until 15 June.