Facing walls, Opening windows
“Art should be part of everyday life” – this is the basic concept that
Galleria Continua is reconsidering and exploring in the new project
for its Beijing space.
All the places we are used to live in have walls that can be seen and
touched. These surfaces are containers but at the same time are
themselves content. They absorb and reflect, constantly conveying
messages and stories to us. What’s more, walls have always been
widely used by the people as a vehicle for political communication.
A building, a factory, a temple, a church, a bridge are all sites that
artists can regenerate and reinterpret, creating fresh atmospheres.
The poetry and creativity of artists can reinvent an environment,
generating new vibes capable of stirring people’s sensibility
and awareness of life. In this way, everyone can experience new
feelings and sensations simply by passing or entering the reworked
Artists have always worked in dedicated indoor spaces, as well as in
outdoor ones, setting challenges for themselves in re-thinking and
welding together intimate and personal spaces with life outside,
namely the cities. Furthermore, by using their own poetics and
understanding of life, artists can mould and interpret any space,
conveying their vision to others and inviting self-reflection and selfanalysis.
The artist’s work, then, represents a union between the
private and public sphere.
Ultimately, Facing walls, Opening windows is the result of passions
and energies that have made it possible to embark on a great
journey, starting from the desire of both institutional bodies and
private citizens to actively engage with and experience public
spaces in a new way.