Marino Auroti paired with J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere

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“On November 16, 1955, self-taught Italian-American artist Marino Auriti filed a design with the U.S. Patent office depicting his Palazzo Enciclopedico (The Encyclopedic Palace), an imaginary museum that was meant to house all worldly knowledge, bringing together the greatest discoveries of the human race, from the wheel to the satellite.
Holed up in his garage out in the middle of the Pennsylvania countryside, Auriti worked on his brainchild for years, constructing the model of a 136-story building that would stand seven hundred meters tall and take up over sixteen blocks in Washington, D.C.”

“Designed to highlight the entire range of human achievements.”

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J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere “Documentation of hairstyles and head wrappings of Nigerian women, beginning in the 1960s.
Gelatine silver prints, 50 x 60 cm” see more here- http://universes-in-universe.org/eng/bien/venice_biennale/2013/tour/palazzo_enciclopedico/04_okhai_ojeikere

Gioni starts the exhibition at the Arsenale with an interesting pair of two artists who operated for the most part out of what is considered the mainstream art production, exhibition and market. As much as it was evident yesterday at the Giardini, it is again at the Arsenale. The curator presents artists that trouble and defy our efforts at categorization right alongside artists and works that may be more knowable to some. The artists or works are not outsiders nor folk. The works hold up- and are important pieces and/or collections in their own right.

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Marino Auroti’s “Palazzo” has been exhibited several times since it entered the American Folk Art Museum collection in 2002, most recently in “Jubilation/Rumination: Life, Real and Imagined” (2012). Created in the 1950s, the structure made of wood, plastic, metal, hair combs, and model-making kit parts stands 11 feet high and occupies a footprint of 7 feet by 7 feet. With a 1:200 scale, the Palazzo was imagined to be built in Washington, DC, and stand nearly 2,300 feet tall (a half mile) and span 16 city blocks. Auriti affirmed that his building was “an entirely new concept in museums, designed to hold all the works of man in whatever field, discoveries made and those which may follow . . . everything from the wheel to the satellite.” So dedicated was the artist to his vision that he had it patented.” see more about this piece here- http://www.folkartmuseum.org/?p=folk&id=11152

 

 

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