Don’t worry, it’s just an optical illusion, and a good one too! French artist JR created a new installation that pays homage to classic artworks that are unappreciated and unseen. The installation, called La Ferita, is a massive photo collage installed on the façade of the Palazzo Strozzi. The artwork references the adversities and challenges that cultural institutions have faced over the past year, as My Modern Met details:
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Measuring 28 meters high and 33 meters wide, this optical illusion creates a “crack” in the exterior of the building so that viewers can see masterpieces like Botticelli’s Birth of Venus and Primavera. It was installed as Italy entered another lockdown that will last until April 6, closing the doors of all cultural institutions once again. At the same time, the installation of La Ferita also launches a new public art initiative for the city by the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi and philanthropist Andy Bianchedi.
“They say the museums are closed, but it’s up to us to open them. Here is Florence, the city of Boticelli, Donatello, Machiavel, and Dante, we opened the Palazzo Strozzi,” JR says of the piece on his Instagram. “These last few months, we have been deprived of the possibility to be together… but we still have the freedom to dream, to create, to envision the future. Maybe it’s not much, but we have that!”
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