On September 28 the Vatican Museum inaugurated the Studio Azzurro Room, renaming a Renaissance hall in the museum’s contemporary section redesigned by architect Roberto Pulitani to contain the work of art In Principio (e poi) (In the Beginning [and Then]) by Studio Azzurro. An important commission for the famous new media artists’ collective, especially considering that their work, evoking the divine touch of Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam, is only a few metres away from the Sistine Chapel, in one of the world’s biggest and most prominent art collections.
In the Beginning (and Then) is an interactive video installation originally produced in 2013 for the first Holy See Pavilion at the 55th International Art Biennale in Venice. It consists of four panels on which the creation is represented, in a reinterpretation created after lengthy reflection and study of numerous iconographic sources. “In principio” is the first panel, placed horizontally on the floor, while the other three are projected onto ceramic slabs representing “e poi”. The artists used four big slabs of technical porcelain from FMG Fabbrica Marmi e Graniti’s MaxFine collection, in the dark Depth colour and the 320x160 cm size, as screens for the projection.
Max Fine slabs thus become part of a work of art, one again acknowledging the versatility, expressive potential and numerous possible uses of Iris Ceramica Group materials.