Foto: Lorenzo Palmieri. Courtesy Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milano.

Kindergarten

Custom-Made Camouflage (final year)

“A Leaf-Shaped Animal Draws The Hand” by Daniel Steegmann Mangrané

Runs from 12 September 2019 to 19 January 2020

Introduction
For years Daniel Steegmann Mangrané (Barcelona, 1977; lives and works in Rio de Janeiro) has been engaged in an artistic exploration of how geometric and abstract forms intersect with elements of the natural world around us. The resulting imagery has given rise to recurring motifs such as leaves, trees, and insects that prompt us to reflect on the reality of the world we inhabit. His work frequently foregrounds the Brazilian rainforest, in which he typically focus on the Phasmida, the scientific name for the order of insects that includes the stick insect. Known for its ability to camouflage itself and blend with its environment, the stick insect exemplifies the artist’s fascination with what binds existence and visibility, dissolution and belonging, concreteness and abstraction.

Focus areas

  • Languages, creativity, expression
  • Knowledge of the world

Educational objectives
The aim of this immersive experience is to encourage children to discover that Nature is composed of lines and geometric shapes which, when skilfully interconnected with lights and colours, create a seemingly confused and disordered environment in which the figures and background coexist in a fluid relationship between visibility and invisibility.

Activities
The trail through the exhibition will include a preliminary introduction to how the artist’s works reveal the interconnections between abstract forms and those of Nature.
In the workshop area, the young visitors will be split up into small groups and invited to combine abstract shapes and colours to invent new living beings that are able to camouflage themselves against a pre-prepared natural background.

Guess Where I Am (final year)

“A Leaf-Shaped Animal Draws The Hand” by Daniel Steegmann Mangrané

Runs from 12 September 2019 to 19 January 2020

Introduction
Daniel Steegmann Mangrané (Barcelona, 1977; lives and works in Rio de Janeiro) has created a display in the Pirelli HangarBicocca that combines concrete experiences with intangible situations. Within this landscape, the visitor’s body becomes an integral part of the exhibition. His practice contains numerous references to the Brazilian rainforest – such as branches, leaves and insects – which, when merged with geometric shapes and abstract motifs, invite us to reflect on the complex dynamics animating the elements around us. A regular feature of the artist’s work is the Phasmida, the scientific name of the order of insects that includes the stick insect. Known for its ability to camouflage itself and blend with its environment, the stick insect exemplifies the artist’s fascination with what binds existence and visibility, dissolution and belonging, concreteness and abstraction.

Focus Areas

  • The body and movement
  • The Self and the Other
  • Knowledge of the world

Educational Objectives
As they pick their way through the exhibition, the young visitors will discover that the space is composed of lines, shapes, lights, and colours that are constantly in dialogue with the living beings that inhabit it, namely its population of plants and animals. The main objective is to raise awareness of the relationship between one’s body and the surrounding space, and to bring out the difference between hiding and camouflaging. The trail also aims to show how things that appear inert or fixed may just be waiting to spring to life through movement.

Activities
During the visit, with the help of the Arts Tutors the children will observe the works in which the binaries of disappearance/appearance, immobility/movement, visible/invisible are most evident, paying particular attention to the site-specific installation Phantom Architecture (2019). Thanks to its semi-transparent quality, this work redefines the exhibition space by both hiding and revealing the works on display, creating a landscape in which the visitor’s body becomes an integral part of the exhibition itself.
In the second part of the itinerary, the participants will be divided into groups and, through a series of guided instructions, they will be invited to find ways in which they can hide or blend their bodies into the workshop space, whose structure will be modified by the Arts Tutors on a case-by-case basis.

Make those rhythms swing! (final year)

“....the Illuminating Gas” by Cerith Wyn Evans

Runs from 31 October 2019 to 23 February 2020

Introduction
….the Illuminating Gas” is the largest exhibition ever set up by the Welsh artist Cerith Wyn Evans (born 1958 in Llanelli, Wales, United Kingdom; lives and works between London and Norwich, UK) and is conceived as a synesthetic composition in which the various works presented weave together three of our senses via visuals, sounds, and movements, in many cases borrowing from a vast repertoire of different areas of culture spanning the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, including literature, music, philosophy, photography, poetry, art history, astronomy, and the sciences. The outcome is a complex overlapping of meanings and mental associations, ideas and interpretations, which place the spectator before a dynamic maelstrom of stimuli that beg to be unravelled: these exciting creations of Evans generate multiple scenarios, short-circuits and juxtapositions of meaning that inspire different perspectives on our concept of reality.

Focus areas

  • The body in movement
  • Knowledge of the world around us
  • Languages, creativity, expression
  • Self and the Other

Educational objectives
With the help of the Art Tutors, kids are encouraged to explore how the artist conceived and pieced together this thrilling sensorial experience, which offers a vast landscape of overlapping visual impressions and sound clips that are continually transformed depending on the movements of those who wander through the exhibition space.
The aim of this adventure is to stimulate the children’s sensory faculties, and show how each one reacts differently to something that is originally the same for all, and how this is “translated” and “transformed” into graphic signs and bodily movements that are unique to each of the young observers.

Activities
In the course of their visit the kids will above all notice the dazzling arrangements of neon lights that animate the main halls of the Hangar, and how they offer an amazing puzzle of straight lines, curves and complex geometric shapes of varying sizes, all accompanied by a soundtrack created by the artist. In the second part of the route through the exhibition, the young visitors will be invited to listen to these musical soundtracks and study their different rhythms, and through a series of prompts given by the Art Tutors, the visitors can translate these sounds into body-movements, coloured graphic signs, and ultimately create their own choreography of light.

Chasing a star (final year)

“The Seven Heavenly Palaces 2004-2015” by Anselm Kiefer

Introduction
The installation is a perfect scene in which to imagine fantastical stories and help children discover the depths of the sky and take a close look at its inhabitants: stars. The artist has chosen them as the guardians of one of the towers, presenting them in the form of shards of glass. But what are stars really like? Where do they come from? Do they live forever?

Focus Areas
• Knowledge of the world
• Images, sounds, colours

Educational Objectives
Through play, children will learn a complex concept such as that of the birth of the stars. They will learn what they actually look like (the points are a convention invented by humans to draw them), the matter composing them, why they shine and their life cycle. They will also learn that heat comes from the agitation of gas and dust particles, simulating their movement and heating action through play.

Activities
The explanation of the birth of a star is introduced directly during the visit of The Seven Heavenly Palaces 2004-2015. Back at the workshop, the student will actively participate in the “birth” of a star, in order to understand together – starting from the basics – the complex creation of these heavenly bodies. This workshop can be integrated with a story (the story of Thomas) to get the children involved and spark their imagination.

We Are History (final year)

“The Seven Heavenly Palaces 2004-2015” by Anselm Kiefer

Introduction
Anselm Kiefer has always been acknowledged as “the artist of history”, particularly German history, because his works originate from profound reflection on memory and on “how to remember”. Each of us has an individual history full of events and encounters that have determined our path: The idea is thus to help young people understand that their personalities are influenced by an array of factors that this activity aims to bring out.

Focus Areas
• Self and Other
• Words and discourse
• Knowledge of the world

Educational Objectives
The workshop aims to underscore the importance of individual history, as well as personal and family memories as the constituent elements of collective memory. The child will become aware that his or her personality is the outcome of personal experience and that existence goes beyond the present and is irrevocably bound to the history of his or her own context.

Activities
Starting with the reflection on the importance of memory in the language of Anselm Kiefer, students will be asked to identify people, places or things that are particularly significant to them. They will be asked to imagine that they are picking up Kiefer’s Falling Pictures and to think about what they would like to see represented inside the frames. Using recycled material that is provided to them, each child will create his own picture and “content”. When everyone has made their pictures they will build a tower with boxes and use it to hang their works. Kiefer’s pictures will thus be picked up and put back in place!