When Music Transforms Space. Ragnar Kjartansson for Fondazione Trussardi

When Music Transforms Space. Ragnar Kjartansson for Fondazione Trussardi
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“When you’re with me, this room has no walls…” Thus sang Italian pop stars Gino Paoli and Mina in a success which more recently was covered by Carla Bruni, Franco Battiato and Mike Patton. From the backing music to an amazing love affair, Il Cielo in una Stanza is transformed into a collective performance with the aim of lightening the experiences of each of us during the quarantine. The idea came from Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson who, along with the Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, invited singers and musicians to reinterpret the song of Paoli in the church of San Carlo al Lazzaretto. For six hours a day from September 22 to October 25, the artists will take turns at the organ of the chapel which Cardinal Borromeo had created after the plague of 1576 - a symbolic location for Milan, literally born without walls so that the word of God could be heard in every corner of the ancient quarter of Lazzaretto. “Il Cielo in una Stanza is the only song I know which reveals one of the fundamental characteristics of art - it’s capacity to transform space,” explained Kjartansson, “In a certain sense, it’s a conceptual piece. But it’s also a celebration of the power of imagination - inflamed by love - to transform the world around us. It is a poem that tells just how love and music can expand even the smallest of spaces, all the way to embracing the sky and trees…Because, like Oscar Wilde said, love knows how to read what’s written on the furthest star.”
Francesca Grego - © 2020 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Milano