Sunday 31 january 2016
from 11am to 7 pm
To encourage everyone’s involvement and sense of responsibility, together with Fondazione Merz we decided to gift the flowers to visitors on the last day of the exhibition. With this gesture, the work will expand to infinity. Alfredo Jaar
The installation—consisting of flowers forming the infinity sign (∞), and a neon sign—makes a clear reference to Mao’s 1956 campaign, which initially encouraged freedom of expression and constructive criticism to promote the revolution. Here Jaar reverses Mao’s formula into a call for conscience and the beauty of nature: a beauty that could be exhaustible if we are not capable of taking constructive criticism.
the work is part of the project L’Albero della cuccagna. Nutrimenti dell’arte: a nationwide exhibition involving several public and private institutions, curated by Achille Bonito Oliva.