Giorgio Andreotta Calo: The Act of Seeing

Cornell in Rome Spring 2013 Lecture Series

Giorgio Andreotta Calò studied sculpture at the Venice Academy of Fine Arts and at the Kunst Hoch Schule in Berlin. He has had residencies at the Fondazione Ratti in Como and at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. The work of Calò — performative and ephemeral — rests at the intersection of art and architecture. He intervenes on buildings and landscape, appropriating and transforming architecture and space into symbolic and aesthetic experiences. His most significant works include a series of walks that took him 1,600 miles through France, Spain, and Portugal, or 98km along the abandoned coastal train line in Lebanon, or the appropriation of the abandoned parliament building in Sarajevo which he illuminated from sunset to sunrise with an artificial light. Calò participated in the 2011 Venice Biennale; in 2012 he was the recipient of the Young Artist Prize, awarded by the MAXXI Museum of Twenty-First Century Art in Rome.