artist / participant
The experience awaiting visitors to Good Luck
is the result of a perceptive intertwining of space,
matter, time, and events experienced or evoked,
in a mental and sensorial journey
that is destined to make its mark.
With Lara Favaretto’s Good Luck, MAXXI is continuing with its mission to promote the excellence of Italian artistic creativity. Ten years have gone by since, through the Young Italian Art Prize, the first work by Lara Favaretto entered the Museum’s permanent collection, and now MAXXI is devoting an entire gallery to her latest creations, at a time when her work has become internationally acknowledged as some of the most significant of her generation.
Good Luck presents eighteen of the twenty cenotaphs created by Lara Favaretto since 2010, bringing them together for the first time.
A cenotaph is an empty tomB a funerary monument of highly symbolic value. They have been erected since antiquity to preserve the memory of the deceased, without containing their mortal remains, which may be lost or in some other place. Each one of Favaretto’s cenotaphs is dedicated to a person who has disappeared.
Erected in their memory, the cenotaphs we see in Good Luck are in the form of sculptural volumes of different shapes and sizes, consisting of a combination of surfaces in wood, brass and earth.
Hidden within these volumes, or placed next to them, buried or in contact with the earth, there are metal boxes that contain a number of objects that belonged, or are dedicated, to the disappeared.
Brought together in Rome for the Good Luck exhibition, the cenotaphs are made to be dispersed and preserved separately. Their final locations will draw a new, ideal, utopian map of places destined to the memory of the deceased.
The eighteen cenotaphs in Good Luck are dedicated to
Jean-Albert Dadas, Percy Fawcett, Amelia Mary Earhart, Arthur Cravan, Robert James “Bobby” Fischer, Donald Crowhurst, Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce, Howard Phillips Lovecraft, Nikola Tesla, Thomas P. “Boston” Corbett, Ettore Majorana, Leslie Conway “Lester” Bangs, J.D. Salinger, Bruno Manser, Everett Ruess, Bas Jan Ader, László Tóth, Thomas Ruggles Pynchon.
The exhibition has been made possible thanks to the contribution of Galleria Franco Noero