a tortuous cascade of bones and viscera
national roman museum and berengo workshop announced the launch of ‘la commedia umana’ by chinese artist and activist ai weiwei. one of the greatest murano glassware never built, the huge chandelier is made up of more than two thousand pieces of mouth-blown glass cast by the master glassmakers of studio berengo. takes shape as a cascade of bones, skulls and organs in black glassthe facility is now on display at the Baths of Diocletianthe historical core of the national roman museum since its creation in 1889. with its colossal dimensions, spanning more than six meters in width, about nine in height and weighing about four tons, the monument sculpture will leave viewers in awe and awe.all images by daniele peruzzi unless otherwise stated
‘la commedia umana’ by ai weiwei
suspended from the ceiling of one of the old bathrooms, the installation is the result of a collaboration between the famous contemporary artistand the Italian glass workshop. ‘la commedia umana’ translated as ‘the human comedy’ appears more as a warning than a monument to human loss, in an attempt to speak of ‘death to celebrate life,’ as the artist says. through his work, ai weiwei creates avenues for reflection on the future, questioning what remains beyond the bones of our broken bodies.
work began before the pandemic, but gradually became a metaphor for loss during this difficult period, and now, it lights up under the war which causes misery to so many souls. “The commedia umana shows the liberated content of a human body: our open interiority, the entrails of life laid bare and exposed for all to see: our mortality expressed by the multiple parts that define our own form.photo by francesco allegretto
“Glass is a material that continually manifests its own mortality and I believe this is one of the reasons why so many artists are now deeply drawn to it. Ever since I founded berengo studio in murano, there around thirty years ago, we witnessed a real renaissance in the world of glass.contemporary artists are no longer afraid to experiment with this material, and all that it can offer to sculptural art. has this unique quality, its weighted symbolism. it was a personal journey for me to see the seed of ai weiwei’s idea grow. says Adriano Berengo, founder of the Berengo studio.