24 February 2017 – 24 September 2017
San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, USA
Diana Al-Hadid’s monumental sculpture Nolli’s Orders (2012) will anchor the SJMA’s central skylight gallery like a baroque fountain enlivening a public piazza in Rome. Referring to Giambattista Nolli’s 1748 map of Rome, the sculpture brings together themes from architecture, the history of art, and urban planning. The Syrian-American artist reimagines Renaissance and classical monuments and figures as sculptures that seem to disintegrate and drip. In doing so she questions established notions of Western European culture and its relevance to contemporary life across the globe. Al-Hadid is fascinated by boundaries—where something begins and ends—and asks how we define or belong to a place, be it architectural, sculptural, or experiential. Diana Al-Hadid: Liquid City spotlights the artist’s personal emphasis on creative process. It will include wall works that pertain to architectural themes, including a sculptural piece of polymer gypsum and a drawing on mylar from the artist’s personal collection. Primary source materials by Italian masters to whom Al-Hadid refers will also be included.
Diana Al-Hadid, Nolli’s Orders, 2012; Steel, polymer gypsum, fiberglass, wood, foam, plaster, aluminum foil, and pigment; 156 x 264 x 228 inches; Courtesy of the artist and Marianne Boesky Gallery.