Bibliotheca Vallicelliana Exhibition
Baroque Libraries: The Journey to Getting Lost in a Book
Cornell University Eidlitz Travel Fellowship (2019)
Drawings on Display in the Borromini Salon, under the sculptural ceiling designed by Borromini
Proposal: to design a Solo Exhibition of Baroque Libraries for The Bibliotheca Vallicelliana in the Borromini Salon.
Eidlitz Travel Fellowship︎︎︎
I was invited to exhibit my work at the Bibliotheca Vallicelliana in the Borromini Salon. Located within the Oratorio dei Filippini in central Rome, the complex was designed by the lauded Francesco Borromini in 1643. During the reception, the work was complemented with an interview and discussion explaining the context of the drawings.
Each of the eight double sided Japanese Moleskin Notebooks are strung between the columns at the perimeter bookcases. There is space to circulate behind. The display cases are filled with photographs taken at the various baroque monasteries.
Detail of notebook against bookshelf backdrop
The ambition is that the drawings create a heightened awareness of the thoughtful sequences of space leading into monastery libraries; it is especially applicable in this exhibition to draw further attention to the beautiful display room itself. Rather than fight for attention in the space, the drawings seek to achieve a harmony with the organization of the established architecture.