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What to Do Today: See ‘Invisible Cities’ at Waddington Custot

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Stuck on what to do today? Let us help you. This Wednesday 14 March, we recommend that you head to Waddington Custot to see ‘Invisible Cities’.

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What to Do Today: See ‘Invisible Cities’ at Waddington Custot

Maria Helena Vieira da Silva, Sans titre , 1955

Maria Helena Vieira da Silva, Sans titre , 1955

Invisible Cities, curated by Flavia Frigeri, takes its title from Italo Calvino’s novel, Le città invisibili. The exhibition brings together an international group of artists who each explore concepts of the ideal city. In different ways, each artwork discovers a necessity for the real and imagined to coexist. Expect drawing, painting and sculpture by Giorgio de Chirico, Fausto Melotti, Maria Helena Vieira da Silva, Gego, Shusaku Arakawa, Giulio Paolini and Tomás Saraceno.

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Calvino’s Le città invisibili (1972) imagines a fictional conversation between the Venetian explorer, Marco Polo, and the 13th century ruler of the Mongol Empire, Kublai Khan. Polo describes a series of dream-like cities that are geographically unspecific, yet laden with reflections of reality.

Calvino not only inspired the exhibition, but in some cases, the art inspired his work, too. The lyrical, metal sculptures of Fausto Melotti (b. 1901, Rovereto, Italy; d. 1986, Milan, Italy) embodied, for Calvino, his most abstract cities. Calvino met Melotti while writing Le città invisibili and Melotti’s sculpture became central to Calvino’s description of his ‘thin city’.

Where & When: Waddington Custot 11 Cork Street, London W1S 3LT; until 4 May 2018

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