Behind the gallery, metal air intakes are shaped like ship's ventilators, while the stale air outlet is a Piranesian
joke of sandstones blown out from the front wall, leaving a hole like that which Stirling photographed in a wall of the Albert Dock in 1961.
2) frame the entrance to the great hall, now a realised Piranesian
fantasy of calcined stone and mutilated sculptures (Fig.
In an installation of two works, Turm (Tower) and Autobahn, 2003 and 2006, respectively, a two-lane momentarily spirals off the ground like a Hot Wheels racetrack, before landing to career headlong into a Piranesian
fantasy tower of vertical highway ribbons.
Although it offers lovely, spatially dynamic vistas through cutouts on the wall, and although a Piranesian
ramp hovers above, the space lacks the joyous freedom of Piranesi, even as it lacks the ordered resolution of a Kahn.
But the interior joyride's up to scratch, all Piranesian
perspectives thrown through vast windows out to the countryside, and dizzying Alice-in-Wonderland labyrinths--an architectural epitaph, perhaps, to the long-gone good old days of rampant consumerism and razzle-dazzle buildings.
However, while Pannini's ruin fantasies are still firmly rooted in the formal language of baroque quadratura (illusionistic) painting, in the hands of the younger generation the genre has a more historicist look: they enrich it with archaeological detail studied at first hand as well as with a Piranesian
architectural vocabulary and sense of scale.
Likewise, the intricate and disquieting architectural wall drawings of Argentinean Pablo Siquier--which amount to a sort of Piranesian
abstraction--and Bolivian Roberto Valcarcel's Escala de cuantificacion, 2004--a set of geometric paintings in the form of signs distributed throughout the hall purporting to measure the presence or lack of subjective qualities such as passion--add particular notes of finesse and wit.
they can fight back." The centerpiece of this--and indeed of the whole museum--is the east gallery, a rambling nave of space that stretches nearly four-hundred-and-fifty feet in length, under a white Piranesian
ceiling of bridges, catwalks, and slender ribbons of roof truss.
The narrow wing of the library and meeting rooms is placed along Via Roentgen, separated from the offices by a long, top-lit Piranesian
stairwell bisected by bridges, landings and breakout spaces.
Interspersed with this animation are Kentridge's charcoal drawings of Vesalian anatomies, Piranesian
ruins, and hospital corridors.
(24) In this publication, characteristic Piranesian
vedute sit beside extraordinary representations of sluice systems, lead plumbing, nozzles, and measures for the regulation of water--technical diagrams raised to the level of an art form.