Paraventi: Folding Screens from the 17th to 21st Centuries at Fondazione Prada Milan, through February 22, 2024
“Paraventi: Folding Screens from the 17th to 21st Centuries is an extensive exhibition curated by Nicholas Cullinan on view at Fondazione Prada’s Milan venue from October 26, 2023 to February 22, 2024. Two complementary shows, organized by Prada with the support of Fondazione Prada at Prada Rong Zhai in Shanghai and Prada Aoyama Tokyo from November 3, 2023, will further investigate the historical heritage and contemporary interpretations of folding screens in Eastern contexts.
The Milan exhibition explores the histories and semantics of these objects by tracing trajectories of cross-pollination between East and West, processes of hybridization between different art forms and functions, collaborative relationships between designers and artists, and the emergence of newly created works. The folding screens embody liminality and the idea of being on the threshold of two conditions, literally and metaphorically. They cross barriers between different disciplines, cultures, and worlds.” — Fondazione Prada
Exhibition views of “Paraventi: Folding Screens from the 17th to 21st Centuries” at Fondazione Prada, Milan. Photos: Delfino Sisto Legnani and Alessandro Saletta – DSL Studio. Courtesy: Fondazione Prada
As explained by Nicholas Cullinan, “Painting or sculpture? Art or furniture? Utilitarian or ornamental? Decorative, functional, architectural, or theatrical? This innovative exhibition examines the many questions and paradoxes surrounding the unfolding history of the paravent. This history of the folding screen is one of cultural migration (from East to West), hybridization (between both different art forms and functions) and of what is concealed and revealed. As we shall explore, this history, and especially the way it manifests in the present, is one of liminal objects and of liminality itself; in the process collapsing the rigid distinctions and hierarchies between the different disciplines of art and architecture, decoration, and design.”