Hadas Ophrat presents at the Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art’s large gallery a multidisciplinary art project based on his research into the Villa Capra – known as “La Rotonda” – outside Vicenza, Italy, designed by the Italian architect Andrea Palladio in the second half of the sixteenth century, and a multitude of the villa’s imitations around the world. The museum gallery serves as a large stage on which the stage-like structure is presented – a reconstruction of the ground level of villa La Rotonda as an empty stage. Visitors are invited to enter it in small groups. Within the round room at the heart of this structure, a video-art screening simulates a combined view of the Villa Capra’s interiors and of the landscape surrounding it. It is, in fact, a meta-landscape that, combining interior and exterior views and echoing the multiple reflections in the reiterated reproduction of the original building and its projecting porticos, presents the viewer with fragmented and overlapping sequences of space and time.
Visitors are invited to sit and watch documentary films and interviews conducted by the artist with people who live or work in these buildings, an inquiry into the circumstances in which reproductions of the building were built; into the boundaries between the private and public spheres; into daily activities in the house; and into its maintenance and preservation efforts.
Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art
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