• museo

My childhood is getting older

17 jan 2014

The area dedicated to science and the arts in the Palazzo Poggi museum prompted the Blue and Joy duo (Fabio Le Fauci and Daniele Sigalot) to readapt and harmonize both their works and materials.
The works exhibited are their Paper Planes, Aereoplanini, made of painted aluminum which, in their explicit homage to Boetti, in a formation similar to a flock trace the act of crumpling a sheet of paper or a simple origami: testimony and rediscovery of an ironic childhood game played to struggle against classroom boredom.
In this venue, the Paper Planes take on a new formation as the Aereoplanini do not rotate on a wall or sail through space; rather the installation is here interpreted as a large and impressive landing on a real small mountain of earth.
Blue and Joy’s main research has always focused on the study and experimentation of materials. In addition to aluminum always used as paper, the artists employ other innovative materials to create their ever-Byzantine mosaics. Among them, the allegorical and allusive “pills” which have become Blue and Joy’s signature style.

On display, an invasion of delicate, emptied, painted pharmaceutical capsules. Rather than simply exhibiting, Blue and Joy aim to impose their stubborn “childhood” in the form of a large installation work sprawling across the floor where the colored pills adapt to the ground in a 1:1 scale. A perfect carpet which at the same time decrees that the path is impracticable. A pantone kaleidoscope on a floor that we can no longer walk on, but that nourishes that sense of wonder belonging to our childhood.
The video portraying Blue and Joy’s splendid performance in the Church of San Matteo in Lucca completes the exchange between the artists and the museum of Palazzo Poggi. Thanks to the interaction between a ray of sunshine and three rose windows made of broken mirrors then placed on the floor of the ancient deconsecrated church, the stunning reflections of the artwork christened “The angle of God”, gracefully adorn the apse, in a way consecrating the church once again for a day.

By Chiara Guidi

Even The Wind Gets Lost + Dear Design

30 nov 2013


The Triennale Design Museum presents Dear Design + Even the wind gets lost, an exhibit of artists Blue and Joy, curated by Lorenzo Palmeri, opening on Tuesday December 10th at 9.30 p.m.

The Berlin-based Italian duo (Fabio La Fauci, Milan , 1977 and Daniel Sigalot , Rome, 1976) “lands” at the Triennale with over three hundred multi-colored aluminum airplanes of various sizes , which will bring a playful wind of return to childhood whilst paying tribute to Milan , the city that saw the birth of the “Blue and Joy” project in 2005.

In January 2013, the paper planes were showcased for the first time in the installation From A to B, a tribute to Alighiero Boetti, a solo exhibit at the Gallery Artra in Milan. They then “flew” to Basel, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Miami, Istanbul, Berlin, Cologne and Hamburg.

Sigalot and La Fauci use the same material, aluminum, to create different symbols: from an airplane to a letter, a letter written by hand, with a typewriter or a computer .

Monumental letters addressed to Destiny, to the Future, to Art, to Achievement and to Tomorrow will be exhibited alongside the paper planes. The language stays the same: irreverent, humorous, sharp witted and subtle . The irony that distinguishes Blue and Joy never deserts them, even when its recipients are abstract and distant bodies who here become acquaintances, friends, neighbors .

The evolving project “Dear Design” designed by Lorenzo Palmeri will make its debut next to the paper planes. A site specific tribute with the letters that the great protagonists of the project wished to address to Design. Senders include Alberto Alessi, Mario Bellini, Michele De Lucchi, Alessandro Mendini and Isao Hosoe.