Wood, silicon 6.40 × 4.50 × 5.00 m Museum Abteiberg Mönchengladbach, D 2012 – 2014
The Theatro di Mondo (for A.R.) is both homage to the famous architect Aldo Rossi and a world stage for planned or unplanned things that might happen. It might also be a simple placeholder, a spot where many actions could occur, or nothing. It offers itself to the viewer, with its open or closed mouth, a cubist form that flattens at the back. As a monolith in its garden, it defies any kind of movement, seeking dialog with its counterpart at the foot of the hill on top of which stands the post-modern Museum Abteiberg built by Hans Hollein. Thus, the visitor following the path along the relaxing architectural tour inevitably approaches the shell, which, when approached, drops its pretension, revealing itself as a modest wooden structure with the light-absorbing color of rubber—not a fake or a model but a gesture of devotion and joy.