The 10th edition of the Milano Design Film Festival was a special edition and renewed in form and content, with the new artistic direction of Cristiana Perrella, flanked by the guest curators Emanuele Coccia, Bianca Felicori and India Mahdavi. In the five days of the program we had the chance to watch over 40 titles in different locations. Here we are talking about one of the best of these events: the docufilm Palazzo Luce, written and directed by Alessandra Galletta, who followed the renovation project of Palazzo dei Conti, placed in the historical center of Lecce and wanted by Anna Maria Enselmi as the ideal venue for her important collection of past design and contemporary artworks with site-specific projects that have transformed the historical residence of Maria D’Enghien, Queen consort of Naples from 1407 to 1414, into a new exhibition space of great interest.
The project has been realized with the contribution for the design of Rossella Colombari and Nina Yashar, and architect Giuliano Andrea dell’Uva for the restoration. For the contemporary artworks the choice has been made by gallerist Lia Rumma, who has selected artists Martino Gamper, Antonio Marras, David Tremlett, Joseph Kosuth, Marzia Migliora, Giuliano Dal Molin, in addition to Gian Maria Tosatti and Michele Guido. In the design collection of Anna Maria Enselmi are also present, amid the others, works by Gio Ponti, Franco Albini, Gae Aulenti, BBPR, Osvaldo Borsani, Luigi Caccia Dominioni, Carlo Mollino, Hans-Agne Jakobsson, Pier Giulio Magistretti, Ico and Luisa Parisi, Ettore Sottsass, Studio PFR, Seguso, Oscar Niemeyer, Audrey Large, Josè Zanine Caldas. The artworks collection includes, as well as the already said names, masterpieces by Ettore Spalletti, Vanessa Beecroft, Pietro Consagra, Alfredo Jaar, Mimmo and Francesco Jodice, William Kentridge, Luca Monterastelli, Ugo Mulas, Gilberto Zorio, Marina Abramović, Brigitte Niedermair, Andrés Reisinger, David Tremlett, Andrea Bowers, Nazgol Ansarinia, Giuliano Dal Molin and Thomas Ruff.
The documentation work by Alessandra Galletta, to realize Palazzo Luce, becomes itself an important moment of reflection on contemporary art, a key to understand the dynamics that underlie the connections between collector, gallerist, artist, fitter and architect, up to the work that we see exhibited in the space, in this case, of the building itself. Thus, a choral project that brings together past, present and future, different skills, including that of the director, who becomes part of the operation of creating an event intended for everyone. Through the documentary film, we walk through the magnificently furnished rooms, rich in history and works, from the reception to the library, from the living space to the music room, from the terrace to the garden, listening to the words of the authors who made all of this possible and who drive us to go and walk through these extraordinary spaces in person.
Alessandra Galletta, Palazzo Luce
presented at Milano Design Film Festival
Emanuele Magri teaches History of Art in Milan. Since 2007 he has been writing abroad for Juliet art Magazine. Since the 1970s he has dealt with writing and visual arts. He created taxonomically defined worlds, in which he experimented with the self-referentiality of language, such as “La Setta delle S’arte” in which ritual clothes are made starting from words with multiple meanings, the “Treaty of genetic art” in which a series of plants is obtained from grafts of human organs, eyes, hands, mouths, etc., and the project “Fandonia”, a city where everything is double and hybrid.