Through the Looking Glass – Tulipomania | Luisa Catucci Gallery, Berlin


I am happy to announce that my work Tulipomania (2015) –  related to the Dutch tulip bulb market bubble, Flemish iconography, and Vanitas paintings – will be exhibited at Luisa Catucci Gallery from tomorrow as part of the Through the Looking Glass programme.
On a two-week rotation, a selection of videos by Per Christian Brown, Boris Eldagsen, Eleonora Roaro, Mathilde Nardone are shown in the gallery’s shop windows as the COVID-19 situation in Germany doesn’t allow guests inside galleries and museums.

Luisa Catucci Gallery
Allerstraße 38
12049 Berlin (DE)

15th -28th February 2021
Eleonora Roaro

5 channel video | 06’02”| 1920 x 1080 HD 16:9 | Edition 3 + AP| 2015
Sound © Massimiliano Viel

“Tulipomania” is a video-installation that refers to a period in the Dutch Golden Age during which contract prices for a bulb of tulips skyrocketed and then suddenly collapsed. The soundtrack, created by Massimiliano Viel and performed by the Icarus Ensemble, consists of a piece for eight instruments entitled “Dance (on a March of Jean-Baptiste Lully)”. Each of the five videos shows a tulip undergoing a process of transformation that modifies its initial condition. This alteration evokes the conceit of impermanence (mujo in Japanese), conveying the feeling that everything is changeable and ephemeral. This way the tulip, from a symbol of economical speculation, becomes an allegory of every value attribution and illusion.