words Anna Bates
We went to the London preview of the Salone Internazionale del Mobile yesterday, where we found out that Welsh-born artist Cerith Wyn Evans has been chosen to create the Saloni's cultural project in the Palazzo Reale's courtyard this April.
Following some lengthy, simultaneously translated introductions, where the chief executive of Cosmit welcomed the new president, and the president welcomed the artist, Wyn Evans was given the floor to tell us what his grand plans were for the event.
Seated in his chair and looking a little nonplussed, the London-based conceptual artist thanked the president profusely, before mumbling slowly and quietly behind a sizeable white moustache "I don't really know what it will look like," and that he still wasn't sure his sketch would get past the municipality of Milan.
Asked what his idea behind the piece was, he paused for a while, and looked up slightly: "I'm not sure, I just kind of drew something in the air. Hopefully it will be something that will make people say ‘oh yes, that's quite nice', on their way to what they've come to see."
Made of neon tubing, the installation will take the place of Peter Greenaway's work Leonardo's Last Supper, which occupied the space last year. In some ways the 50-year-old seems an unusual choice for a fair that pitches itself at the youth, but we're looking forward to walking by.
Cosmit will also be hosting the exhibition Five Hundred Years of Great Italian Decorative Art and Design Side by Side at the Palazzo Reale, and the Love and Money exhibition by the British Council and the Design Embassy's hub will also be here.
top image Cerith Wyn Evans' Signatures of the Invisible
White Cube, Hoxton Square, London
30 November 2007 - 12 January 2008
images Stephen White, Courtesy Jay Jopling/ White Cube (London)