TABLEAU VIVANT
FACT SHEET

THE TABLEAU VIVANT IS PART OF A SINGLE PROJECT THAT PROVIDES BOTH A THEATRICAL PERFORMANCE AND A MONUMENT TO BE LOCATED IN OUR CITY. TOGETHER, MONUMENT, PERFORMANCE AND TABLEAU VIVANT, WITH DIFFERENT MODES OF EXPRESSION HAVE BEEN DESIGNED BY ARTIST FERRUCCIO ASCARI, AS A WORK IN PROGRESS: DEVELOPED ON THE OCCASION OF THE 50th ANNIVERSARY OF THE MASSACRE OF PIAZZA FONTANA, ITS PURPOSE IS TO FILL A VACUUM OF COLLECTIVE MEMORY AND REMEMBER NOT ONLY THE VICTIMS OF THAT MASSACRE, BUT ALL THOSE WHO FOLLOWED UP UNTIL BOLOGNA STATION IN 1980.

The tableau vivant recalls the moment of the explosion in the BANCA NAZIONALE DELL’AGRICOLTURA in Milan: 17 actants, numbering the victims of the Piazza Fontana massacre, plus one, Pino Pinelli, lay on the ground in different postures. On their bodies covered with translucent raincoats, shroud like, a video is projected that recalls the massacres that took place  starting with that of Piazza Fontana in 1969 up to Bologna station in 1980. The bodies fell to the ground, stuck in their last moments of life, becoming screens that brought to mind those dramatic events.

The soundtrack is a revival of the materials that the artist himself reworked for the occasion, starting from Vibractions, his sound installation of 1978, an opera composed of 25 photographs  whose score is in the Museo del Novecento Collection.

The founding element of the tableau vivant, as in other previous works by Ferruccio Ascari, the interaction between different linguistic planes through the activation of a dense web of relationships between body, light, sound, space. A journey into memory and time in which the visual elements are interwound with a suggestive sound track.