Nanda Vigo: Space Without Time

Research without limits

By La Galleria Nazionale

Cronotopo (1964) by Vigo NandaLa Galleria Nazionale

Artist, architect, designer, Nanda Vigo has gone through her career without ever limiting her research to only one of these subjects, she has continued to experiment in a unique and multidisciplinary way.

Cronotopo (1964) by Vigo NandaLa Galleria Nazionale

After studying architecture in Switzerland, she spent a period in the United States and in the late 1950s she returned to Milan, there she opened her own studio in 1959.

From that moment the main theme of her research becomes the conflict and the harmony between light and space, a theme that the artist also applies to her work as architect and designer.

Cronotopo (1964) by Vigo NandaLa Galleria Nazionale

During the 1960s she developed professional and friendship bonds with artists such as Piero Manzoni and Lucio Fontana, who, like her, investigated the relationship between space and light.

Nanda Vigo in this period began to use transparent materials, such as crystal, smooth or printed glass, plexiglass and steel, materials that capture light, reflect and refract it, especially when combined.

Cronotopo (1964) by Vigo NandaLa Galleria Nazionale

The Cronotopo are born from the interest in these materials.

Cronotopo (1964) by Vigo NandaLa Galleria Nazionale

The Cronotopo are a sort of boxes, in various sizes in which the transparent materials overlap each other, and sometimes also contain some neon.

In this way these works capture the light, and make it "concrete" because it is through the interaction with the materials that it becomes visible.

But at the same time the trick of the light that these materials produce make it difficult to understand what the real shape of light is, so the perception of the visitor enters an indefinable space without dimension and out of time.

Cronotopo (1964) by Vigo NandaLa Galleria Nazionale

A few years later, the experiments with Cronotopo will become real spatial installations, environments which it is possible to enter in and live a perceptive experience like that of Cronotopo but amplified.

Cronotopo (1964) by Vigo NandaLa Galleria Nazionale

In doing so, Nanda Vigo makes sure that the light, while perceived with the senses, brings the observer's mind into a poetic and suspended dimension, at times almost mystical.

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