NEWS
March 2019

PRADA PRESENTS “WHAT WAS I?”, THE EXHIBITION BY GOSHKA MACUGA AT PRADA RONG ZHAI

Prada presents at Rong Zhai, the historical residence in Shanghai recently restored, “What Was I?”, the exhibition project conceived by artist Goshka Macuga, with the support of Fondazione Prada.

“What Was I?” is a journey in the imaginary post-Anthropocene epoch, after the collapse of humankind due to the effects of technological overdevelopment. The protagonist and the only inhabitant of Prada Rong Zhai is an android, which constantly recites a monologue constructed from numerous excerpts of seminal speeches and reveals his personal art collection includes twenty-six works from the Prada Collection as well as three recent paper collages by the artist.

In Macuga’s fictional and post-apocalyptic universe, the exhibition explores the complexity of computer-like patterns and geometric shapes and creates an autonomous alphabet of forms. 

The android is surrounded by a constellation of works by Italian artists, who experimented in their works new ways to overcome the physical and symbolic limits of the canvas and employed unconventional materials that connected art to reality.

From 23 March to 2 June 2019 

Prada Rong Zhai - What Was I? - Goshka Macuga, 致吃掉书卷之人子 / To the Son of Man Who Ate the Scroll, 2016, photo by Alessandro Wang
Prada Rong Zhai - What Was I? - Alberto Burri, 裂纹 / Cretto, 1975 - Goshka Macuga, 致吃掉书卷之人子 / To the Son of Man Who Ate the Scroll, 2016 - Piero Manzoni, 无色 / Achrome, 1962 年前后 / 1962 ca., photo by Alessandro Wang
Prada Rong Zhai - What Was I? - Goshka Macuga, What Was I?, 2016, photo by Alessandro Wang
Prada Rong Zhai - What Was I? - Peter Fischli & David Weiss, 砖 / Brick, 2005 - Llyn Foulkes, 几何老师#2 / Geometry Teacher #2, 1973 - Richard Artschwager, 椅子/椅子 / Chair/chair, 1965, photo by Alessandro Wang
Prada Rong Zhai - What Was I? - Mario Merz, 伞 / Ombrello, 1967, photo by Alessandro Wang
Prada Rong Zhai - What Was I? - Turi Simeti, 红色标识 / Segno rosso, 1970 - Rachel Whiteread, 无题(凸面体)/ Untitled (Convex), 1993, photo by Alessandro Wang
Prada Rong Zhai - What Was I? – Lucio Fontana,空间概念,期望 / Concetto spaziale. Attese, 1959 - Nanda Vigo, 时空 / Cronotopo, 1965, photo by Alessandro Wang
Prada Rong Zhai - What Was I? - Goshka Macuga, 离散模型008号 / Discrete Model NO 008, 2018 - Nanda Vigo, 时空 / Cronotopo, 1965 - Jan Schoonhoven, 204个四边形 / 204 Quadrangles, 1965, photo by Alessandro Wang