PART OF THE EXHIBITION DYSFUNCTIONAL, GALLERIA GIORGIO FRANCHETTI ALLA CA' D'ORO, VENICE, ITALY, 2019
The art installation is a mystical constellation of feather-light and supple impressions of bubbles, whose iridescent surfaces reflect and refract light around the room. The artists incorporated gold into their work for the first time to echo Piaget’s savoir-faire in gold craftsmanship.
Bubbles appear throughout art history as an image of transience, most famously in Chardin’s Soap Bubbles (c. 1733-34), which depicts a boy blowing a bubble while another watches. The Verhoeven Twins have thus created a unique cultural artefact by transforming a symbolic image of brevity into an enduring object. In this sense, the work closely mirrors Venice itself, appearing so Fragile, yet possessing a steadfastness that exceeds expectations.