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“5779”, 11/12, Alice Ronchi “Ufo”, 2019


curated by Nicola Trezzi

1 Aug 2019 - 29 Aug 2019

Alice Ronchi
Ufo, 2019
aluminum, stainless steel
52 x 86 x 17 x cm

Ufo is a family of aluminum ‘bi-dimensional sculptures’ born from a series of free hand drawings featuring a bizarre variety of flying saucers (UFO stands for unidentified flying object) and inspired by the aesthetic imagery of such objects in the 1950s. I drew these forms with a gesture that is short and instinctive, I imposed to myself not to consult any visual reference before I started this entire series of drawings, therefore trying to work and source from what was my personal and imaginary UFO – my interpretation; this aspect has always fascinated me due to the fact that nobody (almost) ever saw these objects but everybody has his or her own personal visual interpretation of their particular ‘physiognomy’, their silhouette.”

– Alice Ronchi

Alice Ronchi’s Ufo is the eleventh chapter of “5779,” the exhibition project opening the first season of BUILDINGBOX, which is an independent space within the premises of BUILDING, characterized by its own unique program. The opening project, curated by Nicola Trezzi, opens on the week of Rosh HaShana, which is the beginning of the new year – the year 5779, as the title says – according to the Hebrew calendar.

Following these premises, a window gallery which is visible 24/7, and a calendar which consists, for this year, of 13 months (Nisan, Iyar, Sivan, Tammuz, Av, Elul, Tishrei, Marcheshvan, Kislev, Tevet, Shevat, Adar Aleph and its intercalary Adar Beth), “5779” is a group exhibition in which several artworks are not presented next to each other but rather one afterthe other. The structure of the calendar – day after day, month after month, year after year – becomes the guideline for the presentation of artworks by several artists; in doing so, this structure transforms the essence behind group exhibitions, from coexistence and juxtaposition to linearity and procession.

Furthermore, this specific format deconstructs the very core of the group exhibition format, which is, by definition, an exhibition in which several artworks, by several artists, are presented next to each other in a confined space and for a specific amount of time. With “5779” the idea of a group exhibition in which works of art by several artists appear, in the same space, one after the other – substituting one another, replacing one another – suggests an inversion in the equation at the base of exhibition making. Rather than rooting exhibition making into space, as it usually happens, this time the exhibition is rooted in time rather than space.


To reinforce the predominance of time over space, a complete overturning of exhibition making and of its premises, is the decision to display artworks that are not only on view 24/7 but also that are ‘fed’ by electricity – neon signs, works with light bulbs, videos, etc. –, works that are independent sources of light, “small suns” (although the Hebrew calendar is not purely solar but “lunisolar”) giving the rhythm of time.

Alice Ronchi’s Ufo will remain on view until August 29, during the days of Av. At the end of the 13 months (5779 is a leap yearand has Adar Aleph and its intercalary month Adar Beth) BUILDING will present a catalogue conceived as a calendar and featuring all the 13 artworks presented during the year, which will be revealed month after month.

Biographical notes

The work of Alice Ronchi (1989, Ponte dell’Olio, Italy; lives and works in Milan) has been the subject of solo and two-person exhibitions at Rolando Anselmi in Berlin, Francesca Minini in Milan, Mega in Milan, Galerie Fons Welters in Amsterdam, Peep-Hole at DRY in Milan and Gasconade in Milan.

She has participated in group exhibitions at Le Houloc in Aubervilliers (FR), MAXXI Museum in Rome, MAMbo in Bologna (IT), GAMeC at ex-carcere di Sant’Agata in Bergamo (IT), Nir Altman in Munich (DE), Sonnenstube in Lugano (CH), Narrative Project Gallery in London, SONS Museum in Kruishoutem (BE), Hawaii-Lisbon in Lisbon, A Plus A Gallery in Venice, MACRO in Rome, Stadtgalerie in Kiel (DE), Palazzo Reale in Milan, Zuidas Public Space in Amsterdam, Galleria Civica di Trento (IT), Galerie Mark Müller in Zurich, CO2 in Turin (IT), Palazzo della Permanente in Milan, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Turin (IT),  La Triennale in Milan and Il Crepaccio in Milan.

Her work has been presented in art fairs such as ARCO in Lisbon, Liste in Basel, Art Basel Hong Kong, ART-O-RAMA in Marseille and Art Géneve in Geneva.