When i was in Art Basel, last year, i had the chance to meet Simon Fujiwara, thanks to Umberto di Marino. He was tired, haunted by press and art dealers. At the end of Art Basel Umberto gave me the booklet made in 2007 by the artist, including detailed plans for a fictional museum. Basel was enthusiast about his way of creating tales.
Now Giò Marconi is presenting the exhibition An Arabian Mistery, same theme, different story: “When an ancient, giant stone phallus sculpture was discovered under the foundations of a new museum under construction in the ‘Arabian desert’, naturally there was panic. No photographs were taken, and no record of it’s discovery or disappearance exist. Some say it was destroyed, others saw an unlabeled crate departing for ‘destination unknown’..”. You can find out more on Giò Marconi’s website, with also the installation view from Manifesta.
Sustained by the magazine Fantastic Man, Simon Fujiwara lives and works between Berlin and London. In 2011 he won the South Bank Arts Awards, as emerging visual artist. In 2010 he won the Baloise Art Prize, for Art Basel 41 and the Cartier Award for Frieze Art Fair. His works are in the collections of Fondazione Prada, Milan.
Selected by Ingrid Melano