Enel Contemporanea 2011: Carsten Höller
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On Thursday night I was lucky enough to be able to attend the preview party at MACRO for Enel Contemporanea 2011. For the past five years Enel, Italy’s largest power provider, has sponsored a competition for artists to submit art projects based on the theme of energy. This year the winner was Belgian artist Carsten Höller, who made me go back to memories of local carnivals with his huge installation entitled “Double Carousel with Zöllner Stripes.” The enormous structures slowly moved with their swings going in opposite directions and I must admit it was quite amusing seeing the elite of Rome’s art scene taking turns in the chairs while attempting to look elegant.
The entire night was carnival themed and I couldn’t keep the smile off my face between watching the ride and getting to eat cotton candy for the first time since I was a kid. The exhibit runs through February 26 and if you haven’t gotten the chance to visit MACRO yet, Höller’s work is a good excuse to make a visit.