Wolf 359 c/M+M
Informed by the worlds of art, architecture, natural sciences and engineering, Tomás Saraceno’s floating sculptures and interactive installations propose new, sustainable ways of inhabiting the environment. Embodying one of the core concepts in Saraceno's work, Wolf 359 c/M+M from the Connectome series, presents a model of life floating in space and suggests an architectural vision of the future. Suspended from the ceiling as if a luminous cloud or a collection of beautiful bubbles, the complex geometric shape of the modules are derived from the artist's continued experimentation with a structure termed the "Weaire-Phelan Model," which describes an idealized mathematical geometry of foam. The mesmerizing visual quality of the sculpture results from the reflectivity of the metal panels that alter and re-present the surrounding architecture and inhabitants of Denning House.
About the artist
Tomás Saraceno b. 1973, Tucuman, Argentina
Saraceno studied architecture at Universidad Nacional de Buenos Aires in Argentina from 1992 to 1999 and received postgraduate degrees from Escuela Superior de bellas Ares de la Nación Ernesto de la Carcova, Buenos Aires (2000) and Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste - Städelschule-Frankfurt am Main (2003). In 2009, he attended the International Space Studies Program at NASA Center Ames in Silicon Valley, CA, and was awarded the prestigious Calder Prize later that year.
Among his many exhibitions since the late 1990s, Saraceno’s important solo presentations include Particular Matter(s) currently on view at The Shed, New York (2022), Event Horizon, Cisternerne, Copenhagen (2032), ARIA, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, Italy (2020), ON AIR, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France (2019), Tomás Saraceno: Aerographies The Utopian Practitioner and Visionary, Fosun Foundation Shanghai, Shanghai, China (2019), Tomás Saraceno: How to Entangle the Universe in a Spider Web, Museo de Arte Moderno Buenos Aires, Argentina (2017), Wilhelm-Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen, Germany (2017) Stillness in Motion — Cloud Cities, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA (2016), Cosmic Jive, Tomas Saraceno: The Spider Sessions, Villa Croce in Genoa, Italy (2014), Tomás Saraceno, HfG Karlsruhe in Karlsruhe, Germany (2014), In orbit, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen K21 in Düsseldorf (2013), On Space time foam, Hangar Bicocca in Milan (2012-13), Tomas Saraceno on the Roof: Cloud City, a site-specific installation commissioned for The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2012), Cloud Specific, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, St. Louis (2011-12), Cloud Cities, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2011-12), 14 billion, Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm (2010), traveled to BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK (2011), Lighter than Air, Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis, traveled to Blaffer Art Museum, University of Houston, Texas(2009-10).
Saraceno also presented two major installations at the 58th Venice Biennale in 2019 as part of the group exhibition, May You Live In Interesting Times, curated by Ralph Rugoff. In 2009, he was included in the 53rd Venice Biennale as part of the group exhibition, Fari Mondi//Making Worlds, curated by Daniel Birnbaum.
His work is presently represented in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Miami Art Museum, Dallas Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean in Luxembourg, Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt, Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, Canada, among others.
Saraceno currently lives and works in Berlin.