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Bettina Pousttchi - Metropolitan Life

Edited book
Authors G. Altea
A. Camarda
Markus Miessen
ISBN 978-3-85881-826-3

Publisher Scheidegger & Spiess
Place of publication Orani, Italy
Publication year 2018
Published at School of Design and Crafts
Language en
Keywords Bettina Pousttchi, Museo Nivola, memory, history, transnational perspective
Subject categories History and Archaeology, Philosophy, Ethics and Religion, Arts


Since the late 2000s, German-Iranian artist Bettina Pousttchi has been creating works at the intersection of sculpture, architecture, and photography. Her large-scale installations investigate the history and memory of places, exploring the connections between time and space from a transnational perspective, and have gained her international recognition and praise. This book features Pousttchi’s new photographic installation at Nivola Museum in Orani on the Italian island of Sardinia. She chose the Metropolitan Life Building on 1 Madison Avenue in Manhattan as her subject for this piece. Criticized for its blatant Italian references at the time of its completion in 1909 — and the world’s tallest structure until 1913 — the building displays a hybrid identity, recalling cultural and temporal-spatial dislocations between the Old and the New World, Renaissance and Modernism. Published alongside the images of Metropolitan Life and other works by Pousttchi are an essay by art historian Greg Foster-Rice and a conversation between the artist, critic, and curator Hans Ulrich Obrist and architect and writer Markus Miessen.

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