Carceri d’Invenzione di G-Battista Piranesi
A virtual animation of the 16 etchings from the Prisons (Carceri d’invenzione or ‘Imaginary Prisons’) by Giambattista Piranesi, 2010.
This series of 16 visionary images, originally etched by Piranesi when in his late 20’s, shows the workings of his imagination, merging his architectural ambitions with his obsessive interest in antiquity.
The 12 minute animation of Piranesi’s Carceri d’Invenzione series was shown in an exhibition by Fondazione Cini, Factum Arte and Michele de Lucchi who designed a wood projection tower to show the film.
Working from the second state of each print, a complex 3D environment has been assembled creating the sensation that you are walking into and around these contradictory and visionary spaces. The Carceri are the ‘prisons of Piranesi’s imagination’.
"Watching Grégoire Dupond’s animation is literally like entering Piranesi’s mind."
The animation was shown at the following exhibitions or events:
2017 – Palazzo Belloni, Bologna
2016 – Pushkin Museum, Moscow
2015 – Musée Des Beaux-Arts de Chambéry
2014 – Sir John Soane´s Museum, London
2014 – V&A, Architects as Artists, London
2014 – LWL-Industriemuseum, Dortmund
2013 – Museum of Art, San Diego
2012 – Caixaforum Barcelona
2012 – CaixaForum Madrid
2012 – Conference at the Center for Philosophy, Tokyo University
2010 – Fondazione Cini, Isola di San Giorgio, Venezia