No man’s land – site-specific installation by Jona Friedman and Jean-Baptiste Decavèle

On Saturday 14 May 2016 at 12pm, the Fondazione ARIA will open the site-specific installation No man’s land by Yona Friedman and Jean-Baptiste Decavèle at Contrada Rotacesta in Loreto Aprutino (Pescara). The project emerged from the significant collaboration between the artists, ARIA, Cecilia Casorati, the foundation’s artistic director, Zerynthia Association and Mario Pieroni, who donated the ground on which the installation has been constructed.

The installation is the largest ever made by Friedman, the French-Hungarian artist and architect, born in 1923, a visionary and original thinker whose considerations have become a point of reference for contemporary culture.

In recent years Friedman’s work has been reappraised by the contemporary art world and he has been invited to the eleventh Documenta in Kassel and to various editions of the Venice Biennale; from June his Summer House will be open to visitors at the Serpentine in London. Finally, his entire archive – photographs, notes, sketches and letters – has recently been acquired by the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles.

The artist’s starting point is the consideration that the world is already too built up and that architecture ought therefore to be rethought. It is not a case of building new structures but rather of building new images.

The “image” that Yona Friedman has created and constructed in Loreto Aprutino (Pescara) along with the artist Jean-Baptiste Decavèle, with whom he has already collaborated for some years, extends over more than two hectares of countryside and is composed of a large natural tapestry made of white river stones, a structure of 1000 bamboo canes recalling the artist’s museum without walls, and an imaginary dictionary carved into over 200 walnut trees. The construction has seen the active participation of the students of the Rome Academy of Fine Art, the Pescara Faculty of Architecture and the Art Schools of the area, becoming as such a privileged place for the renewal of educational processes and for the spreading of culture.

No man’s land is proposed as a model for social and ethical change – repeatable in any place in the world – to cancel the idea of property, to transform a private asset into a common one, following a sustainable course that returns the place unto itself. The negative implication of no man’s land, a land without rules, here assumes a positive meaning: no man’s land is a gift that art gives to all.

Over the years this place will be managed by the new, homonymous No Man’s Land Foundation, created specifically and currently in the process of being recognised, the aim of which being to give life to to a programme that does not end with the conservation and fruition of Friedman’s work, but that will nourish new initiatives curated in situ thanks to a synergy with the Fondazione ARIA – Adriatic Industrial Foundation. The aim is that of exporting the model of “non-property” to other places, inspiring a series of initiatives on the theme of evolution of territorial culture, according to Friedman’s participative philosophy.

ARIA, born in 2011 and composed of managers, educators, professionals, artists, intellectuals and associations from Abruzzo, promotes the territory by carrying out cultural initiatives on an international scale with sustainable development, planned in a way that is economically virtuous and sociably useful.

From May 14th, the day of the opening of the exhibition, a contest on Instagram will be launched. Taking part is easy. Just take a photograph of the installation No Man’s Land and share it with the hashtag #friedmandecavele. Every week the best photo will be published on the page of the exhibition #friedmannomansland. Of those selected images a winner will be chosen who will be awarded a wellness program for two at the Spa of the Villa Maria Hotel in Francavilla a Mare. The deadline for the contest is June 15th.



Contrada Rotacesta – Loreto Aprutino (Pescara)

with poetry reading


La Limonaia Terre di Varano (Contrada Varano 1, Catignano, Pescara)
About No man’s land

Pascal Beausse, Head of the Photographic Collections at the Centre National des Arts Plastiques, Parigi LorenzoBenedetti, ArtCriticandCurator
Cecilia Casorati, Art Critic and Artistic Director of Fondazione ARIA
Yona Friedman (video speech) and Jean-Baptiste Decavèle
Lorenzo Benedetti, Art critic and curator
Domenico D’Orsogna, Professor Adminstrative Law, Università degli Studi di Sassari
Raffaella Morselli, Professor History of Modern Art, Università degli Studi di Teramo
Norbert Palz, Professor Digital and Experimental Design, Universität der Kunste Berlin

Concluding with the presentation of the book Galleria Pieroni 1970 -1992, ed. Di Paolo, preview

Shuttle bus service provided from/to Rome (whilst seats last)
Meeting: Saturday 14 May 2016, 8.30h
Piazza della Repubblica, Rome

For more information on the shuttle service please contact the press office: (Maria Bonmassar)

Contrada Rotacesta – Loreto Aprutino (Pescara)

La Limonaia Terre di Varano
Contrada Varano 1, Catignano (Pescara)