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R & R Studios' Work in PUBLIC ART (China)

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R & R Studios' Work in PUBLIC ART (China)

By UM News
Works by U-SoA Professor Behar and his partner Rosario Marquardt, drive continued efforts for cultural exchange with China




Roberto Behar & Rosario Marquardt

R & R Studios

R & R STUDIOS work is based on a critique of the built environment and the way it impacts everyday life. The aim of their practice is to reclaim, enhance and develop the public dimension of the city. They resist the privatization of public space and seek to produce a public architecture that emphasizes the communal and civic dimension of life. Roberto & Rosario understand their practice as experiments in public space that might imbue the construction of the city with new meaning and emotion. R & R STUDIOS weaves together visual arts, architecture, design and the city. Texts, drawings, models, installations and architectural projects are all part of a web of interconnected ideas that feed into each other proposing encounters of stories and spaces, which alternate between the political and the poetical, the quotidian and the fantastic, the real and the utopian. The project of the studio is simple: to aim to produce artworks for the pursuit of public pleasure for all, social monuments that erase boundaries between art and life suggesting “imaginary solutions” for a better world. 

Text by Teresa Vila, PhD (特雷莎·维拉 T eresa Vila / 文)

Teresa Vila completed her Ph.D. at Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Italy. She's a researcher at Università di Padova and a playwriter.

仲清 Zhong Qing / 译 R & R 工作室 / 供图

摘要:由罗伯特·贝哈尔与罗赛里奥·马奎特合作组成 的R & R工作室,是一个将视觉艺术、建筑、设计和城 市空间交织在一起的跨学科“实验室”。正如一位评论家 所说,他们是“充满希望的建筑师”,将故事与空间编排 在一起,游走于个人与公共、平凡与卓越、诗意与政治 之间。他们的作品消除了艺术与生活之间的边界,为营 造一个美好的世界提出充满想象的方案。本文通过介 绍具有代表性的作品,反映了R&R工作室的艺术创作特 征——即运用超现实主义的设计方式,创造一个强大的 公共空间,从而产生极大的吸引力。 关键词:R & R工作室;公共空间;情感纪念碑

R & R Studios, the collaborative office of Roberto Behar and Rosario Marquardt is a multidisciplinary practice weaving together visual arts, architecture, design and the city. Celebrated, as one critic put it “as architects of hope” their works propose encounters of stories and spaces, which alternate between the personal and the public, the quotidian and the extraordinary, the poetical and the political. R & R Studios works erase boundaries between art and life and suggest “imaginary solutions” for a better world. By introducing the representative works, this paper shows the artistic creation characteristics of the R & R Studios, to create a powerful public space, thus creating great projects by surreal design.

Keywords: R & R Studios

Perfect Objects

An artwork’s potential for interpretation resides in its ability to open up a multitude of meanings. The works by R & R Studios (Roberto Behar & Rosario Marquardt) are able to do this, but they also activate dichotomies that make it impossible for the viewer to walk away unaffected. These opposing meanings are poles of a paradox that make the work dynamic. However, the paradox is never resolved: the meanings rely on passers-by to bring them all onto the same level and to renegotiate their significance. At the same time, the power of the symbol lies precisely in its being a specific shape, a form that is stable, concise, closed, evocable and recognizable in any context. A ‘dynamic symmetry’, as Roberto Behar and Rosario Marquardt would define it. Art projects by R & R can be interpreted in ways that are diametrically opposed, yet these sharp contrasts do not translate into tormented, frayed, undefined forms. On the contrary, the shape is defined, like the well-aligned center of gravity of a complete figure. Similarly to the paintings of René Magritte, this form of surrealism is not obscured by vague trappings, but rather presented in the clear light of midday: its use of sharp images presented on flat backgrounds allow the slightest movement of a small colored brick to trigger a chain reaction in the mind of the beholder. In Magritte’s blue sky, so real and so fake, the slightest shifts of meaning, disguised in perfectly realistic perspectives, open up chasms that the painter seems to want to reveal. An example of this is the Voice of the Winds (1931), which again features clearly defined, complete forms – three spherical objects – that, with their impassibility, collapse an entire system of meanings. An architecture of new orders of magnitude, the public art of Rosario Marquardt and Roberto Behar, in its seraphic immobility, seems to contradict all the latest advertising techniques that employ metalepsis and immersive and interactive features. R & R’s works do not attempt to create this kind of Byzantine trompe-l'oeil of non-existent, fake movement. Its solidity is in itself an action: a powerful creation of a social space with a strong dynamic centripetal force. The colors are vibrant, but do not leave space for lacerating contrasts such as white against black: R & R have re-invented a palette of juxtaposed colors that stimulate a rereading of tradition. The palette is related to artists like the Mexican architect Luis Barragán, – a dreamlike and popular (‘popular’ in the sense of folk and pop) cultural baggage blunting the sharp and pure ridges of contemporary art. The form of R & R’s works always presents a deep, subdued emotional result; it is welcoming and speaks to us about us. We can take it with us. Yet, in their apparent quietness, while they seem to be asleep, the works return us to powerful dichotomies, opening up questions that won’t leave us alone. Roberto Behar and Rosario Marquardt have complete confidence in their works – works that rather than express impossible twists or communicative anxieties – because of their large scale, exude a sense of serenity, kindness and magnanimity towards the little spectator. This sense of serenity is vaguely ironic.


对艺术作品之所以能有多种诠释,是因为 作品本身展现出了多样化的意象。R & R工作室 的作品在做到这一点的同时,又能创造出冲突 感,使观者难以释怀。这些作品中截然相悖的 意象不断碰撞,产生出火花,却无法和解:最 终如何对一件艺术品进行诠释,说到底还是要 观者糅合各个层面的意义,整合出他们自己的 解读。与此同时,符号的强大力量在于其具有特 定的形态特征:稳定、简明、封闭,无论何时 何地都能唤起记忆,轻易识别。正如R & R工作 室的设计师罗伯特·贝哈尔(Roberto Behar)与罗赛里奥·马奎特(Rosario Marquardt) 对符号所做的定义:这是一个“动态对称”的系 统。R & R的艺术项目能让人做出截然相反的解 读,但这些对立并不会让作品的形式显得支离 破碎或面目模糊,恰恰相反,作品呈现出的是 一种线条清晰、重心平衡的视觉气质。与雷内·马格利特(René Magritte,1898—1967)的画作类似,这种超现实主义的设计表 达无意于粉饰与遮掩,而是毫不犹疑地将自己 呈现在明亮的光线中:它将线条犀利的图形置 于单一的背景之上,因此哪怕是一小块色彩的 移位都会触发观者一系列的内心反应。马格利 特作品中的蓝天是如此的真实而虚幻,画面中 完美图形所隐藏的微小的不规则,就是创作者

有意留下的 “裂痕”,足以让人玩味。正如其作 品《风之声》(1931),呈现的是明确而完整 的形式:三个飘浮在天空中的球体,它们不可 名状,让人匪夷所思。设计师罗赛里奥·马奎特与罗伯特·贝哈 尔所创造的公共艺术建筑体量巨大,如天神般 岿然不动,与当下流行的隐喻、沉浸、互动式 的广告方式似乎截然相反,但他们的作品本就 无意于拜占庭艺术那种用平面线条和平涂色彩 塑造动态的伪视觉效果,反而属意于用作品的 实际形体进行直接表达:创造一个强大的公共 社会空间以形成强大的动态向心力。 他们的作品色彩强烈,但并不会给人以 黑白对比式的撕裂感:罗赛里奥和罗伯特受墨 西哥建筑师路易斯·巴拉甘(Luis Barragán, 1902—1988)等人的启发,将对比色进行了重 新调和——柔化了现当代艺术风格中锐利的色 彩,调整后的梦幻般美丽的颜色对比对传统进 行了全新的解读。他们的作品总是呈现出一种 深刻、温柔的情感效果,仿佛在无声的对话中 透析我们的一切,留下无限柔情。而在这样睡 着般的静谧中,我们却更想要去追问,无法就 这样走开。罗赛里奥和罗伯特对他们的作品充 满信心——这些作品不是急于去展示什么曲折 的情节或表达的焦虑,它们庞大的形体无声面 对着渺小的观众,散发着宁静、慈悲与宽容。 这种庞大与弱小之间的相安无事,又带给我们


Let’s begin at the beginning. The first example of a large-scale intervention by R & R dates back to 1996 and celebrates Miami centennial. A first centennial in the history of cities suggests that Miami is a work in progress and that the city is at a foundational stage. Big and small meet at the entrance of the metro, designed by Roberto Behar and Rosario Marquardt: “the biggest M of the world” consists of a giant toy letter: one of those little letters that we played with as children to combine and recombine the secrets of the alphabet. Like one of the metaphysical biscuits of Giorgio De Chirico, the M firstly performs a decidedly prosaic function: it helps pedestrians to locate an entrance to the city’s subway. Yet its unexpected proportions arouse surprise in the passer-by, immediately emancipating the work from its context. With the puzzle-like possibilities of a giant miniature, it becomes the M of Miami, Megalopolis, Miracles, Memory, Mother... a Model of Multiple Meaning. Nomen omen: the name indicates a premonition and a destiny. The M, in the act of naming, invents a story and asks the passerby for his or her own contribution. In this way, the urban symbol frees itself from its function, its unequivocal correlation with a geographical point, and transgresses the relationship with its surroundings to present itself playfully to the beholder. It is not ‘concerned with satisfying a need’ like construction but ‘poses questions’ like architecture, highlighting, in its collocation between two highways of downtown Miami, a critique to the serious lack of public space in the contemporary city.


罗赛里奥和罗伯特的第一个大型作品要 追溯到1996年迈阿密市的百年华诞。这是现代 城市史上的首个百年庆典活动,它要传达的是 迈阿密作为一个现代都市,已建立起良好的基 础,未来可期。为此,两位设计师将市里的一 处地铁入口设计成世界最大的字母“M”。雄伟的 “M”与渺小的人们在此相遇时,这高大的字母却 让人想起小时候最常把玩的拼读玩具字母——这世界已然颠倒。 正如乔治·德·基里科(Giorgio De Chirico,1888—1978)抽象作品中所画的一块饼干,巨型《M》的实际功能平凡到不能 再平凡:帮行人迅速找到地铁入口。但它惊 人的比例很容易引起路人不经意的解读。这 个巨型放大版的儿时字母玩具,可以作为很 多单词的首字母:迈阿密(Miami)、都市(Megalopolis)、奇迹(Miracle)、记忆

(Memory)、母亲(Mother)……可谓是“具 有多重意义的模型”。姓名决定论认为,名字预 示命运,这一作品名为“M”,可以作为单词的首 字母,给路人脑海中的故事起一个头。由此,类似的城市地标摆脱了单一的功能 性。它们与城市中的特定地点紧密相关,却又 以与周遭环境极不协调的面貌出现,调皮地向 路人展示自己。普通建筑施工关注的是能不能 “满足功能需求”,而此类地标更像城市的点睛 之笔,意在追问。就像这座名为《不分你我》的艺术地标,立于迈阿密市中心两座高架桥的 汇合处,对当代城市里公共空间的日益局促进 行着无声的诘问。


With the installation All Together Now (Denver, 2007), Roberto Behar and Rosario Marquardt continue working on a fragment of a major discourse, a toy among toys. They rightly point to the work of artist and writer Alberto Savinio, eclectic and multifaceted brother of Giorgio de Chirico and, in particular, the painting Monumento ai Giocattoli (1959), which brings real things to life in a pre-logical phase of colored stripes, geometrical polyhedrons, toys and cogs. The artist pair invites us to reflect on the etymology of the adjective ‘monumental’ – a word that can evoke the pretentious and distant – and discover similarities with its apparent antonym, ‘intimate’. The imposing toy column All Together Now, together with a long yellow bench and diamond painted wall is at once intimate and monumental. Monument in Latin is mònere, ‘to remember’, joined with ‘mentum’, which forms nouns from verbs. All Together Now speaks to the public, to the community, and in effect reminds passersby, specifically adults, of their intimate, playful childhood. With apparent simplicity but total precision, R & R aim to build emotional ‘public’ monuments; monuments to our ‘private’, personal emotional past. We cannot help but refer to a past idyll, our personal idealized childhood, as we view it from the exile of adulthood. All Together Now draws directly from our memory by playing with citation, in this case from a song by The Beatles (but also all choruses that are sung all together) which, like Proust’s madeleine, can reference without verbal mediation the most precise and vivid sensory memories. We re-live a very clear moment of our personal past, and we see it resonate with the city in a dimension that can be shared with others. We are the city; we make it and it makes us. Yet, at the same time, mònere is of course a reminder to ‘make present’, an admonition, a warning that has shades of darkness, with roots in the Greek mnémeion: an object fit to memorialize the life of an illustrious man, the funeral monument. Thus, childhood and the end of life intersect in another example of pairs of opposites. These return with ever more urgency in Supernova (2018), the latest installation by R & R Studios.


《不分你我》是罗赛里奥和罗伯特所创 作的“公共与私人”主题下众多作品中的一件。说到这里,就不得不提艺术家、作家阿尔伯 特·沙维尼欧(Alberto Savinio,1891—1952), 他的作品很像是乔治·德·基里科的孪生兄 弟,但由于在风格上的弱化而更具多面性。最具代表性的便是其画作《玩具纪念碑》(Monumento ai Giocattoli),画面中是堆放在一起的彩色条纹、各种多面体、玩具和齿轮,就像儿童在发展出逻辑认知阶段之前玩玩具的 方式。《不分你我》正是从阿尔伯特·沙维 尼欧作品的这种风格中获得了灵感,将玩具堆 叠。他们的作品往往让我们想起形容词 “monumental”(纪念)的词源:它由名词 “monument”而来,其在拉丁语中由“mònere” (记住/警示),加上名词后缀“mentum”组 成。Monumental所包含的公然与昭示之意给 人以很强的距离感,它的反义词则是“intimate” (亲密无间)。气势宏伟的玩具立柱“不分你 我”,与后面黄色的长椅和菱形方格图案的墙面一起,创造出一种既严肃警醒又亲密无间的独 特效果。《不分你我》寻求与公众和社会的对话,唤起成年人对自己孩童时代的温暖回忆。R&R 工作室通过简洁、精确的表达,试图建立起公 众的情感纪念碑,通向我们极其个人化的情感 过往。成年的我们已是满身风雨,而当目光停 留在这座纪念碑上,耳畔响起的是最完美动听 的童年欢歌。对《不分你我》的直接记忆来自 披头士乐队的同名歌曲(也是副歌中一直重复 吟唱的一句),就像普鲁斯特在《追忆似水年 华》中写到的那块唤起他童年记忆的玛德莲娜 蛋糕,不用言语,熟悉而深刻的感官记忆让某一时刻瞬间重现。我们对过往寻声而去,同时 通过这样的公共艺术作品而感到个人记忆与这 座城市产生共鸣,似乎他人也能看到我们脑中 的画面,听懂我们内心的声音。此刻,我们与 这座城市融为一体。然而,拉丁语“mònere”含有警示之意,蓦 然间投下一片阴影,现实暗淡——“mònere”的 词源来自希腊语“mnémeio”,意为纪念某位杰出 人物生平的墓碑。至此,充满希冀的童年与生 命的终点在这里交汇,产生了又一对矛盾。这 样的冲突在R & R工作室的最新作品《超新星》(2018)上得到了迫切的体现。


We began at the beginning; now in one leap we are at the end. Supernova is a project that has been part of R & R’s research for many years, but it was built on a grand scale at the Coachella Festival in April 2018. A supernova (nova, according to the Romans, who saw it light up for the first time) is a star born as it dies because it is, in fact, the immense final explosion of the life of a star. Once again, this work, so steeped in symbolism, has the shapes and colors of a toy, even if it represents something large, enormous, the consummate achievement. With its paradoxes, Supernova is not only the symbolic center of the space but also a powerful talisman that directs the aesthetic reflection of the viewer towards a wider urban whole. Instead of searching for futuristic effects, Supernova brings off the symmetrical synthesis of a renaissance toy. R & R furnish the city as if they were dealing with one of the innumerable geometric utopian cities designed in the 16th century and illuminated by the crystalline light of the zenith (and not of the tropic). In the heat of the desert around Indio, California, the men of the European renaissance return with their neo-Platonic faith. The work is perfectly in harmony with the laws of reality demanded by the context into which it has been inserted. It makes perfect sense to itself, echoing Paolo Uccello’s studies of perspective, his complex mathematical calculations that ignore the perishability of matter. The whole world is part of a model, not vice versa. The toy-like form of Supernova, a multicolored flourish, takes the tiny symmetrical object of our childhood to the holistic dimension of a perfect society, of the harmony of the cosmos. Moreover, for Marsilio Ficino, it is the (albeit brief) animula vagula umana (poor, restless human soul), the third essence, that posits itself as a universal bond and conduit to earthly, material unity and infinite, divine dimensions. The dodecahedron at SUPERNOVA’s core is made up of pentagonal planes and is one of only five regular mathematically possible polyhedra. Plato, as far as we know, was first in stating that it ‘represents the true form of the universe’. The author of The Republic, progenitor of many utopian cities, examines objects from the smallest size to those of infinitely large dimensions in search of hidden congruencies. Supernova, cosmic toy, possible plaything of the divine-being who still has fun with dice. The centralizing power of the regular polyhedron was an attractive concept in the 15th century, a period in which hidden geometries were sought in everything. Piero della Francesca, the painter of mathematics, could not help but be fascinated by the idea of there being only five possible Platonic polyhedra. As well as using them as ‘guidelines’ for the composition of his paintings, he wrote a treatise, the Libellus de quinque corporibus regularibus (Pamphlet on the five regular bodies), as he considered drawing polyhedra to be a useful tool for practicing perspective. Paolo Uccello was a painter obsessed with the power of polyhedra. In the early 15th century mosaic for the floor of St Mark’s Basilica in Venice, he even goes so far as to depict the regular form of a small stellated dodecahedron. This was a century and a half before the astronomer Kepler added new regular, concave polygons to the already known convex polygons. A cosmic passe-partout. 


“超新星”多年来一直是R & R工作室的研 究项目之一,直到2018年4月才在著名的加州 科切拉(Coachella)音乐节上最终落成。超新 星(据说罗马人最早看到新星爆炸时发出的光 芒)是恒星在演化接近末期时经历的一种剧烈 爆炸,来自超新星爆炸向外膨胀的激波可以触 发新恒星的形成,是新与旧的代谢更迭。《超 新星》作为极具象征意义的作品,在代表了壮 阔而完美的宇宙活动的同时,同样代入了经典 玩具的形状和色彩。凭借其本身所体现的矛盾 性,“超新星”不仅仅象征着宇宙的中心,更像 是引导观众对城市的整体审美思考的一个符 号。

《超新星》并没有追求未来主义的效果,它带给我们的是一个有着文艺复兴气质的“玩 具”式作品。R & R工作室如装饰16世纪充满了 几何图形的乌托邦城市一般,用“超新星”点亮 了整个印第奥市。在印第奥周围沙漠中的滚滚 热浪中,欧洲文艺复兴时期的新柏拉图主义似 乎得到了回归,《超新星》放射出光芒与色 彩、活力与希望,与整个活动相得益彰。它本 身的设计吸收了著名意大利画家、数学家保 罗·乌切洛(Paolo Uccello,1397—1475)的透 视法。保罗沉迷于透视,对他来说,精确的消 失点比任何事物都更加永恒:世界是某种模型 的组成部分,而不是反过来。

《超新星》以玩具的面貌出现,把我们 儿时那个小小的玩具无限放大成对一个完美社 会、和谐宇宙的企盼与寻觅。文艺复兴时期新 柏拉图主义的捍卫者马尔西利(Marsilio Ficino, 1433—1499)曾把贫穷的、不安分的人类灵魂 比作宇宙的第三类实质,只有它才能将易逝的 人间俗世与无限的神圣维度最终连为一体。《超新星》核心部位的正十二面体是数学上仅 有的五种正多面体之一,由五边形平面组成。而众所周知,柏拉图是称“正十二面体代表了宇 宙真实形态”的第一人,这位《理想国》的作 者、许多乌托邦城市的开宗者,试图在最不起 眼的小物体和无限巨大的维度之间,寻找它们 隐藏着的共同的全等形。“超新星”就像是神圣 的造物者在玩掷骰子游戏中的一枚宇宙玩具。正多面体在15世纪极具吸引力,发掘万事 万物中的几何形态成为研究风潮。皮耶罗·德 拉·弗朗西斯卡(Piero della Francesca, 1415—1492),意大利文艺复兴早期的画家兼数学家,对只有五种正多面体的想法深深着迷。他不仅 将正多面体作为自己绘画构图的“指南”,还写了一篇名为《五种正多面体手册》的论文,认为 绘制多面体是练习透视视角的有效工具。前面提到的保罗·乌切洛也是一位沉迷于 多面体魅力的画家。他在15世纪早期以正十二 面体为基础,在威尼斯圣马克大教堂的马赛克 地板上绘制了一个立体芒星的图案。这比天文 学家开普勒在已知的凸多边体上添加新的正凹 面形要早一个半世纪,打开了描绘宇宙形态的 大门。


The star form appears in a number of projects by Rosario Marquardt and Roberto Behar: as a sculpture, a fountain – even the perimeter of an island. As happens with innumerable of their other objects, constants of an ideal third space of peace – in sizes varying from the architectural model-toy of The Lost Steps, (2000-2017) to the imposing 12 feet tall installation (and equally fragile) House of Cards (2003) at the Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) – they acquire, in their interaction with their surroundings, new readings and new meanings. R & R miniature utopian pòleis are not only a place where artistic works are ensembled but also a theoretic space within whose perimeter a complex encounter of the arts occurs rendering the new totality an overarching, coherent poetic expression. In short, superimposed on the new American metropolis is the utopian city, growing out from each blind wall, digging mole tunnels. The small hole of the camera obscura utilized by Brunelleschi to study perspective is transformed into the projector of a magic lantern, where simplicity of line corresponds to the dreamlike fantasy of figures recounting the stories projected onto a wall. Once again, our childhood experience is fundamental: R & R state that the spectator’s physical point of view is almost less important than their emotional point of view. Thus, if the divinity can play like a child, the utopian city can become the backdrop to a teatrino of our childhood. As Aldo Rossi explains, the word teatrino does not mean ‘little theater’ but rather a ‘private, singular, repetitive’ theater. The archetypes of Rossi’s theorizing seem embodied in the ideal figures – and their powerful capacity for synthesis – that animate R & R’s piazzas. They resemble the ziggurat, built to reach the sky, or the house of cards that reflects our immense hopes and our desire to build, which however could collapse at any moment.


罗赛里奥和罗伯特在许多艺术作品中 都运用了芒星的形状: 雕塑、喷泉, 甚至 小岛的边缘(《迈阿密之岛》,2004)。同 时,宁静理想的第三空间也常常出现在他们 的众多创作中。从建筑模型《消失的足迹》(2000—2017),到迈阿密佩雷斯艺术博物 馆(PAMM)里十二英尺之巨的《纸牌屋》(2003),这些作品虽然大小各不相同,但都 在与周遭环境的互动中不断被重新解读,从而 获得新的意义。R & R工作室这一系列的作品,组成了一个微型的乌托邦城市,它不仅仅集结 了多件“建筑模型”式的艺术品,更打造了一个 概念上的城市空间,让各件作品在这里相遇、重组,表达全新的理想与诗意。简而言之,这 就是一个从当代美国大都会的水泥森林中生长 出来的乌托邦。文艺复兴时期,意大利建筑设计师布鲁 内莱斯基曾用暗箱上的方孔来研究透视,而后 人在其基础上发明了一种叫魔幻灯的幻灯机,将描绘故事画面的简约线条和梦幻般的人物形 象投射到墙上。这再次证明,人们的童年经历 是许多创造的源泉。因此,R & R工作室试图 提醒我们,与人的情感视角相比,物理视角显 得不那么重要。如果人的精神可以如孩童般自 由嬉戏,那理想城市的画卷就会像我们童年剧 场的背景幕布,任由记忆投射。著名意大利画 家、建筑家阿尔多·罗西(Aldo Rossi,1931—1997)曾对“童年剧场”进行过注解,认为它上 演着“私密、唯一、不断重复的剧情”。R & R工 作室创造的这一片城市广场,就是罗西理论原 型的综合、具体的体现。广场上集结了如金字 塔般雄壮高耸的著名建筑,也有不堪一击,却 反映我们意识中建造愿景的“纸牌屋”。


With The Living Room (2001), R & R have created an open-air teatrino in the built-up urban space of Miami’s Design District. Its stage reveals a scene with incredible domestic allure. The two walls of a corner of a house, with the hint of a roof, are as compelling as a stage set where everything is arranged in the space as defined by the scene. The chaos of the real world is contained and tamed between two thin sheets of papier-mâché. The Living Room opens, presenting a space at once monumental and homely, a public square that appears to be part of a private building. As Julieta González states, Roberto Behar and Rosario Marquardt’s works are able to “shift perceptions of the familiar and the takenfor-granted” with elegance and simplicity. The room immediately invites passersby to engage by transforming it – in their mind’s eye – into a normal house, but one that brings the closed into the open, putting on display that which social norms tell us should stay hidden. It signals the warmth that is absent on empty streets and ascetic spaces; at the same time, it instills in the passerby a mild feeling of anxiety. Exposed to the atmosphere it will soon fall into ruin, especially in a country of rapid construction, where buildings can be replaced every 20 to 30 years. The Living Room, with its concave-convex form, gives rise to an “imaginary solution”. It is, again, a paradox, an oxymoron. However, as a solution with the freedom of being imaginary, it can open up a world of beginnings, a constellation of possibilities. It is a creative critical alternative to the absence of public space in the new cities of the world and to the trend of putting up more and more barriers, closed dwellings frozen by air-conditioning.


《客厅》(2001)是R & R工作室在迈阿密 艺术街区设立的露天作品,它正是“童年剧场” 的最佳写照。作品由两面墙体构成的屋内一角 和一方屋顶搭建而成,简直就是家家户户都能 见到的客厅场景一瞥。《客厅》就像舞台布景一般引人注目,里面的所有物品都按照真实场 景的定义排列放置,现实世界的混乱在这薄薄 的两面墙壁间被遏制、驯服。作品利用一个私 人建筑的外墙,在艺术街区的露天广场上直接 地展现了一个巨大而温馨的空间。当代著名艺术家朱丽叶· 冈萨雷斯 (Julieta González)评论说,罗赛里奥和罗伯 特的作品能够“优雅而简洁地将最常见、最不足 为奇的体验反转”。看到《客厅》的人立刻就 会在脑海中投射出一间日常生活中的屋子,这 强化了作品的奇特之处:本应是室内、私人的 家居场景,却被打开来给人看,展示着社会规 范告诉我们应该去隐藏的东西。它散发着周边 空旷的街道和平实的空间所缺少的温暖,这让 看到它的路人感到一丝焦虑不安:这样露天敞 开的屋子可能很快就会变得破败不堪,或者被 废弃,尤其在这个快速发展的国家,二三十年 就把建筑物推倒重来是常有的事。《客厅》以 其造型对此提出了一个“只存在想象中的解决方 案”,这又是一个自相矛盾的悖论:既为虚构,如何能解决现实问题?然而,作为被赋予了自 由想象力的解决方案,它本身就足以打开无数 的可能性,成为解决问题的开端。它创造性地 填补了当今世界新兴城市中严重缺乏的公共空 间,试图代替围墙高筑、门窗紧闭的城市里的 冷漠。


The ingenious refurbishment of the Center Internationale pour la Ville in Brussels for the exhibition Cruauté & Utopie: Villes et Paysages dʻAmérique Latine playfully disguises the facade of the building with a colorful harlequin costume that radically alters its identity. The museum – a serious, elitist institution for official culture – switches character by donning a ‘carnival mask’, adopting a new lightness with the breezy colors of a pinwheel. This brings art closer to everybody who walks past, not just those who are accustomed to art and frequent the museum. The installation clearly references popular culture. It consists of a thick curtain of plastic strips commonly used in Latin America in homes and small food stores to allow doors to be kept open (and communication to flow between the inside and outside) while deterring flies. At the same time, the humble origin of the strip door is contradicted by its monumental proportions: the chromatic plastic kaleidoscope comprises strips 13 meters high. When lifted by sudden gusts of wind, the strips create unpredictable choreographic effects. The reference to popular objects – plastic, trinkets – is much loved by the two artists; it recalls the attention given to folklore and to small, humble objects by Lina Bo Bardi. Drawing inspiration from dollar stores products, R & R recreate them on a public scale with monumental dimensions, ennobling them and creating new meanings. For example, in another reference to strip doors, the streets of the Absent City (2008) at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art recreate voids along planimetric paths that are hidden when shown. Other variations on this theme are the architectural project for the new Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale, and various installations at the Museum of Contemporary art in Denver and the Institute of Contemporary art in Palm Beach. Plastic flowers are also raised to the level of poetry, with R & R’s Flower Power flag hoisted in downtown Miami. Instead of reinforcing boundaries, this emblem brings people together, transgressing the classificatory language of flags. Rather than comprising arbitrary and exclusionary symbols created by man, they are made up of elements that are common to every country and every population: those of nature and its colors. Plastic flowers are also used in the composition of a strange advertising super billboard that – in the language of music, the language of love, the language of many Cuban, Mexican and Latin-American immigrants in the United States – asks the viewer to Besame Mucho (2016) (Kiss me a lot). I LOVE YOU (2016) is a project that gives Miami an iconic skyline. R & R transform the space used for advertising (so powerful, pervasive and tyrannical towards art) so that the passerby – accustomed to being constantly bombarded by demands and reprimands, and buy-two-and-get-one-free discounts – is offered, instead, a generous gift. Inspired by a passage from Elias Canetti, the city tells its inhabitants that it loves them, subverting all the voracious and consumerist logic that generally underlies any attempt at communication. Apart from when it is demanding something from us – or teaching, or informing – when did the city ever try to communicate with us? With I LOVE YOU, for the first time the public space donates a gift to its beloved citizens, whispering in their ear, or shouting to the sky, the three words so jealously guarded in their intimate memory.


布鲁塞尔的城市国际中心博物馆巧妙地翻 新了R & R的艺术作品《野蛮与乌托邦》:充满 拉美风情、色彩缤纷的彩带如同喜剧演员的演 出服一样掩饰了建筑物的外观,从根本上改变 了它的气质。博物馆本是一个严肃、高冷的官 方文化机构,可一戴上“狂欢节的面具”,就换 上了如春风拂面般的灿烂轻盈的形象。这使得 艺术更得以接近每一个走过的路人,而不仅是 服务于那些常逛博物馆的人。《面具》显然运 用了通俗文化的元素。它由拉美国家中家家户 户或小吃店里常见的厚塑料条组成,这种装置 相当于门帘,既能保持室内通风、交流方便,又有阻隔苍蝇飞虫的功能。这样接地气的条状 门帘的源起,与《面具》的巨大体量形成了冲 突:这简直是一个由十三米高的彩带做成的塑 料万花筒!当被徐来的清风扬起时,这些巨大 的彩带翩翩起舞,效果真是不可名状。对诸如塑料、小饰品等通俗物品的使用深 受两位艺术家的喜爱。这也正如巴西艺术家莉 娜·博·巴尔迪(Lina Bo Bardi,1914—1992) 所做的,这类创作重新唤起对民俗中不起眼的 小物件的关注。R & R从一美元商店的货品中汲 取灵感,以大规模的公共艺术形式对它们进行 再造和提升,赋予全新的意义。例如在麦迪逊 现当代艺术博物馆展出的作品《消失的城市》(2008),就是另一件以门帘为意象的作品,展厅中的很多通道和空间隐藏在彩色门帘的后 面,需要观众去发掘。这一主题下还有众多的 类似作品,比如劳德代尔堡新艺术博物馆的建 筑项目、丹佛当代艺术博物馆及棕榈滩当代艺 术学院的各种艺术装置。在迈阿密市中心悬挂的《花朵的力量》的 旗帜,也是R & R的作品,塑料花也被赋予了诗 意。这件作品违背了作为旗帜本身拥有的分类 性质,完全不再是强调单一群体和边界,而意 在将所有人聚集在一起:这面旗帜上没有人工 创造和选择的排他性符号,而是落满了自然与 色彩——这才是不分国家、不分种族与群体的 共有元素。2016年科切拉音乐节的一块奇特的大型 广告牌上也出现了塑料花元素——音乐的语言 就是爱的语言,是许许多多古巴、墨西哥和拉 美移民的共同语言——见过作品《多多吻我》(2016)的观众一定都会这么说。


Plastic flowers are also used in the composition of a strange advertising super billboard that – in the language of music, the language of love, the language of many Cuban, Mexican and Latin-American immigrants in the United States – asks the viewer to Besame Mucho (2016) (Kiss me a lot). 

I LOVE YOU (2016) is a project that gives Miami an iconic skyline. R & R transform the space used for advertising (so powerful, pervasive and tyrannical towards art) so that the passerby – accustomed to being constantly bombarded by demands and reprimands, and buy-two-and-get-one-free discounts – is offered, instead, a generous gift. Inspired by a passage from Elias Canetti, the city tells its inhabitants that it loves them, subverting all the voracious and consumerist logic that generally underlies any attempt at communication. Apart from when it is demanding something from us – or teaching, or informing – when did the city ever try to communicate with us? With I LOVE YOU, for the first time the public space donates a gift to its beloved citizens, whispering in their ear, or shouting to the sky, the three words so jealously guarded in their intimate memory.


《我爱你》(2016)是一个改变了迈阿密 地标性天际线的项目。位于高楼楼顶的广告空 间(广告在城市中无处不在、无比强大,是对 艺术的暴殄),曾时刻用“买一赠一”的标语对 路人狂轰滥炸,不断提醒他们对物欲的不满、对自我的苛责。如今,作品《我爱你》取而代 之,呈上一件心意满满的礼物。它受到犹太作 家埃利亚斯·卡内蒂(Elias Canetti,1905—1994)的启发,替这座城市推翻贪婪和消费主 义的统治,试图与居住在这里的人们对话,告 诉他们:我爱你。一直以来,我们所住的城市 不是要求我们提供某些东西,就是立规矩、发 通知,它曾几何时尝试与我们真正沟通过?有 了《我爱你》,城市的公共空间第一次向它所 爱的人们献礼,或耳语,或向着天空大声喊出 在他们最柔软的心底小心守护的这三个字。