Galleria Franco Noero

10154, TORINO

Simon Starling
[24 hr. Tangenziale]

29 March — 15 May 2006

Along with his joint passions for aerobatics and downhill skiing, the Turin born designer and architect Carlo Mollino loved cars. In 1954 Mollino teamed up with the wealthy chemist and 'gentleman driver' Mario Damonte, and the specialist car production firm Nardi to build a racing car, the Bisiluro. The Bisiluro, meaning two torpedoes, was based on the first car of its type designed in 1948 by Piero Taruffi, the Motor Sports Director of the then famous car company Cisitalia. Like its predecessor, the 1955 car housed the driver in one streamlined torpedo, and the engine - a 750cc standard production unit - in the other. The limited engine size meant the car was designed to be extremely light and aerodynamic. Apart from designing the streamlined bodywork for the car, Mollino's innovations included a patented air-braking system and a purpose built highly aerodynamic radiator that curved elegantly around the front of the car. The car was entered into the 1955 Le Mans 24hour Race and was driven by a team of four drivers including Damonte himself. The Bisiluro, which achieved speeds of up to 216 km/h, seems to have suffered as a result of its lightweight design and was forced off the road after only two hours of racing by another more powerful car. For the project '24 hr. Tangenziale' a replica of the Bisiluro's elegant brass radiator has been built and fitted to the bonnet of a 1986 Fiat Panda. This parasitic cooling system has been plumbed into the Panda's engine, by-passing the conventional radiator. In an attempt to test the potential of this innovative piece of design, the car will be taken on an extended 24hour test-drive on the ring road around Mollino's hometown, Turin. Subsequently the replica radiator and car will be exhibited in the entrance foyer of Mollino's Teatro Regio (1967-73), in Turin's city centre. The public display of the car will be accompanied by an exhibition at Galleria Franco Noero that will investigate the way Mollino, aware of his works transience, consciously mediated it through photography. The exhibition will document the development of both Mollino's Bisiluro project and it's partial 'reprise' in '24 hr. Tangenziale’. Born in 1967 in Epsom, England, Simon Starling lives and works in Berlin. Winner of the 2005 Turner Prize, his work has previously appeared in a number of solo and group shows both in Europe and abroad. Among them his recent solo shows: ‘Inverted Retrograde Theme’, Secession, Vienna, Austria; ‘Kakteenhaus’, Portikus, Frankfurt am Main, Germania, 2002; Casey Kaplan, New York, 2004; 'Tabernas Desert Run', The Modern Institute, Glasgow, 2004 ‘One Ton’, Neugerriemschneider, Berlin, 2004; ‘Cuttings’, Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Emanuel Hoffmann-Stiftung, Basel, 2005; 'C.A.M.', Void, Derry, Ireland, 2005. Group exhibitions: 'The Moderns', Castello di Rivoli, Torino, 2003; 'Individual Systems', Curated by Igor Zabel, 50th International Exhibition of Art, Venice Bienniale, Italy, 2003; 26° Bienal de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil, 2004; ‘Universal Experience: Art, Life, and the Tourist’s Eye’, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA, 2005; 'Parallel Life', Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 2005; Turner Prize, Tate Britain, London, 2005. This is the second solo show by Simon Starling at Galleria Franco Noero.
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