An aesthetic ode to the unfinished, to those things that we are not able to bring to an end because we work too much, we think too much, or maybe, we just exist too much. The new unmissable exhibition of Fondazione Prada called “K”, dedicated to the german writer Franz Kafka, is a visual essay of all this. The title is a reference to the three unfinished novels of Kafka: Amerika (America), Der Prozess (The Process) and Das Schloss (The Castle) published posthumously from 1925 to 1927. The unfinished nature of these books allows multiple and open readings and their adaptation into an exhibition project, that explored the novels’ subjects and atmospheres through allusions and interpretations through different artistic-devices that create a visual trilogy: an installation, a film and a music album.
German artist Martin Kippenberger (1953-1997) has explored the imaginary utopia of the work-universe, through a huge installation of it as depicted and imagined by Kafka. The second element of the trilogy is The Trial (1962) by Orson Welles, that is based on the homonymous novel by Kafka and will be screened at the Cinema of Fondazione Prada. The third and last act of “K” is represented by the album Franz Kafka - The Castle (2013) by Tangerine Dream, that will be played in loop inside the Cisterna. This space is transformed in a evocative and cosy ambient, where visitors have the chance to relax, to listen to electronic music by the German band founded in 1967 by Edgar Froese and, of course, to re-think the writings of Kafka.
Edited by Giada Biaggi