December 04 - 20, 2016


Collaboration Project at Kayu Lucie Fontaine Bali

BIASA ArtSpace showcased Patrizio Di Massimo work as part of RITIRO project by KAYU

Venue: Kayu Lucie Fontaine, Rumah Topeng Dan Wayang, Bali, and Rumah Doa Bagi Semua Bangsa, Java, Indonesia


We can only be hunters of objects, and must even be non-lethal hunters, since objects can never be caught. The world is filled primarily not with electrons or human praxis, but with ghostly objects withdrawing from all human and inhuman access, accessible only by allusion and seducing us by means of allure.*

Kayu – Lucie Fontaine’s branch in Bali, Indonesia – is pleased to present its fifth project, “Ritiro” [The Retreat], a two-venue  exhibition  of international  artists  on  view  at Rumah  Topeng  Dan  Wayang  [The  House  of Masks  and Puppets] in Bali and Rumah Doa Bagi Semua Bangsa [The House of Prayer for All Nations] in Java, Indonesia. The participating  artists  are:  Jumaldi  Alfi,  Ashley  Bickerton,  Lupo  Borgonovo,  Marco  Cassani,  Patrizio  Di Massimo, Fendry  Ekel,  Dor  Guez,  Agnieszka  Kurant,  Filippo  Sciascia,  Alice  Tomaselli,  Entang  Wiharso,  and  Alexandra Zuckerman.

The exhibition  aims to put forward  the identity  of Kayu,  showing  artworks  altrove  [elsewhere],  in the middle  of nowhere, surrounded by nature, a place between magic and dream, in opposition to the traditional white cube gallery and the environment  that surrounds it. Furthermore  the title, “Ritiro”, which is the Italian word for retreat, refers to The Retreat (or the York Retreat), the country house founded by William Tuke in 1796 in Lamel Hill, York, England, for the treatment  of people  with  mental  health-related  needs.  In his book  Madness and Civilization:  A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason (1961) Michel Foucault described The Retreat as “a contractual alliance, a convergence of interests, organized on the type of simple partnerships”.

Specifically,  “Ritiro” aims to reflect upon the concept of the artwork as a self-sufficient  entity able to generate and acquire new values within “a permanent autonomous zone where objects are simply themselves.”* The concept of this project refers to the idea that things without life, or seemingly  without life, can actually have their own existence. Inspired by Balinese culture, which is a mixture of Animism and Hinduism and in which Kayu exists, the exhibition implements  theories  from  Western  contemporary  philosophies  such  as  Speculative  Realism  and  OOO  (Object- Oriented Ontology).

In particular, “Ritiro” takes – literally and metaphorically  – the artworks away from the comfort zone of the white cube space, creating  both physical  and mental  distance  between  the artworks  and contemporary  society.  Over the duration of this project, the artworks will be presented in two different venues: from 4 to 15 December 2016 at Rumah Topeng Dan Wayang in Bali, and on 20 December at Rumah Doa Bagi Semua Bangsa in Java.

The  intimate  atmosphere  of Kayu  – which  is located  in a joglo,  a traditional  Javanese  wooden  house  within  the context of Rumah Topeng Dan Wayang – will serve as a statement against the art field’s rejection of domestic spaces in favour of more neutral and aseptic space. This is a very dear issue to Lucie Fontaine, as demonstrated with projects such as “Estate”  and her series  of exhibitions  “Domesticity,”  the fifth iteration  of which  served  as Kayu’s  grand opening.

The one-day relocation of the artworks to the Rumah Doa Bagi Semua Bangsa – a building in the shape of a gigantic dove located in a remote area of central Java – is a magical action that brings the artworks to a faraway, androgynous zone,  pushing  the  artworks  to  their  limits,  questioning  their  authorship  or  new  anonymity;  here  they  confront themselves  and the surrounding  nature. Rumah Doa Bagi Semua Bangsa was conceived as a site of worship where people of all religions could pray. Consequently  the building came to be used as a reception centre for people with mental problems. Abandoned for several years, the building is now an attraction for local tourists.

December 04th to 20th, 2016