April 3, 2019

Paola Pivi at Maxxi, Rome

If you go down to the woods (museum) today you’re sure of a big surprise: Paola Pivi is taking over Rome’s Maxxi with her giant, neon-coloured, feather-covered Polar bears. The forty-eight-year-old, Italian-born multimedia artist, who spent time living in Alaska, has transported her bears back to Europe from their previous home at the Bass Museum. The giant animals climb, romp and roll all over the gallery space; they seem friendly enough, but in their unsettling and preposterous positions, Pivi suggests there is danger is assumptions. The bears are part of Pivi’s exhibition, World Record, open today, and running to 8 September.

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