The 2022 edition of BookBiennale will take place around and through Studiolo: a project conceived by Matteo Ghidoni – Salottobuono, the first episode of the transition from paper to reality of Cabins, a theoretical-critical reflection carried out by Ghidoni on the value of being in the world and on primary human needs. The structure will host a series of meetings with the aim of bringing together personalities who gravitate around the world of art, architecture and publishing. Studiolo is made up of two crossing walls, a parasitic structure yet with its own private entrance; it fits into the inner courtyard of bruno’s ecosystem by breaking it down into four ‘scenes’ and thus triggering two-way visual relationships. The name of the project alludes to the Renaissance idea of a place of retreat, study and sedimentation of individual obsessions. A showcase divided into four parts, each of which is (not necessarily) destined for a specific function: a worktop, a shower, a sink and a seat. Studiolo questions the physical and semantic limits between inside and outside, between intimate and exhibited, between finished and unfinished, between isolation and solitude.
“Studiolo is the first attempt to translate minimal living units from paper into reality: Cabins,” says Matteo Ghidoni, “which, by optimising the available resources, works on subtraction, exploring the possibilities of a spartan, incomplete life, removing the superfluous and leaving the bare structure on view to see how it may be transformed by use during these months of exhibition.
Grafting onto the inside of bruno, Studiolo thus becomes a stage that will come alive with interviews, readings, podcasts and performances. A multifunctional structure: a house to live in, a refuge to be preserved, an experience to be lived, a place to exchange ideas, a place to create new projects, a place to discuss, a place to let your imagination run wild, a place to sunbathe, a place to cool off, a place to laze around.