Cristina Schiavi: Chromatic Orbit

This large-scale project created for the entrance hall of the Museo Moderno forms a gateway to the 2022 exhibition programme, Un día en la tierra [One Day on Earth]. With Órbita cromática [Chromatic Orbit], Cristina Schiavi extends her role in the exhibition, Vida abstracta [Life in the Abstract], which is located on the first floor of the Museum. Since the late 1980s, Schiavi has been developing her output across painting, sculpture and video. These disciplines allow her, on the one hand, to construct a language of her own to expand the possibilities of abstraction and, on the other, to combine her research into space and colour theory.

The all-enveloping way of intervening in the architecture and the creation of a circular composition are inspired by the work Hacia el infinito II [Towards Infinity II] (1977–78) by Ana Kozel, an artist from the Museo Moderno’s collection who had a long career grounded in the study of astronomy stimulated by planetary forms and orbits. Using one of the earliest computer design programmes, CorelDraw, which she has been working with since the 1990s, Schiavi creates a composition of geometric forms, which she then turns into a mural. Chromatic Orbit has mapped out a cosmic space that transforms the museum’s circuit.

Cristina Schiavi extends her role in the exhibition Vida abstracta [Abstract Life] with her work Órbita cromática [Chromatic Orbit]. Since the late 1980s, Schiavi has been developing her output across painting, sculpture and video. These disciplines allow her, on the one hand, to construct a language of her own to expand the possibilities of abstraction and, on the other, to combine her research into space and colour theory.

The all-enveloping way of intervening in the architecture and the creation of a circular composition are inspired by the work Hacia el infinito II [Towards Infinity II] (1977–78) by Ana Kozel, an artist from the Museo Moderno’s collection who had a long career grounded in the study of astronomy stimulated by planetary forms and orbits. Using one of the earliest computer design programmes, CorelDraw, which she has been working with since the 1990s, Schiavi creates a composition of geometric forms, which she then turns into a mural. Chromatic Orbit has mapped out a cosmic space that transforms the museum’s circuit.