Hadas Ophrat (b. 1950) presents a multidisciplinary art project based on his research into the Villa Capra – also known as “La Rotonda” – outside Vicenza, Italy, designed by the Italian architect Andrea Palladio in the second half of the sixteenth century, as well as a multitude of its replicas around the world. This historical museal-architectural site is currently the residence of Count Ludovico Valmarana, and is also open to visitors twice a week.
The “white cube” of the museum gallery serves as a “large stage” for the white stage-like structure presented by Ophrat. This structure is a reconstruction of the bottom part of the Villa Capra stairs as an empty stage, referencing the outline of the whole building’s perfect form. Visitors are invited to enter the structure in small groups. Within the round room at its center, a video-art screening simulates a combined view of the Villa Capra’s interiors and of the landscape surrounding it. It is, in fact, a meta-landscape that, combining interior and exterior views and echoing the multiple reflections in the reiterated reproduction of the original building and its projecting porticos, presents the viewer with fragmented and overlapping sequences of space and time.