This work was already housed in a hall of the MAXXI in 2009, before the opening of the museum, when Alberto Garutti designed Temporali as an installation consisting of two hundred halogen lamps visible from Via Guido Reni. Redesigned in 2023 as a site-specific work to be installed on the roof of the MAXXI Museum along the façade overlooking Via Masaccio, the work is a large luminous writing whose lights increase in intensity every time a lightning strike falls on Italian territory. The work is supported by Meteorage, a company specialized in lightning detection.
The luminous writing – whose characters reproduce the artist’s autograph writing – invites the public to become an active part of the work, which is fully realized in the relationship with people, in the encounter with the viewer:
Queste luci vibreranno quando in Italia un fulmine cadrà durante i temporali.
Quest’opera è dedicata a chi passando di qui penserà al cielo.
“This work-caption – operation of writing in the place and on the place – was born with the simple intention of relaunching the attention and thought of the visitor to what already exists, to the natural scene that surrounds him; moves in the intention of making his gaze responsible. The work declares to the viewer the link between art and the primordial energy of nature, reaffirming the value of art as an instrument of mediation between man and the world. Temporali is not a simple machine of detection, but of revelation and does not concern exclusively the Italian sky, but manages to evoke universal puzzles such as the atmosphere, lightning, energy and the entire sky: the art that contains the mystical sense of nature.”
(photo © Alessandro Fucilla / MUSA, courtesy Fondazione MAXXI)