photo: KIOKU Keizo

Bycircle (Silvia, Alessandra, Emiko, Ritsu)

ArtistPatrick TUTTOFUOCO
Material/ Techniquemixed media
Size/ DurationSilvia: H142×W245×D94cm, Alessandra: H200×W205×D100cm, Emiko: H98×W240×D100cm, Ritsu: H100×W208×D95cm
Copyright Notice© Patrick TUTTOFUOCO

※ The flower pattern on the side of Emiko has been used with the permission of its designer, Tord Boontje.
Year of acquisition/ donation2005
DescriptionBorn in Milan, Italy in 1974. Lives and works in Berlin, Germany.

Patrick Tuttofuoco studied architecture at Politecnico di Milano and fine arts at Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera. He creates sculptures with fluorescent tubes and plastics, installations with sound and light interlocked with each other, video installations, interactive machines, and so on. He is one of the most visible, highly rated young Italian artists. As he is interested in techno music, games and urban life, his works show what is common to them all – a sense of speed and playful touch. Recently he traveled in Asian countries and North and South Americas for three months, and he has presented a work based on his diary, photos and videos accumulated through his observation of different cities and communication with local residents during his travel.

For the Museum’s Opening Exhibition in 2004, Tuttofuoco created a series of unique tricycle-like works. The title he gave them, "Bycircle", is a word of his own creation combining ‘bicycle’ and ‘circle,’ the latter indicating the round shape of the museum building. To the individual works, the artist has given names like ‘Silvia’ and ‘Emiko,’ each being a ‘portrait’ designed after an image of one of his friends. It is fun to ponder the works, wondering which aspect of those friends serving as models he has used and how. Still, the feature truly distinguishing these works is the fact that visitors can actually get on a "Bycircle" and ride it around the Museum. The works, each a portrait of highly individual character, are ridden by members of the general public, who impart life to them as animate objects. As the tricycles go by, expressions of surprise and delight appear on the faces of other visitors and those of passers-by beyond the glass, producing an expanding chain of varied responses and relationships.