Museum Folkwang
Interior of a 1:1 scale model of the 5th Floor of Via Giulia di Barolo 9, Turin (La Fetta di Polenta) built at Uferstrasse 8, Berlin
  • Simon Starling
  • Interior of a 1:1 scale model of the 5th Floor of Via Giulia di Barolo 9, Turin (La Fetta di Polenta) built at Uferstrasse 8, Berlin, 2008

  • part of ›Three Birds, Seven Stories, Interpolations and Bifurcations‹
  • Marble and platinum/palladium print
  • Acquired in 2008 with support of the Ernst und Elly Henke-Stiftung, Essen
  • Inv. P 306/11
  • CommentaryThe seven-story house at 9 Via Giulia di Barolo, locally known as the ›Fetta di Polenta‹, sits on just 40 sqm of land. The 16 m long house is at its widest point a mere 4,35 m across and at its narrowest just 57 cm across. Its wedge-like form can be traced back to the partial demolition of a building that once blocked the end of Via Giulia di Barolo, (formerly Via dei Macelli) that was carried out according to plans laid down by the architect Alessandro Antonelli* in 1854. The slither of building that remained was converted into a simple three-story house with a flat roof. In 1859 this modest house was acquired by Francesca Scaccabarozzi, Antonelli’s wife and he then asked for planning permission to add a further two stories. Once this permission had be granted the architect, as was his habit, altered the design once more to include a further attic floor surrounded by a continuous small balcony. Each floor of the 23 m high house is accessed by a single trapezoid shaped staircase. As well as the seven stories above ground, there are two basement floors including a kitchen and below that an elaborately decorated sauna.

    *Alessandro Antonelli is most famous for his design for Turin’s tallest building, the ›Mole Antonelliana‹. The original plans for this tower, originally designed as a synagogue, that now houses Turin’s Film Museum were for a 67 m high tower but by the time it was complete it measured a total of 167 m.
  • Provenance2008, Galleria Franco Noero, Turin
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  • Obj_Ownership_S (Verantw):Painting, Sculpture, Media Art
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  • Obj_Creditline_S: Musuem Folkwang, Essen, Skulpturensammlung
  • Obj_Title1_S: Interior of a 1:1 scale model of the 5th Floor of Via Giulia di Barolo 9, Turin (La Fetta di Polenta) built at Uferstrasse 8, Berlin
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  • Obj_PartDescription_S (Titelerg): part of ›Three Birds, Seven Stories, Interpolations and Bifurcations‹
  • Obj_SpareMField01_M (Alle Titel): Interior of a 1:1 scale model of the 5th Floor of Via Giulia di Barolo 9, Turin (La Fetta di Polenta) built at Uferstrasse 8, Berlin part of ›Three Birds, Seven Stories, Interpolations and Bifurcations‹ Interior of a 1:1 scale model of the 5th Floor of Via Giulia di Barolo 9, Turin (La Fetta di Polenta) built at Uferstrasse 8, Berlin Interieur eines 1: 1 Modells des 5. Stockwerks der Via Giulia di Barolo 9, Turin (La Fetta di Polenta) in der Uferstrasse 8, Berlin gebaut aus der Installation: Three Birds, Seven Stories, Interpolations and Bifurcations
  • Obj_Dating_S: 2008
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  • Jahr bis: 2,008
  • Obj_IdentNr_S: P 306/11
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  • Obj_Material_S: Marble and platinum/palladium print
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  • Obj_SpareSField01_S (Mat./Tech.): Marble and platinum/palladium print
  • Obj_AccNote_S (Erwerb): Acquired in 2008 with support of the Ernst und Elly Henke-Stiftung, Essen
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  • Obj_Rights_S: © Simon Starling, 2010
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2008, Galleria Franco Noero, Turin