What does it happen in the rooms when people go away?

Alberto Garutti
2010 - 2011

In short

The Hydria, the Jar and the Tulip Pot composing the art work “What does it happen in the rooms when people go away?” by Alberto Garutti were prototyped in Albisola (Italy) by Attese Edizioni during the travelling exhibition ”Changing the world with a vase of flowers”, MUDAC-Museum of Design and Contemporary Applied Arts, Lausanne, 2011; Pierluigi and Natalina Remotti Foundation-City of Camogli, 2010-2011; Italian Cultural Institute of Madrid-Italian Embassy in Spain, 2010.

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Alberto Garutti updates traditional local ceramic vases by turning them into ghosts. The jugs, vases decorated with masks, and tulip-holders have been treated with zinc silicate — the phosphorescent white colour can only be seen in the dark revealing sculptural forms. In actual fact, Alberto Garutti’s sculptures appear to have been created in exclusive and solitary relation to the space they take up, actually excluding the onlooker. The work of art, in the absence of any onlookers – when the museum is locked up at night-time – is triumphantly lit up in the darkness of the space where it stands. Photography comes to the aid of onlookers as a means of revealing the work of art and its hidden secret, which is eventually disclosed in the catalogue.

Text taken from Attese Edizioni.

What does it happen in the rooms when people go away? is shown in room 13.


Terra-cotta, majolica, zinc silicate
h. 40 x 30 x 30 cm
Manufactured by: Laboratorio di Marco Tortarolo, Albisola Superiore, Jorge Hernandez, Mac, UCIC-Unione Color Industrie Chimiche
Production: Attese Edizioni