Everybody Talks About the Weather (Fondazione Prada)
Dieter Roelstraete (Ed.)
Fondazione Prada, 2023
“Everybody Talks About the Weather” is a research exhibition exploring the semantics of “weather” in visual art, taking atmospheric conditions as a point of departure to investigate the emergency of climate crisis The project is conceived by curator Dieter Roelstraete for the historic palazzo of Ca’ Corner della Regina, Fondazione Prada’s Venetian venue. More than fifty works by contemporary artists and a complementary selection of historical artworks trace the various ways in which climate and weather have shaped our histories and how humanity has dealt with our everyday exposure to meteorological events. The exhibition design created by New York-based studio 2 4 entwines the artistic dimension of the project with a series of in-depth scientific spotlights developed in collaboration with The New Institute Centre For Environmental Humanities (NICHE) at Ca’ Foscari University in Venice. As stated by Miuccia Prada, President of Fondazione Prada, “the project arose from the idea of taking weather as a starting point to highlight the urgency of climate change, empirically equating meteorology and climatology, and using the tools of art and science together. The goal is to understand the environmental crisis and its undeniable impact on our lives by drawing attention to, representing, and analyzing meteorological phenomena. Climate is a global issue that influences the actions and destinies of people worldwide. Talking about the weather today therefore means talking and worrying about everyone’s future.