Inauguration of exhibition of works by Hans Magnus Enzensberger
organized by Gianni and Silvia Pignat
introduction by Alfonso Berardinelli
with the participation of Hans Magnus Enzensberger

The machines to be exhibited at the Natural History Museum in Pordenone, designed by Hans Magnus Enzensberger, can be used by visitors of all ages to play real games, and are the continuation of his artistic process focusing on the word and its meaning, turning it upside down and manipulating it. It is a real game which may be seen as belonging to the grey area between art and nonsense, and giving us new forms of interpretation.


Enzensberger’s works have been kindly lent for the exhibition

by the Würth Museum   


Alfonso Berardinelli
essayist and literary critic, contributes to the cultural section of Italian daily newspapers “Il Sole 24 Ore” and “Il Foglio”, Between 1983 and 1995 he taught contemporary literature at the University of Venice. In 1985, together with Piergiorgio Bellocchio, he founded and directed the critical review “Diario”. He has published several books, including La poesia verso la prosa. Controversie sulla lirica moderna (with Franco Cordelli, 1994); L’eroe che pensa. Disavventure dell’impegno (1997); Cactus. Meditazioni, satire, scherzi (2000); Nel paese dei balocchi. La politica vista da chi non la fa (2001); La forma del saggio. Definizione and attualità di un genere letterario (2002, Viareggio Prize); Abc del mondo contemporaneo (2004); Il pubblico della poesia. Trent’anni dopo (2004); Che noia la poesia. Pronto soccorso per lettori stressati (with Hans Magnus Enzensberger, 2006); Casi critici. Dal postmoderno alla mutazione (2007); Poesia non Poesia (2008).


Gianni Pignat
after graduating in architecture, studied applied art and photography at the Institute of Art in Udine, where he has also taught photography. As a travel photographer, he contributes to magazines and the producers of documentary films. Pignat has published four volumes of photographs: Gracias por venir a Colombia (1998), Herat, Afghanistan (2004), Sudan (with Giovanni Sartor, 2005), Tuol Sleng, Cambogia (2006). He has produced a documentary and photographical study of Tina Modotti, consulting public and private archives in Russia, Mexico and Cuba.


Silvia Pignat
graduated in visual communications at the Higher Institute for Artistic Industries at Urbino. She is a graphic designer, illustrator and cultural advisor. Her publications include Suns di aga (Suoni d’acqua, 2003), Fogli e matite (2006), Una biblioteca da favola (text by Anna Labombarda, 2007) and La storia di Tommy e di Babbo Natale (text by Daniela Dose, 2007).

Sunday 14 March, 11:00

Natural History Museum

Pordenone - Via della Motta, 16