“No Man’s Land” by Yona Friedman and Jean-Baptiste Decavèle.

The site-specific installation – called No Man’s Land – that Yona Friedman and Jean-Baptiste Decavèle have designed for ARIA can be considered a symbol of the foundation ideas and aims.

An open architecture, interactive and dynamic, thought for being used by different groups of people and in different environments: a proper shared space. The installation will be built together with students from L’Aquila and Rome Academy of Art, Pescara Architecture Faculty and local art schools, becoming a privileged place to renew training processes and culture spreading processes. Later on, the place will host and inspire other artists projects and activities about the topics of evolution and territory culture.

Following Friedman philosophy, artistic interactions and future interventions will change the installation adjusting it to the ideas, needs and thoughts of the ones participating to the project. Al last, No Man’s Land will be the evident result of the actions of artists and entrepreneurs working side by side to reach territory social and cultural improvement.

The project, for its open and experimental nature and for its research dynamics will bring new and unexpected results, as always happens when the art interacts with the world.


ph. Gino Di Paolo

The “museums” by Yona Friedman – from 1950

Yona Friedman notices in his writings and in his projects the obsolescence of museums architectures, pointing out how cultural, social and anthropological changes can’t have anymore a connection with a close architecture, almost uniquely for pieces of art preservation.

“The buildings are expensive and often unnecessary”, he says. “We can build a museum without walls. The building action is important, not the mere word. A simple scaffolding is sufficient: inside it we can realize exhibitions, and the public can see freely the pieces, giving up the sacred idea inborn into the word museum. A space like this can change, can be moulded at every exhibition need”.

Museo del quotidiano a Middelburgh                                                                Museo del quotidiano a Como


Yona Friedman (Budapest, 1923), architect, studies in Hungary. After the war, he moves in Haifa, Israel, to work for about ten years. From 1957 he lives in Paris. He taught in many American universities and worked together with Onu and Unesco. In the last years Friedman work has been revalued by contemporary art actors and he has been invited to the eleventh Documenta in Kassel and to many editions of the Biennale of Visual Arts in Venice. He is the author of important essays about architecture, among the most recent: Utopies Réalisables (2003), L ‘Architecture de Survie (2009) and The complicated order (2011).


Jean-Baptiste Decavèle (Grenoble, 1961) has exhibited in many European  and North-American galleries and public spaces, and he has participated to many video festivals. In 1999 and 2001 he has been awarded the Villa Medici “Hors Les Murs”. He has worked for many years together with Yona Friedman to the realization of the French – Hungarian architect work Iconoclastases.


The Association for contemporary art Zerynthia, established in 1991 and headed by Mario Pieroni, runs, promotes and organizes contemporary art events in Italy and abroad, with the aim of extending art use limits. It has a light and flexible organization, a model complementary to institutional cultural structures. It works together with public and private bodies, interested in the integration with contemporary art, as the carrier for development and cultural enrichment.


Cecilia Casorati is an art critic, she attended to many exhibitions in Italy and abroad. She teaches Contemporary Arts Phenomenology at the Academy of Art in Rome. Since 2015 she has been the artistic director of Fondazione ARIA.