Cristian Chironi

Bologna Drive

1+2+3 February
Opening hours: 11>13 + 14.30>17.30
Art fair grounds and the Costituzione (main) entrance (prior reservation needed)
Reservations: 349/4634730
10>11 + 13>14 + 18>19 or leave a message on whatsapp
(reservations accepted starting Monday, 28 January 2019).


Bologna Drive is the next step of the project My House is a Le Corbusier. This time artist and performer, Cristian Chironi, seeks out evidence of the impact the great Modernist architect, Le Corbusier, has had on the city of Bologna. In Bologna Drive, visitors get into a Special model Fiat 127, renamed Chameleon for its ability to change the colour of its bodywork depending on where it stops - the colour following the typical Le Corbusier colour palette. Driven by Chironi himself, Chameleon will make a tour of the fair district on a journey of urban reflection and imagination on the themes of travel, mobility, housing, crossing borders, and social transformation. Also aboard and taking part in the conversation will be Chironi’s companions – among them Franco Vaccari, Giacinto di Pietrantonio and Barbara Casavecchia. There will also be sounds by Francesco Brasini, the Radio France Choir, Massimo Carozzi, Alessandro Bosetti, Daniela Cattivelli, and Dominique Vaccaro, composed and recorded in the various buildings constructed by Le Corbusier that Chironi has lived in at one time or another. Le Corbusier’s famous “a house is a machine for living in” is reinterpreted for this project. A mobile environment of travel and movement develops around the “Machine for living in” in a remix of stories, trajectories and values. Alongside Bologna Drive will be a new public artwork by Chironi conceived as a tribute to the imaginary Wetroplitan line laid out in Bologna by Kinkaleri e Xing at the beginning of the new millennium: 4 luminous signs featuring a large White W on a red background placed in 4 different spots in the city to mark the entrance to as many “underground” venues that became temporary cultural hubs. Chironi has redesigned the W sign, simply rotating it, into a new symbol that shows 3 steps. The news sign, entitled Step-Stop, will be installed in front of the art fair entrances.

The car trips will run for 3 days.

Every trip will last 15 minutes and take 3 passengers. There is no charge but reservation is required. Meeting point: W Fiera.


Born in Nuoro, Sardinia, but growing up in Orani, Cristian Chironi graduated from Bologna’s Fine Arts Academy. Using a range of expressive languages that dialogue with each other, he has realized site-specific installations and performances, always with the aim of interacting with their context, i.e. the public and the physical site. Chironi lives, works and exhibits in various parts of the world. His most recent exhibitions include: My house is a Le Corbusier (Esprit Nouveau Bologna; Studio-Apartment Paris; Unité d’habitation Marseille; Casa Curutchet, La Plata; Pierre Jeanneret Museum, Chandigarh); Lo stato delle cose, 16th Quadriennale, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome; Falsa Torment, Casa Wabi, Puerto Escondido; ECO, CND Centre National de la Dance, Pantin Paris; I'm back, Museo Nivola, Orani; Prospectum, Casa Italia PyeongChang, 2018 Winter Olympics South Korea.