Andreas Slominski, Erde, 2015 Fondazione Prada study room. Ph. Attilio Maranzano

The installation Die Geburt des Buches aus dem Geiste der Natur (The birth of the book from the spirit of nature) was conceived by Andreas Slominski (Meppen, Germany, 1959) in 2015. It is presented in the study room and located on the Biblioteca building’s first floor.

His site-specific intervention encompasses multiple references ranging from architectural and the cultural history of its location to German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche’s 1872 book Die Geburt der Tragödie aus dem Geiste der Musik (The birth of tragedy from the spirit of music).

The sculptures Himmel (Sky) and Erde (Earth) refer to the restoration and construction phase of Fondazione Prada completed between 2015 and 2018. A series of twelve paintings, after which the entire installation is named, create a symbolic narrative around the walls of the room. Made from Styrodur, the paintings depict leaves from trees and pages of books, recalling the process that transforms organic matter into paper while evoking the new connotation of the space reserved for reading and study.