Characteristica Universalis, 2017
Courtesy of BWA, Warsaw and z2o Sara Zanin Gallery, Rome
Jakub Woynarowski’s installation was made specifically for the facade of Palazzo Ruspoli as part of Conversation Piece | Part IV – Giant steps are what you take, curated by Marcello Smarrelli. The title of the work, Characteristica Universalis, pays homage to the philosopher and mathematician Gottfried Leibniz, who sought to identify a formal and universal language expressed through a series of symbols, mathematical, scientific, architectural and metaphysical concepts.
These are evocative symbols, printed on panels with a black background, halfway between the esoteric codes and the language of the graphic design: very clear in formal terms and, at the same time, enigmatic figures that establish an active dialogue with the passersby.