A menagerie of unusual musical contraptions will form part of the Prada Foundation's "Art or Sound" exhibit at the historic Ca' Corner della Regina during this year's Venice Architecture Biennale, June 7 to November 3.

The exhibition is an effort by Miuccia Prada's Prada Foundation to analyse the relationship of productive and complex dialogue, the development between art and sound, iconic aspects of the musical instrument, the role of the artist-musician, and the areas in which the visual arts and music have come together and blurred.

Organised on a historical basis, the exhibition is curated by Germano Celant, a renowned Italian art historian, critic and curator.

Below are some of the pieces visitors can look forward to this June. 

Arman, The Spirit of Yamaha (1997): Arman's work splices tones with two Yamaha motorcycles squeezed in between a sectioned baby grand piano.

Arman, The Spirit of Yamaha (1997): Arman's work splices tones with two Yamaha motorcycles squeezed in between a sectioned baby grand piano.

Cornett of unknown origin (17th century): The slithering curves of this Baroque period cornett suit the theme suggested by its grotesque opening.

Cornett of unknown origin (17th century): The slithering curves of this Baroque period cornett suit the theme suggested by its grotesque opening.

Jaquet-Droz, Pendule automate (ca. 1785): This ornate pendulum clock fuses the interests of a watchmaker and a mechanical doll creator.

Jaquet-Droz, Pendule automate (ca. 1785): This ornate pendulum clock fuses the interests of a watchmaker and a mechanical doll creator.

Guitar-Lyre (18th century): This ornate lyre could be linked to the neoclassical movement, with decor that plays up a Roman heritage.

Guitar-Lyre (18th century): This ornate lyre could be linked to the neoclassical movement, with decor that plays up a Roman heritage.

Violon de fer (19th century): This circular violon de fer (literally iron violin) can be played using a standard violin bow.

Violon de fer (19th century): This circular violon de fer (literally iron violin) can be played using a standard violin bow.

Adolphe Sax, Trompette naturelle, (1866): Adolphe Sax is best known for creating the saxophone, but that was just one of his musical designs.

Adolphe Sax, Trompette naturelle, (1866): Adolphe Sax is best known for creating the saxophone, but that was just one of his musical designs.

Cocchi, Bacigalupo & Graffigna street organ (1898): A relatively transportable street organ from German builder Cocchi, Bacigalupo & Graffigna

Cocchi, Bacigalupo & Graffigna street organ (1898): A relatively transportable street organ from German builder Cocchi, Bacigalupo & Graffigna

Joe Jones, Bird Cage (1964): Joe Jones's combination of instrument and aviary makes for an interesting contrast with the Jaquet-Droz.

Joe Jones, Bird Cage (1964): Joe Jones's combination of instrument and aviary makes for an interesting contrast with the Jaquet-Droz.

Ken Butler, Pool Cue Archery Bow Cello (1981): Practicing mucisian and experimental artist Ken Butler is known for strange assemblies such as this.

Ken Butler, Pool Cue Archery Bow Cello (1981): Practicing mucisian and experimental artist Ken Butler is known for strange assemblies such as this.

William T. Wiley, Debilslied (1986): Wiley, a multidisciplinarian, collaborated with Steve Reich in the 60s and was shown at the Venice Biennale in 1980.

William T. Wiley, Debilslied (1986): Wiley, a multidisciplinarian, collaborated with Steve Reich in the 60s and was shown at the Venice Biennale in 1980.

Anderson Laurie, Numbers Runners (1979): Installation artist and soundtrack composer Anderson Laurie started out in sculpture before transitioning to music.

Anderson Laurie, Numbers Runners (1979): Installation artist and soundtrack composer Anderson Laurie started out in sculpture before transitioning to music.

Riccardo Beretta, Donnerwetter (2012): This piano instrument from Milanese resident Riccardo Beretta juxtaposes its smooth exterior with a textured inlay.

Riccardo Beretta, Donnerwetter (2012): This piano instrument from Milanese resident Riccardo Beretta juxtaposes its smooth exterior with a textured inlay.

 

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