F1 Ruth Beraha for Pirelli and Monza GP

by Alain Chivilò

©Alain Chivilò


The Monza Formula 1 Grand Prix in Italy has always represented the maximum expression of speed in motor racing. Fascinating, dangerous but also strong as emotions. Over the decades, for safety reasons, it has had several modifications, but the charm has always remained unchanged. Maybe in a few years the the organization in charge will also be able to re-evaluate the historic elevated road. Monza is the first temple of speed in the Formula 1 World Championship.

Pirelli, the leading Italian company in the world of tires but not only, after the previous editions continues also with the third to grant the possibility of creating and branding the podium trophies through an artist. A unique opportunity for visibility and promotion that a Multinational does not easily miss, in this case, using Art as a further means of communication by adding to the legendary Calendar. Pirelli but above all its cultural arm, the Pirelli HangarBicocca contemporary art museum which oversaw the selection of the artist choosing the artist born in Milan Ruth Beraha.

“Typhon” is the title that encompasses the three creations inspired by the appearance of the creature from Greek mythology. Son of Gea and father of some of the most famous mythological monsters, Typhon possesses extraordinary strength with a hundred snakes on his head, the personification of the most violent manifestations of nature. This artwork, dedicated to all pilots, represents on one side a bundle of metal pipes from a racing engine and on the other a set of silver snakes with their jaws wide open. The pilot therefore takes on the appearance of an ancient mythological character who, through technology, wins and becomes invincible. The pilot who dominates events, speed, nature and destiny but, as we know, further factors and misfortunes can overturn what has been determined and built.

In terms of construction, as highlighted, the trophy represents a production process that combines high technology and robotic processes such as cutting and 3D creation, as well as processes by craftsmen specialized in welding, polishing, assembly and gilding, with a real operation of jewellery.

The artist born in Milan (1986) Ruth Beraha, in the official declaration, expressed herself as follows: “I am interested in unhinging the duality of the imaginary winners and losers, the idea that someone triumphs over someone who loses. I started from the figure of driver on the podium and I imagined the trophy as a tame and tame creature when the winner holds it in his hand, but which remains potentially always threatening and capable of putting everything on the line”.

In her artistic research, Beraha seeks to investigate elements that can commonly be labeled as evil, strange or unknown, focusing on the upheaval of the certainties on which society bases its experience of the world. Using immersive audio, sculptures, installations, drawings and photographs, his work allows the final viewer to consider the Adversary no longer as a distant and incomprehensible entity, but as a constitutive part of our identity.

At this point, good speed, speed, at the Italian Grand Prix of Monza, 2023, Formula 1.


by Alain Chivilò

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