Diego

Tonus

Pordenone, 1984

On the Trail of a Hidden Symbol | 2006

On the Trail of a Hidden Symbol, 2006
(Exhibiton view 9th Edition of Furla Award - 'Add Fire', Bologna 2013)
(News in Novosti Daily Newspaper Belgrade and documentation)
Newspaper: 27,8 x 38,8cm
Foto: photo Dario Lasagni
Courtesy: Courtesy of the artist and Furla Foudation





In 2006 the artist found a peculiar symbol in the Army Museum of Belgrade (Kalemegdan), both engraved on the museum’s external walls as well as in the underground tunnels of the city. After asking several experts, including the museum director, about its possible meaning to no avail, he decided to invent a fake news item to be published in a newspaper in order to share this unknown symbol with the public. Pretending to be an Italian spelaeologist, he went to the head offices of some local daily newspapers, showing them fake documents such as certification from the Kalemegdan, modified books on the history of Belgrade and some photomontages of himself as a spelaeologist in the depths of the city.The Newspaper Novosti  believed him and approved publication of the article.



ON THE TRAIL OF A HIDDEN SYMBOL

A SECRET SYMBOL HIDES A MYSTERY WHICH HAS BEEN BOUND TO BELGRADE FOR YEARS

 

Cartouches, torch, rope, compass and pen; these were the tools which Diego Tonus relied on for his work. Essential elements accompanying him on a journey to discover the underground tunnels of Belgrade. A hidden city which, after years of darkness, returns to light thanks to the discovery of a symbol that links Belgrade to history. The hazards of some of the tunnel accesses do not put off Tonus who has managed to penetrate the Belgrade underground, losing his tracks and adapting to the deepest darkness, and to undertake a journey which allows us to link the city to Kalemegdan Park. Tonus says: “… and yet it’s right under everyone’s nose. A symbol which unveils a secret which has been enveloped by time. It’s time for Belgrade to know.

 

Novosti Newspaper

29th August 2006, Belgrade

On the Trail of a Hidden Symbol, 2006
(Discovered Symbol)
(Photograph)
47x35cm
Courtesy: Courtesy of the artist


On the Trail of a Hidden Symbol, 2006
(DVD, passport photo, notes, modified books and documentation)
Tavolo / Table: 85x120x80cm
Courtesy: Courtesy of the artist


On the Trail of a Hidden Symbol, 2006
(Passport, tickets, bank notes, coins and newspapers)
Tavolo / Table: 85x70x80cm
Courtesy: Courtesy of the artist


On the Trail of a Hidden Symbol, 2006
(Exhibition view - 2013)
(Dvd, photo, notes, modified books and documentation)
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Foto: photo Dario Lasagni
Courtesy: Courtesy Furla Foundation

Exhibiton view, 9th Edition of Furla Award - 'Add Fire', Bologna (2013)
Patron Artist: Jimmie Durham



Exhibiton view, 9th Edition of Furla Award - 'Add Fire', Bologna (2013)
Patron Artist: Jimmie Durham

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