Museo aero solar started in the United Arabs Emirates, in occasion of the 8th Sharjah Biennal ( 2007 ). After that, the first place where it displayed all its potential was the Isola neighborhood, in Milano, with Isola Art Center people involved.Museo aero solar group, often accompanied by Isola Art Center’s staff, is still carrying on its construction and making it fly, with the help and the ingeniousness of local inhabitants…




with Isola Art Center and all the people of the Isola neighborhood that think, squatted and still fight for a different use of the city, against greenwashing architects and real estate speculation. Thanks to Comitato I Mille and Associazione Genitori Confalonieri !

informations and support


invited by Encuentro Internacional Medellin 07. For the occasion we worked in La Casa del Encuentro, outside in the streets and covering all the main square with the Museo plastic foil, cutting and attaching the plastic bags, wonderfully decorated by the people and kids. Museo aero solar flew above Parque San Antonio, you can watch it on Youtube. Many thanks to Alejandro, Hugo, Juan Pablo, Camilo y Nicolàs, Gilberto y todos los apasionados constructores de globos!


invited by the Biennal d’art contemporain de Lyon.



invited by Christiane Rekade for *Kurator/Gebert Stiftung fur Kultur.


invited by Tirana Art Center with the support of the Onufri Prize. Museo aero solar went out on the main street of Tirana during a cold windy day, surprising everybody. Made with the help of the students at “Ahmet Gashi” primary school. Thanks to Fani Zguro, National Gallery of Arts, Rubens Shima.


an arab village near Haifa, invited for Platform Paradise (curated by Maurizio Bortolotti)


invited by Walker Art Center from october, 1st 2008

Walker Art Center invited us during summer and fall 2008 in Minneapolis. All the interesting informations we find about the city and how to join us in Minneapolis and work together are posted here. Please send us your contributions!




The First Newsletter:

Hello everybody!

This is the first time we send a message from museo aero solar to everybody we have met and to those we haven’t found a way to meet again in these past 2 years: we would like to thank you. After working and traveling with all of you in Sharjah, Milano, Medellin, Lyon, Rapperswil, Tirana, Ein Hawd, and now in Minneapolis, we have decided to start a blog to give everybody the possibility to follow on what we are doing, join us again, send us suggestions, proposals, pictures or take on the initiative to start their own museo aero solar somewhere else. The blog address is:

A technological hoax…

Now we are in Minneapolis for the next 2 weeks. If you are here, let’s meet soon if you want to try to do something with us: we don’t want an audience.

Invention: something obscure and born in the mind of an individual genius? We think there’s more inventive potential among a group of people gathered in a circle than in any governmental research agency 24/7. The spread of an invention is more decisive than the invention itself.

We all know what we would do but nobody knows how to do it. If you think about the Chinese Wall, it wasn’t built starting from the beginning to the end…

We use the waste par excellence of capitalism, the plastic bag. An object that is used on the average for 9 minutes, a useless object, we don’t recycle it, we use the bags as we use art, to move from one place to another. We use solar energy and some adhesive tape. Now we would like to learn how to use the wind, too.

In hard times humanity looked at the sky to fly off, to not look further down.
Museo aero solar is a shuttlecock to come back to the earth.

In the last centuries the sky was the center of the imaginary: the (failed) conquest of the space, the air war, the first flying machines, all together amount to a kind of obsession to posses the sky, to dominate and control the planet.

We want to create a real hoax, something that could change the perception and the use of the sky.

Specialization, industrial exploitation, patents and high cost technologies characterize the present research in every field. People are more and more uninvolved in invention.

We may be behind compared to new technologies but this endeavor will allow us to be ahead of time when the requirements change.

We are in search of something unsustainable: all that exceed the order of forms provokes something at the level of thought.

Next week we’ll be working with members of the Aerospace Engeneering and Mechanics Department at the University of Minnesota, the Walker Art Center (who invited us), and at an empty storefront place we kindly have for free on 1250 Hennepin Avenue (near the Minneapolis Community and Technical College). For those of you in Minneapolis/St. Paul area, we invite you to join us on the following dates:

Saturday, October 4, 10 AM – 3 PM

Free First Saturday at the Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Avenue

Monday, October 6 (everyday until Thursday), starting at 10 AM

1250 Hennepin Avenue

Wednesday, October 8, 1 PM

Conversation at the MCAD, 2501 Stevens Avenue South

Friday, October 10, 10 AM

Blake School, 511 Kenwood Parkway (Gym)

Saturday, October 11, early morning

Display of museo aero solar outside the Walker Art Center

Sunday, October 12, early morning

We’ll try to fly the museo, early in the morning, somewhere in Minnesota (depending on the weather)

Tuesday, October 14, 5.30 PM

Conversation Cafe Scientifique: Art and Aeronautics

Nomad World Pub, 501 Cedar Avenue South

Don’t try this at home. Try it open air, with good weather and some experience. Do it with your comrades and away from electricity lines!

Museo aero solar

Alberto Pesavento

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Museo aero solar is a flying museum, a collective artwork initiated by Tomás Saraceno and conceived in the course of a dialogue and cooperation with Isola Art Center,Milan. Museo aero solar is a solar-energy air balloon, completely made up of reused plastic bags, with new sections being added each time it travels the world, thus changing techniques, drawings and shapes, and growing in size every time it sets sail in the air. Museo aero solar stands for a different conception of space and energy, both anomalous and forceful at the same time. The core of the museo resides in the inventiveness of local inhabitants, not in its image: among spontaneous networking action and art, do-it-yourself technology and dreaming, it is a voyage back/forward in time.

Museo aero solar has already traveled to Sharjah (United Arabs Emirates), Isola neighborhood in Milano (Italy), Medellin (Colombia), Lyon (France), Rapperswil (Switzerland), Tirana (Albania) and Ein Hawd (first recognized Arab village in Israel). From October 1-12, 2008 it will be in Minneapolis, MN, U.S.


from the beginning of September to October, 4th 2009

Museo aero solar is invited in the two towns of Carmignano and Montemurlo, nearby Prato and Firenze (Italy). Everybody is invited to join the team and form spontaneous groups of discussion and work. The activities will take place during the preparation of  Territoria 4 artistic and cultural events, curated by Bert Theis and with the support from the local governments, cultural associations and groups.

All the news about the nest museo aero solar stop will be published here.

For any question or anticipation, please write an e-mail to:

In Carmignano, during the first meeting

raccolta sacchetti a Carmignano


TERRA TERRA 29.08.2009
| di Marinella Correggia
Shoppers e tartarughe
Un milione di uccelli marini e 100.000 mammiferi e tartarughe nei mari e negli oceani muoiono ogni anno strozzati dalla spazzatura umana, secondo le stime del Programma delle Nazioni Unite per l’ambiente (Unep) rirpese anche dalla statunitense, federale, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Noaa). Ed è plastica – in tutte le sue forme e declinazioni – il 90% di tutta la schifezza che galleggia sulle superfici marine, in media 20.000 unità per km quadrato (ma in certe aree anche 400.000). Si stima che sia finito in mare il 5% di tutta la plastica prodotta a partire dagli anni 50.
Nel Pacifico questa discarica galleggiante si compatta in due vortici. Il primo a scoprire questo «continente immondizia» fu nel 1997 l’oceanografo Charles Moore. Da allora la pattumiera a geometria variabile non ha smesso di crescere. Secondo uno studio di qualche settimana fa, ogni anno si aggiungono migliaia di tonnellate di pezzi. L’ultima spedizione a caccia di rifiuti compiuta in questo mese di agosto da un gruppo di oceanografi dell’Università di San Diego ne ha trovati più del previsto: gli scienziati si sono definiti «scioccati».
Anche quando gli oggetti si riducono in singoli pezzi piccolissimi, sono ugualmente pericolosi per la fauna marina – in questo caso di piccola taglia, fino al plancton. Mentre i pezzi solidi di varia dimensione possono essere ingeriti con effetti letali, quel che si decompone rilascia sostanze chimiche tossiche che possono danneggiare il funzionamento ormonale nella vita marina. E’ inoltre probabile che il «Great Pacific Garbage Patch», la discarica localizzata nel Nord Pacifico, abbia una compagna nell’emisfero sud, quattro volte più grande.
Solo una parte dei rifiuti è gettata dalle navi, il resto viene da terra e da chissà dove. Di tutto: reti da pesca abbandonate e spugne abrasive, spazzolini da denti e bottiglie di plastica. E ovviamente residui delle onnipresenti shoppers, le buste di plastica negozio-casa quasi sempre usate una sola volta e poi gettate a inquinare per decenni o secoli. E sembra che vada sempre peggio. Non sorprende dunque che l’organizzazione non profit inglese Marine Conservation Society, consacrata alla conservazione dell’ecosistema marino, abbia preso l’iniziativa di indire per il prossimo 12 settembre la Prima giornata internazionale senza sacchetto di plastica, per invitare tutti i «terrestri» a rispettare i mari e le loro creature anche passando a borse di tessuto durevoli, facendola finita con questo consumo superfluo, oltre che energivoro e deturpante per i paesaggi che cosparge. Il fine settimana successivo sarà la prova del successo – o dell’insuccesso – della giornata: si svolgerà in molti paesi l’annuale weekend internazionale di pulizia delle spiagge, l’International Coastal Clean. Quante buste troveranno?
Già 140 cittadine inglesi hanno aderito al movimento «Plastic bag free cities» (città senza shopper).
In Italia da tempo è attiva la campagna «Porta la sporta»: La promuove l’associazione dei Comuni virtuosi. Sul suo sito sono disponibili locandine e materiale pronto da scaricare per gli enti locali, i gruppi, le scuole e le persone che vogliono aderire e far conoscere la giornata. E magari dichiararsi a partire da allora «zona libera dalle borse rifiuto». In programma anche eventi creativi come – a Borgo Val di Taro (Pr) – la realizzazione collettiva in piazza delle sportine di tela a partire da vecchie stoffe. Sarebbe il minimo sindacale e invece pare rivoluzionario…

Seano (near Prato, Italy)                                  october, 5th 2009 , 6 am

a perfect flight!

photos by Renaud Codron

more pictures and video will be published here soon…

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