Luca Rossi



an indipendent project for The 15th Istanbul Biennial entitled “a good neighbor” and curated by artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset

Helvetia Spa, Thermal and Wellness Area (Porretta Terme, Bologna)

“95% of our choices and actions depend on our unconscious part.

Our unconscious is the “hardest” neighbor to handle because we can not handle it. ” (Luca Rossi)


A project inside the Spa, Thermal and Wellness area of  Hotel Helvetia repurposed from what was a anti-aerial hideout during World War II. A unique experience between East and West, between centers and peripheries of the world.
The project consists of 3 suggestions to live in a unique way the Spa and Wellness area of Hotel Helvetia in Porretta Terme – Bologna, Italy. This area is accessible even to those who are not hotel guests. In particular in a special place: a cave, a anti-aerial hideout which now houses a bio sauna, a sauna, a turkish bath and a relax area.
An art exhibition that you can enjoy “live” or reading a pdf document. In this PDF document you will find a “critical text/tale” and unpublished images to be totally immersed in this project. You will also receive a large photo that you can print. 
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Fee to receive the “Thermal Refuge” PDF document + Large Photo: 3 Euro

The art piece is installed in our private dimension, exactly where we are now. The anti-aerial hideout has become a SPA and health resort: a significant place that combines local, western and east. Porretta Terme is located within the “Peripheral West”, which can be considered a safe area with regard to international tensions and instability.


Porretta Terme in Italy (peripheral west)