From 15 December 2023 to 21 January 2024, the exhibition at the ADI Design Museum, curated by Achille Bonito Oliva and Valentino Catricalà, reinterprets the work of the Sicilian artist

Between art, design and set design, the exhibition "Filippo Panseca. Forme a futura memoria', from today until 21 January 2024 at the ADI Design Musem,, traces Filippo Panseca's work from the first kinetic works of the 1960s, to the 'biodegradable projects' of the 1970s, to the technological experiments. up to the design projects and set designs.

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A transversal thought

Telling about Filippo Panseca means telling about painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, design and architecture: a vision born of a transversal thought, a project resulting from a culture capable of determining cross-cutting visions, abandoning the obvious and the taken for granted in order to leave thought free to find solutions, to enrich creativity.

A multitude of languages and techniques

"Filippo Panseca," says Luciano Galimberti, president of ADI, "with his poetics introduced, in times long past, topics that today are dramatically topical for the survival of the planet. I found him in one of his visionary prototypes of a polyhedral table lamp: an idea of re-proposing the values of classicism that opened me up to the complex vision of an intellectual committed not so much to the demonstration of the self (as in the practice of many organic artists) as to the proposal of questions, issues, doubts, through a multitude of languages and techniques".

Spheres, paintings and kinetic works

Born in Palermo in 1940, Filippo Panseca was one of the pioneers of digital art in Italy, of environmental issues, of reflections on the new information society. Among the works on display: spheres, paintings, kinetic works and, specifically, Swart Art or Mat, the automatic distributor of digital works of art, the story of the Winged Victory, ephemeral and biodegradable, of Canova's statue of Napoleon exhibited in the courtyard of the Brera Academy.

Nomadism and stylistic eclecticism

"Filippo Panseca's installations can stand in any space," writes Achille Bonito Oliva, curator of the exhibition together with Valentino Catricalà, in the catalogue published by ADI Design Museum, "but without the danger of total integration. Nomadism and stylistic eclecticism govern the form, the affirmation of a progressive decomposition as to spatial unity of the productive moment and temporal unity of the contemplative one".

Art as contact with society

"Panseca's art," Valentino Catricalà continues, "can be read as a constant search for an art that has close contact with society, in renewing people and revealing life. This is also evident in the artist's interest in the applied arts, such as design, set design and graphics'.

Unpublished Documents

Through previously unpublished documents, the exhibition emphasises the great exhibition activity that saw Filippo Panseca participate in the Venice Biennales, two Milan Triennales, the Rome Quadrennial and exhibitions at galleries such as 'Il Naviglio', 'Apollinaire' and 'L'Obelisco'.