Reverse and parallel paths: an exhibition unites the works of two artists. With ‘Pensieri, immagini di Daria’ by Mario Ceroli from 1974 and ‘Tra-vasi’, a ceramic work by Francesca Zoboli, an exhibition is inaugurated within Spazio RT, a Milanese design gallery that works between art, applied art and architecture

Not a static exhibition, but a dynamic work of investigation: the exhibition ‘Modules, thoughts and images. Ceroli 74-Zoboli 24’ reflects the multidisciplinary vocation of the Spazio RT gallery in via Fatebenefratelli 34 in Milan, which has been combining research, modernism and interior design for twenty years.

Designers: mechanics and poets

‘The designer must be a “mechanic” with a strong inclination for poetry’ is the philosophy of Antonio and Jacopo Tabarelli de Fatis, founder of the gallery that has collaborated with architects, designers and artists over the years. In particular, in this exhibition, open until 15 July, a poetic dialogue is created between the arts: ceramics, drawings, and material sculptures relate to the unique pieces of historical design and furniture from Spazio RT's collection freely disassembled in space.

The vision of Mario Ceroli

Exhibited at Spazio RT, the 25 rough pine panels of ‘Thoughts and images by Daria’ from 1974 by Mario Ceroli, the precursor artist of Arte Povera and protagonist of Italian Pop Art, can be defined as a metaphysical chessboard made of elementary geometries and symbolic signs such as the cross or the star. They were conceived for a publishing project containing photographs of the work itself in black and white (with Giuseppe Chiari, Prearo Editore) and later placed in the home of a collector in a site-specific project by the artist.

Publishing, art, project

A mix of publishing, art and architectural design according to Ceroli's own idea: ‘art must be taken off the nail to the wall and enter real life in various forms’.

The vases of Francesca Zoboli

An idea also pursued by Francesca Zoboli, linked to the applied arts, who is exhibiting at Spazio RT ‘Tra-vasi’, a ceramic work in which the artist reflects on a theme dear to her on a giant scale: the vase, archetype and origin of every moulded form. Produced in a limited edition of 50 pieces by a craftsman's workshop in the Bassano del Grappa district, it consists of four panels in a vertical sequence for a single column of almost three metres, in which the sign and its palette of colours play in a composition/decomposition.

Digital fine-art prints

Also presented are digital fine-art prints of illustrations from his book ‘Travasi’ published by La Grande Illusion: graphic compositions of shapes and colours on Japanese rice paper, in a delicate and refined balance.

Photos: Marco Dapino, Lucrezia Gazzola