Thinking about the future of design implies thinking about its past. At least as far as industrial design is concerned, that designing for society in which the object fits into a wider social context.
Or, in an even broader way, he proposes extending design to the entire sphere of human living. Dieter Rams thought so, German designer and creator of many Braun appliances. Our weekly itinerary among the exhibitions along the peninsula starts from his thoughts and from his objects, on display at the ADI Design Museum in Milan.
Dieter Rams. A look at the past and the future, Adi Design Museum, Milan, until 11 June
Behind this exhibition there is a question: how should our world be designed in the future so that it can still survive? To respond, the Adi Design Museum turned to the work of Rams, a German designer, the signature of many objects produced by the Braun household appliances company and furniture for Vitsœ. Because for him, industrial design is above all social: the project must be thought of in the context of industrial society.
That is, the designer must find a way to create a link between objects and human beings, possibly simplifying. The philosophy of less is more seems to fit perfectly with that of Rams, which does not invite minimalism but rather expansion: design fits with the whole of society. Here is his answer to the starting question.
A great idea, perhaps, which starts from the certainty that it is necessary to look to the past to respond to the needs of the present, focusing on the future.
Who will like it: industrial design enthusiasts, those looking for new ideas and those who love vertical insights.
Useful information: Adi Design Museum, Piazza Compasso d'Oro 1, Milan, open from Monday to Sunday from 10.30am to 8pm, closed on Fridays.
Termoli Prize LXIII, MACTE, from 27 May to 17 September
The 63rd edition of the Termoli Prize has come to define the finalists of the two sections, Visual Arts and Design and Architecture, with a collective exhibition at MACTE, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Termoli.
The jury, composed for the visual arts by Valeria Perrella, Caterina Riva, director of MACTE, and Francesco Stocchi, curator of the Boijmans van Beuningen Museum in Rotterdam and for architecture and design by Valeria Perrella with Federica Sala, curator and design advisor, Marco Rainò, architect, designer and curator, and Paolo De Matteis Larivera, President of the MACTE Foundation, will award the winners of the two sections, with the acquisition of the work and the evaluation of the effective feasibility of the architectural project.
In fact, competing in the architecture section were projects designed to define the layout and furnishing elements of the future museum library.
The finalists are BB (Milan), Chiara Cavanna–IsabellaCiminiello–Simone Nardi (Turin), thehighkey (New York), Matilde Cassani Studio (Milan), Ortiz + Zhou_O+R Studio (Seville) and Sara&Sara (Ljubljana). Alongside their works, those of the finalists of the visual arts award, precisely to underline the double participation in a project that concerns the same place, the MACTE. Thus the curator Cristiana Perrella: “The works participating in this edition of the Prize return a multifaceted and unpredictable image of recent trends in Italian art, demonstrating its vitality, quality and multiplicity.
The Architecture and Design section offered very different and suggestive proposals, often difficult to ascribe to their disciplinary field alone and instead in strong dialogue with artistic practices".
Who will like it: those who want to discover new trends in art and architecture, those who think that artistic expression cannot live within rigid and pre-established boundaries.
Useful information: MACTE, via Japan, Termoli, open from Wednesday to Sunday from 10 - 13 and 15 - 19.
Journey into the unknown. Lucio Saffaro between art and science, Palazzo Fava, Bologna, from 26 May to September 24
What happens if a physicist decides to shape time and space? The going gets tough especially if the subject in question has a degree in pure physics, has a deep knowledge of the classical world and great pictorial mastery, making available oil colours, graphic techniques and drawing.
His name is Lucio Saffaro, an emblematic and multifaceted character of twentieth-century Italian culture, completely unconventional and solitary in his artistic production, refusing any label, including that, almost obvious, of a mathematical artist. This exhibition in Bologna, the city of his adoption, is dedicated to his story and his works, ready to introduce (geometric) shapes, allegories and other extravagances of this journey into the unknown.
Who will like it: lovers of geometry, emblematic shapes imbued with myth and magical history, lovers of golden proportions and alchemical classicism.
Useful information: Palazzo Fava, via Manzoni 2, Bologna, open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 7pm; Thursday until 21.30.
Barrio San Leopoldo. The architecture of Cuba in the photographs of Piero Ottaviano, Phos Centro Fotografia, Turin, from 29 May to July 14
There are places so iconic that it feels like you've always seen them. And the Malecòn, that stretch of the Havana seafront, is one of these, perhaps accompanied by the passage of a few vintage cars. Well, forget the deja vu effect.
Because this investigation of the architecture of Cuba proposed by Ottaviano's black and white completely derails from those tracks.
The buildings, but also the urban compositions are at the center of his gaze and the story he composes reveals the abstraction of those forms from the context. Until it becomes a two-way abstraction, so much so that the people portrayed seem to be intimate figures from the composition and at the same time abstract from the context.
An interesting game, inside an unusual reportage. The exhibition was created with the support of Building.
Who will like it: enthusiasts of photography and architecture and of that fabulous dialogue that the two forms of expression establish.
Useful information: Phos Centro Fotografia Torino, via Vico 1, open from Monday to Friday, from 3pm to 7pm.
Gilbert Halaby, Une Comédie Romaine, Maja Arte Contemporanea, Rome, from 1 June to July 15
Gilbert Halaby is a Lebanese artist who has chosen Rome as his elective city. The architecture of the city is the narrative thread of all his works, at least of the cycle Une comedie romaine on display at the Maja gallery: a Roman comedy made up of snapshots that tell the story of the area and the people who live there .
Many paintings portray priests, nuns, people linked to the world of faith who live in the center of the Capitoline city. He portrays their movement, their passage in front of secular, immobile and eternal architectures compared to the transience of human existence.
Here, time is precisely the figure of Halaby's pictorial investigation who wanders around Rome armed with a cell phone with which he records short videos in slow motion of the situations that strike him, to then choose a single detail, a detail that becomes essential to tell the story of the time in the Eternal City.
A still image based on the sun, color, shape and, as already mentioned, architecture. In such a perfect proportion that Nora Iosia, who signs the critical text for the Maja gallery, says that the artist has "absolute eye": something similar to absolute pitch in music, this time capable of decoding "the language of images and colors isolating it from the chaos of everyday life, almost in a dazzle, it retains slices of reality and transforms them into new visions".
Who will like it: lovers of painting and the urban landscape, lovers of architecture and the city.
Useful information: Maja Arte Contemporanea, via di Monserrato 30, Rome, open from Tuesday to Friday from 3.30pm to 7.30pm; Saturday 11 - 13 and 15 - 19.
An appeal from the Carlo Zauli Museum of Faenza in the words of the director Matteo Zauli: "I founded, together with my sisters, in Faenza in 2002 a museum dedicated to our father Carlo, a ceramic sculptor known throughout the world, who died that same year.
Since then this place has never ceased to be a very lively aggregation center for our city and a point of reference in Italy for contemporary ceramics. The flood of 18 May devastated the cellars, ground floor and garden, all spaces used for exhibitions, events and workshops.
Many works from our collection have been destroyed, and systems and structures have been damaged. Huge specialized restoration work will be indispensable”.
The Carlo Zauli Museum is a container which, through its collections and various cultural activities, explores and disseminates contemporary art in all its languages, with particular attention to ceramics, a traditional material local.
It is located in Faenza, in the historic center, inside the premises that belonged to Carlo Zauli since 1949, one of the most representative sculptors of the 20th century, whose work and history it promotes.
The flood of 17 May caused considerable damage to the museum which involved various aspects: the collection of works, the rooms dedicated to exhibition space, part of the systems, the garden, the halls, all the spaces used for events and workshops which represent the heart of the programming that animates MCZ.
The fundraising has already started on the GoFundMe platform, here: https:// gofund.me/51e5a625 you can donate a free entity amount.