This week it's impossible to look outside the gates of Milan which is hosting the Salone del mobile and also some exhibitions of its Art Week which extends its duration, with a packed calendar of appointments, which in turn are almost impossible to select.
We tried, focusing attention on some exhibitions inside and outside the FuoriSalone event program, but everyone was attentive to the project.
To design, indeed, in a technical and architectural, artistic and creative, current and historical, real or imaginary sense. In fact, we pass from artistic creations born from a dialogue with the architecture and interior design of the cinema with Perspectives: Artistic Movie Poster (Soggettiva Gallery), where five artists revisit the idea of space on the big screen, to arrive at the bronze sculpture furniture by DiegoGiacometti, the other artist with respect to the more famous brother Alberto, but equally brilliant and visionary (on display at the Luigi Rovati Foundation).
Between these two extremes are Alessandro Mendini and his search for the soul of objects in a particular metallic selection of his production (which also includes his legendary armchair in the gold version) at M77 Gallery and the works exhibited by Antonia Jannone which dialogue on light and transparency.
They are those of Marco Zanuso Jr who worked on lighting and matter and those of a team of designers who focused on the use of borosilicate glass to create design-sculptures typically without functions.< /p>
Finally, a small focus is dedicated to the Triennale, which this year celebrates its first hundred years and takes the opportunity to present a new layout of its Museum of Design strong> Italian since 1923, next to the works of Franco Mazzucchelli (in the garden) and the Dutch Droog, invited to blow out 30 candles since their first Milanese appearance at the show of the furniture.
Why see them: an itinerary of selected appointments invites visitors to linger over small curious exhibitions.
Perspectives: Artistic Movie Poster, Soggettiva Gallery, Milan, from 18 April to 20 May
An exhibition conceived precisely on the occasion of the Salone del Mobile, the one hosted by Soggettiva Gallery is an opportunity to jump into the images of cult films, those that have built our imagination through housing, architecture and very specific interior design choices.
There are therefore three worlds that are put into perspective in this exhibition, that of cinema, that of architecture and that of design. Naturally in an artistic key.
Thus Pascal Witaszek reproduces very detailed floor plans of the houses of the most famous horror cinema, starting with The Exorcist, while Max Dalton dissects the domestic environments of Parasite and Se mi lasci ti gate, while offering a frontal view of the streets overlooked by the houses of Rosemary's Baby, The Fifth Element and No home direction.
George Townley travels to New York to restore the real architectures that have hosted great classics such as Ghostbusters and The Royal Tenenbaums.
Andrew Degraff proposes the trajectories and itineraries of the protagonists of films such as Pulp Fiction, Mad Max and The Silence of the Lambs, while Anthony Petrie creates real geographical maps with which he composes portraits of key figures in films such as 2001: A Space Odyssey, Indiana Jones and Temple of Doom, Planet of the Apes, Taxi Driver and Heart of Darkness.
In the end, we are left with one question: how much does the space produced or reproduced on the big screen through cinematographic fiction influence reality?
Who will like it: lovers of cinema, design, architecture and imagination.
Useful information: Soggettiva Gallery, via Sottocorno 5/A, Milan, is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10.30 - 13.30 and 16 -19.30
Marco Zanuso Jr, Linea d'Ombra - Marta Sansoni and Andrea Ponsi, Water, Antonia Jannone Drawings of Architecture, Milan, until 12 May
There are two exhibitions that enliven the spaces of the Antonia Jannone gallery to tell about light and transparency.
Marco Zanuso Jr presents his luminous objects in Linea d'ombra, about 30 lamps born from reflection on the relationship between surface and light source.
The cylindrical base, a lamp holder with light bulb, is combined with parabolas of different materials and colours, such as wood, iron, aluminium, stone, clay which allow for the creation of plays of light and very different colours. Also on display are the drawings and models in plaster, paper and aluminum that clearly illustrate the transition to three-dimensionality.
The second exhibition (open from 19 April) is that of Marta Sansoni and Andrea Ponsi who, together with a team of designers chosen for poetic affinity and design capacity, address the issue of transparency. It is not exact: their work is dedicated to the use of borosilicate glass to create design-sculptures.
Useless objects, therefore, evanescent and transparent like water.
Which gives the exhibition its title, Water, with three works each, created by Massimo Lunardon, of the creatives Lorenzo Damiani, Giulio Iacchetti, Raffaella Mangiarotti, Massimo Mariani, Andrea Ponsi, Lorenzo Palmeri, Franco Raggi, Marta Sansoni and Mario Trimarchi.
Who will like it: those who want to look behind the scenes, discover the mechanisms and gears of things, but also those who think that designing also concerns contemplation.
Useful information: Antonia Jannone Architecture Drawings, Corso Garibaldi 125, open from Monday to Saturday from 3.30pm to 7.30pm.
Diego, the other Giacometti, Fondazione Luigi Rovati, Milan, until June 18
Between the two brothers, Diego and Alberto, there is an almost symbiotic relationship in the 40 years they spend together in Paris.
And if it is true that this symbiosis has often resulted in evident artistic and stylistic assonances, it is equally true that Diego, for the public the other Giacometti, develops an autonomous and unique language.
Who arrives in Italy for the first time with a solo exhibition of over 60 works, curated by Casimiro Di Crescenzo.
Diego is the other, in the shadow of his much more famous brother, and here he is told through his visions and his creations, in an installation that puts him in dialogue with Etruscan art and the permanent collection of the Foundation.
In fact mythology, animals and nature are the reference themes of his works, which unfold in very different fields, from sculpture to design, up to a real bestiary. The furniture that represents the fulcrum of his creative vision is very interesting: functional works of art. Indeed, to use.
Who will like it: those who like the bronze figures of Alberto Giacometti, those who love family stories and those who are in tune with animals (and a fantasy world dedicated to them).
Useful information: Luigi Rovati Foundation, Corso Venezia 52, Milan, open from Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 8pm.
Alessandro Mendini, The Age of Metals, M77 Gallery, Milan, until May 20.
An object is never just a tool, but reflects a story, relates to people's psyches and their fragility and uncertainties. At least according to Alessandro Mendini, who sought the soul in things.
“...Since the depths of time, the objects of the world have possessed a soul, that of the spiritual aspirations of the men of their peoples. The mass-produced object of the industrial age is in search of the lost soul,” he had written a few years ago.
And precisely in the wake of this thought, the gallery owners Giuseppe Lezzo and Emanuela Baccaro have developed an exhibition centered on the metallic material as the leitmotif of the eclectic and kaleidoscope production of artist and designer Mendini.
The metallic soul of over 50 objects is therefore investigated, including many unpublished, but the metallic soul of their creator, who passed away in 2019, is also investigated. Symbols, such as the enigmatic grid, colours, such as on black, metals, like gold, they draw Mendini's work along his philosophy of designing as an art form (and vice versa).
Who will like it: those looking for design ideas between the past and the present.
Useful information: M77 Gallery, via Mecenate 77, Milan, open from Tuesday to Saturday from 11 to 19.
FuoriSalone and ArtWeek at the Triennale di Milano, until April 26
The spaces of the Triennale are the protagonists of three unmissable appointments.
We begin with the new layout of the Museo del Design Italiano (from 15 April) directed by Marco Sammicheli which presents itself to the public with a selection of design objects from 1923, the year inauguration of the Triennale.
An exhibition within an exhibition is Text, the first to be hosted in the new Design Platform space, created within the museum to give voice to the contemporary. Here we talk about the relationship of stylists and designers with the design of text, interfaces and fabrics (until 17 September).
We then move on to an important birthday, 30 years since the first Italian appearance of the Dutch group Droog, precisely on the occasion of the FuoriSalone, in 1993. It was then that their bizarre and ingenious creations achieved the international fame they deserve still today and which are told in the exhibition Droog30.
See also: Droog30: thirty years of Droog at the Triennale
Design or Non-design? (April 15 to 23) curated by Maria Cristina Didero and Richard Hutten and produced with the Nieuwe Instituut of Rotterdam.
Finally, in the Giancarlo de Carlo garden, the works of Franco Mazzucchelli will welcome the public in a dialogue between history and current events. Parentesi Aperta is the name of the work in the form of two metal arches that draws a spatial pause in which a selection of the artist's iconic inflatables is collected.
Here the air (contained in those works from the 1970s) is presented on earth, while the water of the Darsena of the Navigli hosts a second installation, Elica, for the double exhibition curated by Marina Pugliese and Alessandro Oldani (from 15 to 26 April).
Who will like it: those who travel around the FuoriSalone.
Useful information: Triennale Milano, viale Alemagna 6, open from Tuesday to Sunday, 11am - 8pm.