Result of the common vision of the artist and collector and the Milanese designer, architect and artist Nanda Vigo, the Remo Brindisi House Museum is a rare example of integration of the arts

A holiday home for the entire large family – Remo Brindisi was the eighth of 11 children – and at the same time a space to collect and display a collection that over the years reached the 2000 works.

Among these, the names of Modigliani, Picasso, Guttuso, Chagall, De Chirico, Giò Pomodoro, Fontana, Dalì stand out, just to mention some of the representatives of twentieth-century art who were part of his circle.

Furthermore, original pieces and furnishings by masters of design such as Bruno Munari, Achille Castiglioni, Pio Manzù, Vico Magistretti, Giò Colombo, Nanda Vigo herself.

The integration of the arts

Remo Brindisi had in mind the integration between art and life when in 1967 he began to conceive his “Alternative Museum”.

For the project he entrusted himself to Nanda Vigo, friend and companion of many travels, architect, designer, artist from Milan, with whom he shared a free and democratic approach to contemporary art.

Completed in 1973, the building is characterized by architectural elements - Vigo defined them as "space stimulators" - such as the central helical staircase that nods to the Guggenheim in New York and connects the four floors, the monumental handrail of steel (diameter 35 cm), the high internal windows.

Floors and coverings, strictly white like Brindisi's way of dressing, were made of clinker specially brought in from Germany.

All’ingresso si trova il graffito “Cavallo” di Lucio Fontana, talmente grande (sei metri per quattro) che per farlo entrare Nanda Vigo fece aprire una breccia nel muro.

Al centro della sala risaltano la “Scultura cinetica” di Carmelo Cappello e gli alberi in metacrilato di Gino Marotta, perfettamente integrati nell'architettura, così come il “Radiale” in vetroresina giallo di Giò Pomodoro appeso nel corpo centrale.

E poi, al piano superiore, la “Scrittura cancellata per una camera da letto” di Emilio Isgrò che è una vera e propria boiserie, oltre ai grandi quadri dello stesso Remo Brindisi.

A lived-in house

“We spent the summers there – remembers Nicoletta Grande, one of the artist's 18 grandchildren - we children slept in the large room with red bunk beds for the girls, white for the boys. males.

Each of my uncle's sisters, with their respective husbands, was given a bedroom with bathroom (10 in total, now exhibition spaces), distributed on the upper floors.

The shared areas were particularly interesting: the dining area with the long table, the large kitchen with the pantry and the bar counter, the area for watching TV, the total black circular living room with black fur, were always teeming with life, with family members, friends, artists.

The villa was a place of transit for the world of entertainment, art and politics... There were never fewer than 25 people at the table, the uncle always at the head of the table, who went back to work in the afternoon. There hasn't been a day that he hasn't worked... apart from the last year (1996)”.

After the artist's death, the museum and the entire heritage preserved in it were acquired by the Municipality of Comacchio, by will of Brindisi himself.

Adrenaline Meets Remo Brindisi House Museum

In search of elective affinities with different expressive forms, Debonademeo Studio, Art director of the Adrenalina brand since 2022, has developed the exhibition project "Adrenalina Meets Casa Museo Remo Brindisi".

“The choice of the Remo Brindisi Museo house – explain Luca De Bona and Dario De Meo, founders of the studio – a fascinating and little-known place in which architecture and furnishing elements interact in an osmosis that allows for an overall view, it seemed automatic to us to illustrate the upholstered collections of a brand that has dynamism and futurism inscribed in its DNA".