Design Week ends but many exhibitions remain open: a selection for those who were unable to fully enjoy the very busy FuoriSalone calendar

From the photographic interpretation of Carlo Valsecchi which recounts the architectural work of Antonio Citterio and Patricia Viel up to the graphics of the Olivetti house strong> which aimed at communication as effective as the products it produced, six events between art, architecture and design, for a journey into beauty.

Carlo Valsecchi photographs Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel, Palazzo Morando, Milan, from 12 April to 12 May

The photographer Carlo Valsecchi worked for 12 years on the architecture that Antonio Citterio and Patricia Viel between 2000 and 2020 - ACPV Architects - have created in Italy and around the world.

His attention to describing architecture and, specifically, this particular idea of architecture, has made it (almost) an exact science of the relationship between building and urban landscape, between the complexity of the city and the single intervention. To put it in the words of Valsecchi, «Architecture exists in the instantaneous and unmeasurable space of feeling, it is essential to be there, to be there in that instant. This has little to do with vision, it only has to do with the symbolic and emotional being that is the human animal."

Its emotionality is expressed in the lights, in the colors, in the transparencies of a constantly changing city and an idea of living with linear and light forms. On display is a selection of the shots that find more space in the volume ACPV ARCHITECTS Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel as seen by Carlo Valsecchi published by Silvana Editoriale with contributions from Francesco Bonami, of ex-director of the Design Museum in London Deyan Sudjic, the curator and essayist Francesco Zanot and the architect Valerio Paolo Mosco.

Useful information: Palazzo Morando, via Sant'Andrea 6, Milan, open from Tuesday to Sunday 10am - 5.30pm

Robin Lopvet. Living Certosa, Milano Certosa District, from April 16 to the end of June 2024

Robin Lopvet loves to play. Or rather, Robin Lopvet is a narrator of the imagination and he does it with the camera. So the French photographer went around the Certosa district, that area of the Milanese city between Piazza Cacciatori delle Alpi and Via Varesina, to photograph those who live and work from those parts.

Artisans, workers, restaurateurs are just some of the professionals portrayed representing the area. Then he created large format collages playing on manual skills, his own and that of the people portrayed, to compose a highly ironic fable about the redevelopment process underway in the area.

And now those photos are exhibited in an exhibition curated by the Kublaiklan collective as outdoor installations.

Useful information: Living Certosa, Milan Certosa District, from 16 April to the end of June.

Interni Cross Vision, different locations in Milan, from 15th to April 28

From Milan to the world and vice versa. This is how we can describe the event to celebrate 70 years of Interni magazine during the FuoriSalone, perhaps one of the most representative events of the magazine's soul.

Because it has always showcased the relationship between architecture, design and art, three irreplaceable elements for describing the complexity of the project, which has always been at the center of Interni's editorial work. But naturally we look to the future and the appointment withCross Vision intends to highlight Italian know-how in a comparison with the cultures of other countries, placing emphasis on the objective common to cultivate a sense of beauty.

Here, the transversal vision lies here, in thinking about beauty through a project that arises from Different Cultures, Different Countries, Different Knowledge. A beautiful intersection, made of industrial innovation and artisan tradition, which brings together a series of names in Italian and international design capable of narrating the present while looking to the time to come.

Cross Vision is to be explored among the spaces of theState University of Milan (via Festa del Perdono), the Audi House of Progress (corso Venezia 11), the Eni Space of the Brera Botanical Garden (via Fiori Oscuri 4), Eataly (piazza XXV Aprile 10), Urban Up (Unipol via De Castillia 23), Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (largo Gemelli 1). From 15th to 28th April. See the article on Interni.

GhostForm. The house inside, Ica Foundation, Milan, from 10 April to 19 July

This time Formafantasma deals with the decorative in a journey into the home understood as an introspective space. The protagonist is the childhood home, the one full of handmade objects, decorative elements, to become a symbol of a criticism of modernism as an ideological dogma which considers sobriety virtue decidedly superior to the decorative.

Which however is capable of creating a domestic dimension. It is, as Formafantasma explained to the curator, "a romantic attempt to give dignity to personal memories and to what is often culturally vilified, the decorative, the cute and, by extension, the feminine".

The result is a reflection on memory through objects that compose a story about what has been lost or is at risk of extinction.
Useful information: Fondazione Ica, via Orobia 26, open on Wednesdays from 2pm to 6pm, from Thursday to Saturday from 12pm to 7pm. Special openings during the inaugural days of the Show (on icamilano.it).

Olivetti. Stories from a collection, Palazzo Arese Borromeo, Cesano Maderno, from 13 April to 2 June

Richard Neutra in 1958 signed the preface of a catalog of Olivetti products and then, as a reward, asked for aLetter 22; Umberto Eco in Arte Programmata of 1962, theorized art kinetic as 'open work'; while Enzo Mari designs the Olivetti diaries with drawings by Jean-Michel Folon. And then... extraordinary advertisements, starting with the legendary letter written on the typewriter itself, the Valentine designed by Ettore Sottsass: «Dear Valentine, I want to tell you hereby that I am happy with our friendship and that I will write you many letters."

Communication, graphics and advertising from the Olivetti planet are on display to celebrate its 90th anniversary (and in a volume published by Ronzani - we talked about it here).

Over 500 objects including projects, drawings, brochures, posters, company books, instruction booklets and catalogues make up the story of "doing well" by the Olivetti factory and its great attention to communication: it must be done do things well and make it known, as Olivetti said.
Useful information: Palazzo Arese Borromeo, Cesano Maderno, for timetables consult site.

Inga Sempé. The imperfect house, Triennale, Milan, from 15 April to 15 September

The objects and furniture designed by the French Inga Sempè design a space always balanced between the serious and the facetious. Or rather, a note of irony always accompanies the lines chosen for living together with the colors, inevitable in her universe. Which is told here together with its proximity to Italy, an area that Sempé frequented a lot for its styles, colors, for the language (which he masters very well) capable of being translated into particular forms, but also for the numerous professional collaborations.

This exhibition is dedicated to Sempé's most recent work, including projects, objects and drawings, exhibited in a domestic space designed by Studio A/C and by herself: a scale house that narrates the intriguing mechanics and the colorful functionality of Sempé's design.

Useful information: Triennale, viale Alemagna 6, Milan, open from Tuesday to Sunday 11am - 8pm.