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“La casa Morbida”

“La casa Morbida. Tra Arte e Design”: until May 5th at the Poldi Pezzoli Museum in Milan

The coolest Design Week in Europe is arriving in Milan and the city is already full of life, museums and galleries offer a calendar of events obviously design oriented. Among the exhibitions you can’t miss – as well as the quality of the curatorial choices (headed by Beppe Finessi ) for the charm of the place in which it is housed – the one in the spectacular rooms of the Poldi Pezzoli Museum.

Takes place here the exhibition “La casa morbida”, a great opportunity to appreciate the link between the ancient textile tradition and its contemporary identity and application. On display important products of industrial design, modern and contemporary design masterpieces by Vico Magistretti, Alessandro Mendini, Bruno Munari, Gaetano Pesce and Ettore Sottsass, and also by new designers on the international scene like Ronan and Erwan Bourollec Scholten & Baijings, Matali Crasset, Martí Guixé and Luca Nichetto.

La Casa Morbida. Tra Arte e Design.

from March 26 to May 5, 2014

Museo Poldi Pezzoli, Milan

Dries Van Noten: Inspirations

The work of the belgian fashion designer, Dries Van Noten, is featured at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.


This is the very first exhibition devoted to the artist’s work where Dries Van Noten takes us on an intimate journey into his artistic universe, he reveals the singularity of his creative process which he illustrates with his various and numerous sources of inspiration. An exhibition that embraces all his interior world and reveals the uniqueness of his creative process through the eclecticism of its universe of signs, shapes and colors settled in his mind, his cultural and aesthetic references.
The exhibition, open until the end of August, is the opportunity to see, perfectly mixed with the creations of Van Noten, masterpieces by important artists such as Bronzino, Kees Van Dongen, Yves Klein, Victor Vasarely, Francis Bacon, Elizabeth Peyton and Damien Hirst.

Dries Van Noten – Inspirations
March 1st – August 31st 2014
Muséé des Art décoratifs – Paris


The installations of Pea White, Californian artist known in Italy for its spectacular installation at the Venice Biennial in 2009, are never what they seem.

They give a misleading perception of the space in which they are conceived, like intricate games that give a strange but pleasant disorientation.

Pae’s works are rich in autobiographical references and bring together knowledge and skills from different cultures: references that give depth to artworks in which is pleasant to get lost.

His works are often intricate labyrinths of of wires, colored networks in contrast with the architectural space in which they are inserted and at the same time enhance its characteristics by building a fascinating dialogue with it. Like a spider weaving its net, Pae White captures with his plots fragments or small objects that remain suspended in the air waiting to be moved by the smallest movement of air.

Paris celebrates the art of textiles: Decorum exhibition at MAM

The Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris is highlighting the art of textiles with the exhibition Decorum. This exhibition will feature over a hundred rugs and tapestries created by modern (Francis Bacon, Pablo Picasso) as well as contemporary artists (Dewar & Gicquel, Vidya Gastaldon).

Decorum is a chance to discover the often unknown ventures into weaving by both major artists of the twentieth century, as well as lesser known artists (such as Guidette Carbonell). The exhibition also includes anonymous works from different time periods and regions in order to underscore meaningful similarities and differences. And includes some important Italian artists like Stefano Arienti, Alighiero Boetti, Piero Gilardi, Maria Lai, Aldo Mondino and Carol Rama.


February 2014 at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.

Art and fabric: Mike Kelley

Who is not keen on contemporary art probably does not know the work of Mike Kelley, who saw even only one of his many installations – maybe in an exhibition with many other works – is certainly fascinated by this. Born in Detroit in ’54, Kelley imposes itself on the international art scene since the early Eighties, when he start to produce a body of deeply innovative work mining popular culture and both modernist and alternative traditions. In his highly diversified work, he ranges across various media, wandering into different fields of expression in both art and music, and never accepting any distinction between high and traditional art. He uses apparently commonplace objects and artifacts (pieces of fabrics, stuffed animals or carpets) subverting their meaning and emphasing their power of communication: a very strong and intense work.
His works are now in the world’s most prestigious public and private collections, including those of MoMA and the Whitney and Guggenheim in New York, the Pinault Collection in Paris and Venice, the Reina Sofía in Madrid, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit, MCA Chicago and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.

Piero Fornasetti, 100 years of practical madness

On the occasion of the centenary of Piero Fornasetti’s birth, the Triennale Design Museum presents a first grand and unprecedented exhibition of the artist’s work, from the beginning to his death in 1988.

Triennale Design Museum chose to pay tribute to Fornasetti, defined by Pablo Neruda “the magician of the accurate and valuable magic”, to underscore the artist’s role and propose a new and more correct reading of his work.

Painter, engraver and printer, designer, collector, stylist, refined craftsman, art gallery manager and exhibition promoter, Fornasetti has been an extremely rich and complex personality. Out of the conventional cultural schemes of the last century, with his poetry (sometimes surrealistic) and his boundless imagination has made thousands of precious objects, fabrics and prints.

The exhibition includes more than 1000 pieces, mostly from the extraordinary Fornasetti archive, curated by Barnaba Fornasetti: in Milan a look at his refined taste and its unique universe of signs.

Until 9th of February 2014 at the Triennale Design Museum, Milan.


Palazzo Grassi is hosting a very special project, an exhibition that explains the friendship between an artist and one of the most important and and influential contemporary art’s collector. It’s the personal exhibition of Rudolf Stingel in the François Pinault’s Foundation, one the most fascinating palace in Venice.

Stingel, an Italian artist based in New York, shows all his expressing universe placing in a place rich of history a selection of artworks with a romantic spirit inside and perfectly in accordance with the palace. The walls of the foundations are the surface where the artist expresses himself, floors and ceilings are completely covered by a moquette that reproduces an antique Transilvanian carpet found in an oriental book of manufacturings. Photos and paintings complete the exhibition’s narrative that tells about a life in the art’s world through Biennials and important museum worldwide.
More than 5.000 square meters are dedicated to discover Rudolf Stingel. Visit it, you’re in time till the 6th of January.




Until 6th of January, 2014
Palazzo Grassi – François Pinault Foundation

Collecting Textiles!

Which are the spirit and the motivations of a fabric’s collector? What drives him to try and rack up textile articles without ever being satisfied? Collecting Textiles, the book edited by Margaret Rosina published by Allemandi, gives a series of answers leading the reader in beautiful travel between different kinds of textile collections. With an introduction that gives a significant portrait of the collector Antonio Ratti (which includes an essay by Thomas P. Campbell, director of the Metropolitan Museum in New York), the volume continues with interesting speeches and unpublished images.

This particular way of collecting is explained through three key themes: the figure of the collector (Annette Schiek’s Deutsche Textilmuseum Krefeld, Aurélie Samuel Musée Guimet of Paris, Maria Paola Ruffino’s Civic Museum of Ancient Art in Turin and Seth Siegelaub, founder of Stichting Egress Foundation), the identity of the collections and the birth of the textile museums (Angela Völker the MAK in Vienna, Jacqueline Jacqué the Musée de l’Impression sur Etoffes Mulhouse, Eulalia Morral of the Centre de Romeu Documentaciò the Museu Tèxtil Terrasa and Filippo Guarini of the Textile Museum of Prato), and finally the complex problem of exposure of textiles (Magdalena Droste, a student of the Bauhaus textiles Sonnet Stanfill and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London).

A beautiful book and a great way to learn about the history of the fabric… enjoy the reading to you all!

Collecting Textiles
Patrons Collections Museums
by Margherita Rosina
2013 – Ed. Allemandi & C., Torino

Understated contemporary charm: Euphoria is the new l’Opificio’s Collection!

Stripes, polka dots and a sophisticated design that seems to suggests the veins of marble are the three different lines of the Euphoria Collection, the new l’Opificio’s proposal that matches rigor, elegance and unconventional graphic signs.

With a strong palette, tasteful shades and rich contrasts Stripe, Polka Dots and Marble represent a understated contemporary charm.