At the Triennale, Art and Industry Come Face to Face in the Collection of Massimo De Carlo

At the Triennale, Art and Industry Come Face to Face in the Collection of Massimo De Carlo
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The dialogue between art and industry is illuminated by the colours of the ceramic products created in Weimar in the years before the Second World War, the liveliness of the embroidered letters of Alighiero Boetti, the impact of the posters by Italian graphic artist and designer AG Fronzoni. Showing the relationship between the disciplines and modes of production of artists and designers, conducting an investigation on the rapport between serial manufacturing and works of art, an exhibition that embodies, in over one-hundred objects on display in the spaces of the Triennale, all the passion and dedication of Massimo De Carlo for art. The ceramics of Weimar, born out of the Bauhaus movement and a remarkable example of manufactured serial works - which the celebrated gallery owner collected for over twenty years - flank the colourful embroidery of Alighiero Boetti which intertwine ancient techniques for working with fabric with a reflection on the act of individual creation. These works - at the centre of an exhibition entitled UNICO E RIPETIBILE. Arte e Industria nelle Collezioni di Massimo De Carlo - were created delegating their production to Afghan artisans to become a symbol of the reflection of Boetti on art and life. The third nucleus of works on display are the posters of AG Fronzoni, created to promote expos, cultural gatherings, political events. With their dynamic tension between fullness and emptiness and the unique use of fonts and colours, the impeccable and cutting graphics of Fronzoni mirror his fascinating philosophy that interprets the superfluous, the excessive, the redundant as a waste in aesthetic, ethical and moral terms. Putting these three bodies of works and objects into dialogue, the work of architect Matilde Cassani whose choices in setting up the exhibition highlight the narrative and affective character of these works, each of which vibrates with passion readily capable of transcending geographical and cultural bounds.
Samantha De Martin - © 2018 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Milano