17 March 2015
Le regole del gioco
Fondazione Achille Castiglioni
A cura di Luca Lo Pinto, direzione artistica Edoardo Bonaspetti
February, 21 > April, 11
Le regole del gioco [“The Rules of the Game”], curated by Luca Lo Pinto at the studio museum of Achille Castiglioni, star of 20th-century Italian design, is a highly stimulating exhibition. The works of eighteen Italian and foreign artists blend into the settings of the sitting room, the meeting room, the space used for design and the archive of materials. They have been conceived as a counterpoint to an unprecedented exploration of the creative life of the Milanese designer, who smiles down at visitors from a poster of the Flos company (the partner in many of his creations), hidden by a ladder, itself a piece of history. What makes this architecture of anecdotes and objects reverberate is the designer’s daughter Giovanna, whom Patrick Tuttofuoco has turned into a living sculpture by creating for her a dress with his portrait. Jason Dodge, on the other hand, has turned the place into the setting of a fantastic fable by inviting—it is said—a gaggle of geese to spend a day there. Céline Condorelli has written phrases inspired by friendship and teamwork on four specimens of the Lampadina (1972), against the everyday backdrop of the studio; while Christoph Meier has replaced the mythical Arco floor lamp (1962) with an inaccurate copy, stolen from the home of his grandparents. Processes, authoriality and invention have been the inspiration for all the works, turning the reverential awe that people feel toward the great masters into energy.