Museum of Art Pudong (MAP)'s new exhibition for fall 2022, Design For Fun - Italian Contemporary Design opens on September 28, 2022. The exhibition is produced by Lujiazui (Group) Co., Ltd., organized by MAP, and supported by the Consul General of Italy in Shanghai, the Italian Cultural Institute of Shanghai, R.P. of China as well as MondoMostre S.r.l.
The exhibition is located at exhibition halls 4A and 4B of MAP, and it is divided into thirteen sub-units, altogether presenting a pyrotechnic display which focuses on the greatest Italian designs created over the last seventy years. The exhibition develops on a path marked by a succession of thematic modules, each defined by a cluster of objects that interpret and explicate the subject. They are timeless and without borders, having origins in iconic presences and moving toward derivations and evolutions. No module exhausts its own theme but instead suggests its boundaries and ingredients.
In the order of exhibition viewing, the thirteen units are respectively " The Joyful Tragedy of Living", " To See, To Be Seen", "Theoretical Objects", " Fragile but Eternal", "The Soft Shape", "Trapping Light in Color", "Simplicity as an Ornament", "A Second Nature", "Playing Seriously", "Future-Proof", "The Face and the Soul", "Nomadic Design", and "Daily Rituals." The exhibition includes many classic pieces designed by world-renowned designers, such as Ettore Sottsass, Cleto Munari, Alessandro Mendini, Philippe Starck, Vico Magistretti and Barnaba Fornasetti. Among them, some have works scattered throughout the exhibition hall, spanning across multiple modules, which is a key indication of their multi-faceted talents in various segments of the design field.
The exhibition Design For Fun - Italian Contemporary Design is is conceived and designed by world-famous Italian designer Aldo Cibic, who is the co-founder of the Memphis Group and an honorary professor at Tongji University, along with Joseph Dejardin from Cibic Workshop. It is co-curated by Italian architect, design and architectural historian and critic Enrico Morteo, architectural historian and critic, Prof. Maria Vittoria Capitanucci of Politecnico di Milano, and board member of International Award for Art Criticism (IAAC), Prof. Ling Min from the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art History at Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts.
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