GASTEL AND SOTTSASS. THE TRIENNALE PAYS TRIBUTE TO THE GREATEST
The Triennale di Milano opens in rapid succession two exhibitions that pay tribute to two great and eclectic protagonists of Milanese and international culture: Giovanni Gastel and Ettore Sottsass, indeed, stands out for their extraordinary creativity and vision through which they were able to range in the most disparate fields, from writing to photography, architecture, graphics, philosophy, often merging languages. "Two great characters who have accompanied us with their genius for a long part of our lives" recall their friends Lucchini and Borioli.
The first event (1 December 2021 – 13 March 2022) is a tribute to the recently perished photographer Giovanni Gastel (Milan, 1955 –2021) through two exhibitions: The people I like, in collaboration with the MAXXI National Museum of XXI Century Arts, Rome, and The Jewels of Fantasy, in collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Photography.
The people I like, curated by Uberto Frigerio with a production by Lissoni Associati, presents over 200 portraits which testify the immense variety of encounters that has characterized Gastel's long career. A dedalus of faces, postures, dreams of characters from the world of culture, design, art, fashion, music, entertainment, politics. Simultaneously, the exhibition The jewels of fantasy, conceived in collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Photography, presents one of the first internationally successful works by Giovanni Gastel: 20 images part of a larger project commissioned to the author by Daniel Swarowsky Corporation in 1991 for the book of the same name and the exhibition of jewelry of the twentieth century, both curated by Deanna Farneti Cera.
The second appointment allows us to discover the reconstruction of Casa di Lana, a Milanese house in which the brilliant architect Ettore Sottsass (1917-2007) put his aesthetic and color sense. Ettore Sottsass. Structure and color, curated by Marco Sammicheli, first out of a series of three exhibitions, will be open from 3 December 2021 to 13 March 2022.
"Structure and color" takes its title from an article Sottsass wrote in 1954, and presents pictorial works, drawings, photographs and objects that highlight the designer's particular attention to the relationship between man, his needs, his rites and the inhabited space.