The book-catalogue of Skira published on the occasion of the exhibition 1000 Vases curated by Francesco Pirrello at Superstudio Più in September, is the proof of how much creativity is a transversal language throughout the world. The variety of proposals around a single object is of great interest for what it shows and what it implies.
One thousand vases. How not to smile and at the same time feel pleasure in seeing that in the world there are always moltitudes of creatives who devote so much of their time to make something that their imagination induces them or compels them to do? The “vase” theme already seems to limit the field a lot. The book 1000 vases curated by Pierpaolo Pitacco seems to me an excellent opportunity to reflect on the art and artists of today and yesterday.
There are so many presented vases and so are their creators, all with different tastes and belonging to different cultures. In front of many different examples it is spontaneous to ask: are the people who create vases artists, designers or artisans? This is a lazy question. Today the word art has so expanded in its meaning that it perhaps includes the whole world of doing. From the skyscraper to the food-art invented by the starry chef, from the dress of the more or less renowned fashion designer to the designer’s creative chair, from the pop painting to music or dance choreography, everything has the dignity of art. What strikes me and makes me optimistic is the growing desire to do something personal that I read in young creatives. Something that remains as a proof of your personality, of your life. Although it is a minimal object. Like a vase, in fact.
It’s because of the artists, designers and artisans that we love the beautiful things and all that we can like even for a moment or give us an indelible memory. But it is also because of us who feel the importance of art in life.