Posts with tag ‘Arts’
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The fair, the queen of art markets: a place where since the Middle Ages human beings have not only done their business but also updated, interacted, and exchanged ideas, cultures and languages. In February 2020, the world was unconsciously approaching what has been called the "most serious crisis faced by postwar governments". Culture will be exiled from its places, including the fair. After the first uncertain reboots of the summer, with the Milanese contemporary...


“La Moda in altro Modo” lands on Youtube, images and testimonies on the golden years of Italian fashion in which Flavio Lucchini has been creator and protagonist as art director and creator of magazines. Project by Gisella Borioli with direction by Giovanni Gastel, the film is a visual and complementary story of the autobiography “Il Destino - dovevo fare il contadino ma ho incontrato la moda (e non sono uno stilista) by Lucchini. A fascinating journey marked by social, costumes, taste and socio-politics changes transformations which Lucchini interpreted through his magazines and his art. Fundamental steps. The 50’s of New Look by Dior: Lucchini creates Fantasia. The 60’s between Haute Couture and Beatles: Lucchini designs Amica and transforms Novità to Vogue...


The metropolis of oil, of daring skyscrapers, of finance, of Expo, of expats, of health tourism, of desert, of future, and of hundreds more clichés, that often do not tell the whole truth. Along with Sharjah and Abu Dhabi, Dubai is growing as art city, as focal point of Arab Emirates responsive to visual contemporary creativity, with festivals, exhibitions, museums, galleries, exhibiting centres, urban installations, international calls for public and private projects. The arrival in the capital of Ida Zilio Grandi from Venice as director of the “Istituto Italiano di Cultura, the opening of Oblong Contemporary Gallery on the Bluewaters island with Paola Marucci, Emanuela Venturini and the Galleria Contini, the new designation of Giuseppe Moscatello as art-consultant with many prestigious assignments including ...

“I am 50. Hard for me to believe it, I say this because I’m still the same, I still have my Dodgers baseball cap, coloured hands... I still get excited when I am given a new Hot Wheels as a present, I still get emotional when I look back at photos of my friends who have gone away too soon; this is the spirit that guided me up to now and it’s the same one that brought me back to MyOwnGallery of Superstudio, with my solo exhibition...”. “THE PIECE (PEACE) MAKER” it is not just an exhibition, but a celebration of “Underground Culture” by Milanese artist Flycat, an indisputable forefather of the first generation of Writing and Hip Hop culture in Italy. To celebrate his 50th birthday and 36 years of artistic career, 100 art works including paintings, sculptures, drawings, and much more, narrate the story and philosophy of the ..
Artist, sculptor, cultural businessman, and over the last ten years, designer, it is hard to define Kim Seung Hwan in only one discipline. “Organismi & Harmonie” presents a hybrid collection between sculpture and design, thus defining the new aesthetic direction taken by the artist. The exhibition curated by Martina Corgnati, highlights artifices and nature, modernism and archaism that reconnect to the geometric and mathematical laws and underlines the impeccable control by Korean sculptor of plastic materials, from bronze to polystyrene up to stone. Kim Seung Hwan begins his career in the nineties at Pietrasanta where he attends the Carrara Accademy, and then continue his journey in Asia. In 2008, together with his wife Lanki Jung, he founded, on the outskirts of Seoul, the large centre for contemporary art Dio Art Center that..
A large gallery mainly dedicated to sculpture is born in Dubai on the recently built artificial island Blue Waters, a luxury and peaceful oasis right in front of the chaotic Dubai Marine. Oblong, 300sq.m and large window glasses that give light, is born from the will by Mara Firetti, Paola Marucci, Emanuela Venturini, three passionate women who have dealt with art all their lives. The gallery in Dubai arrives a few months after the one of Marina di Pietrasanta. They both offer an accurate selection of art works by top level either very well known or less known artists, including Igor Mitoraj, Manolo Valdés, Flavio Lucchini, Mario Arlati and more. Info:

"Man on the Moon” exhibition will be the protagonist in June, it recalls the Ghost Book theme, a new editorial and multimedia project on Italian art photography, founded by Giorgio Racca. Pier Paolo Pitacco, art-director and well-known artist at Superstudio for his numerous collaborations, in charge of graphics and contents explains: “Ghost presents original and uncommon stories, alternating great names and emerging young ones. The number 5 volume, just like the exhibition, is indeed dedicated to the 50th anniversary since the Moon landing. About ten authors describe their personal vision of the satellite with their photographs. An evocative and fascinating exhibition and a step to create a community that shares research of quality and that finds itself in a class publication”. 

Having Japan in our heart, we couldn’t not visit the new spectacular Mori Building Digital Art Museum: teamLab Borderless. Created by the Japanese collective teamLab including architects, engineers, mathematicians, artists and musicians, located in the artificial technological island of Odaiba in Tokyo, the museum fascinates for the ability to combine figurative art and technologies of virtual reality. There are no art works to admire, you immerse yourself in the art work and interact with it inside light waterfalls, expanses of roses that transform into sunflowers and butterflies, mutant animals, enchanted forests of lamps, trees to be climbed, marine landscapes, symphonies of futuristic leds. Not just projections but unique sceneries that transmit a continuous emotion. And, moreover, labs for children and a tea house where you can ..
Alessandro Mendini, a Master and a fundamental and unforgettable personality in the post-modern design panorama, since the creation of Alchimia in the late 70’s, has been close to Superstudio not only as a friend but also as an author of various exhibitions and installations in addition to the “heart plate” designed for the Municipality of Milan. His ironic and disenchanted vision, his poetry and eclecticism, his openness and his vision, have been instructive for many designers who became famous. His pieces are now icons kept both in houses and many museums. Among the thousands of unforgettable works, the Proust armchair and the museum of Groninger in Holland. We honour him, with this last interview to Gisella Borioli. Thank you Alessandro.What changed, since 2000, and what will change? In these twenty years, the world has become di..
An ambitious project by CLEVERCities: to promote and create between today and 2023 green infrastructures and innovative natural solutions. Superstudio has been pioneer of times, and in 2014 hosted on the Roof the first large urban vegetable garden in Milan, a green project by Fondazione Pistoletto, with the permanent “Third Paradise” installation by the well-known artist. The project continued on the occasion of Expo2015 with the first paddy field on roof by Coltivare la Città association. The Roof Tour supported by CLEVERCities ends right at Superstudio: on 14th June a guided visit from 5pm by Ambiente Italia in collaboration with ROOF-matters and Ordine degli Architetti of Milan. Info:
A subtle fil-rouge, at Superdesign Show 2019, connects proposals and research that are the basis of today’s design-thinking. Over these last few years’ creative bulimia, a lot of excesses displaced us and made us forget the great masters’ lessons, cultures embedded in our DNA, undeniable traditions, environmental risks and fears which, everyone, from now on, must face. On the another hand, the aesthetic changing trend does not stop, it feeds on invisible inspirations, welcomes cryptic messages, destroys and creates trends, interferes with desires, creates new consumption models. And a third aspect, technology moves with extreme acceleration transforming our own lives but is increasingly human-tech. The theme of this edition of Superdesign Show is Innovation&Tradition, born from the awareness of the co-existence of these three in..
Unreal but real, is the unreal yet real exhibition, to see only through your smartphone or tablet. The immaterial Toys by Flavio Lucchini, large sculptures of overlapped cubes like huge colourful toys, punctuate the whole path of Supedesign Show. Sculptures are photographed with the inevitable smartphone and are immortalized forever, but in reality they don’t exist as the space remains empty: they are born as small real maquettes designed by the artist but they transform themselves into unreal monuments through the technology of Sense - immaterial Reality, the latest evolution of augmented reality. All you need to do is download the App Flavio Lucchini Art, identify outside or inside of Superstudio the art-markers that indicate the points where the art works are located. Therefore frame the surface indicated by the art-markers and a scu..
Igloos doesn’t come unnoticed, the extraordinary exhibition that welcomes visitors in the immense Hangar Pirelli Bicocca in Milan, open until the 24th February 2019. A dreamlike village that gathers conceptual “shelters” created by Mario Merz (1925-2003), master of Arte Povera, throughout the years with natural materials or ones that life provided him, pieces of woods, concrete rebars, faggots picked up in woods, broken glasses, metal sheets, words turned into lights with neons. Igloos in particular, visually reminiscing primordial homes, for the artist become the archetype of the inhabited places in the world and the metaphor of the different relations between indoor and outdoor, between physical and conceptual space, between individuality and community. An exhibition project curated by Vicente Todolí and created in collaboration ..
Among the interviews along with the numerous tributes to Flavio Lucchini’s anniversary, we propose an excerpt of the one published on Domus, that briefly retraces his professional story. You have been one of the most influential people in publishing in the 60’s/70’s/80’s. How (and when) have you discovered your vocation for fashion? As Giorgio Armani says, I was not born with the vocation for fashion as happens for many young ones from an early age. At primary school I was good at drawing. At high school I definitely wanted to be an artist. Fashion came working. After studying Architecture in Venice and Art at Accademia di Brera, you decided to dedicate yourself to fashion publishing. My experience in the graphic design began in Milan, where I moved in early 50’s attending Politecnico and, later on Accademia di Brera. I t..
The 90th anniversary of Flavio Lucchini and his long journey in fashion as creator of the most important magazines, art director, publisher, artist. At La Triennale di Milano a night dedicated to Lucchini's birthday, "Ricomincio da 90", celebrates the fruitfulness and continuous creative attention of an innovator who has left his mark in the fashion world in Milan. Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 9 pm we celebrate with a private event in the Hall of Honor with the movie LA MODA IN ALTRO MODO (project by Gisella Borioli, with the contribution of Oliviero Toscani and Giovanni Gastel, directed by Giovanni Gastel) and the presentation of book-autobiography IL DESTINO - dovevo fare il contadino ma ho incontrato la moda (e non sono uno stilista) in the presence of famous testimonials. To do the honors Stefano Boeri, President of the T..
An effervescent autumn in Superstudio 13 photographic studios, among new international advertising campaigns, global product launch and secured sets with unreachable celebrities. Cosmopolitan shot here its October cover with the curvy model Iskra Lawrence (in the photo) #bodypositive activist, queen of Instagram (4,2 million followers) and Ted Talk motivator. Rita Ora is a regular in our studios, she posed for Cosmopolitan, to then rush to the XFactor stage who attended her as international special guest. In addition, fashion week saw Tomorrow as protagonist, international multi-brand showroom, a small miracle as Italian management spread also in London, Hong, Kong, Paris and New York, a platform of sale, consulting, financial and communication services for consolidated and emerging brands. Simultaneously, a ton of beautiful models ani..
It was certainly not easy to rebuild Fiorucci’s history, that so much influenced the new generation’s style, just a few years after his death, and yet so many years after the ordeals that estranged him from his creation, depriving him even of the trademark. “Epoca Fiorucci” exhibition, open at Ca’ Pesaro in Venice until the 6th January, mends in a certain way the past to the present, reaching the phenomenon’s roots starting from the philosophy of the shops, real shop windows of his style. His world and his passions collided in these spaces: avant-garde fashion from swinging London onwards, post-modern design with the contribution of great innovators such as Sottsass, Mendini, Branzi, De Lucchi, pop and street art with the participation of standing artists such as Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol. Original dé..
Every month a new theme and a new subheading. However the recurrent title for the whole 2018 “I start over at 90”, recalls Flavio Lucchini’s long artistic itinerary, thirty years of experimentations in atelier, after forty years as art director and protagonist of the fashion publishing world. At ninety years old Flavio Lucchini takes a challenge with the exhibition of his essential work of his history as sculptor, many unpublished and never on show before ones divided by themes. “I start over at 90”, along with artist’s proof, preparatory sketches, maquettes, drawings, artist’s books and catalogues, press releases, memories, meetings, revisits, initiatives abroad, recounts an artist’s life that gave a strong contribution to the city’s continuous cultural growth. “In 1919 Duchamp used to say that art is dead. Thousands ..

Over 35.000 visitors in 48 hours. This was the surprising number of the “Salone della Cultura” last edition that is back again this year at Superstudio Più, on the 20th and 21st January. A landmark for those who love books and general culture, the Fair proposes educational courses and labs dedicated to the creation of paper jewellery and “sculpture books”. For art lovers, the possibility to see, for the first time in Milan, the exhibition of the portraitist photographer Ghitta Carrell, organised by Fondazione 3M, and the silk-screen printings by Emilio Isgrò, as well as young talents’ photography exhibition. Within the creator’s idea by Matteo Luterani of Luni Editrice and Sergio Malavasi of Maremagnum, the book remains still the main presence with new editorial proposals side by side with ancient and precious books, according to the consolidated format that made the Milanese public in love. 


If the exhibition arranged by Oroblù, lingerie and hosiery leader, was meant to celebrate its thirty years in collaboration with Giovanni Gastel and Flavio Lucchini that resulted in an exhibition combining the photographer’s magical clics with the art work splendours by the artist, just finished in MyOwnGallery, is to a book curated by Gisella Borioli, that Oroblù asks to immortalize the magical encounter and thank all those who have contributed and participated to the success of the company and event. “Inspiration” is a precious publication, with golden cover, in limited edition, presents inside a little slipcase, that marks a new Oroblù path towards palpable renovation and placement in the highest and most yearned for category of the market. With works by Lucchini and famous poets’ quotes that highlight the feminine beauty.


A ten year wait, double the expected time, for an artwork designed by Jean Nouvel. Located in the cultural district on the Saadiyat island, on a 97.000 surface, finally the Louvre of Abu Dhabi has opened to the public in an astonishing architecture surely destined to become a global icon. It is a sort of “sky metaphor” the large eight-layered “bee nest” dome, that proposes again geometrical forms in Arabic style. A net of corridors and canals built on water creates a sort of labyrinth, whereas beams of light filter from the roof and draw mysterious shades on the white walls’ surfaces. 

“The Louvre Abu Dhabi literally embodies an extraordinary project..."

A little sophisticated exhibition of drawings by Fabrizio Sclavi, is back on show, where colorful ceramics and glasses by Ettore Sottsass float in calm and luminous water. Superstudio’s tribute to the great architect, an unforgettable friend of the Lucchini-Borioli couple, who often collaborated with their initiatives. At the same time, presentation of the biographical book of Fabrizio Sclavi, journalist, fashion expert, illustrator, and more memories. An initiative in line with the “Ettore Sottsass There is a Planet” project by Barbara Radice at the Triennale of Milan from 15 September until 11 March 2018., 2-31 October 2017. Via Tortona 27 Milan.
It will be the next Moscow Design Week special event, in October, the DRESS-TOTEM exhibition by Flavio Lucchini, Chairman of Superstudio in the Altagamma gallery, invited to exhibit his art works that best illustrate the bond among art, fashion, design and architecture. The artist Lucchini comes from a long experience as an art director and creator of fashion magazines, who chose the obsession/admiration for the women dress as the base of his artistic research. The dress-totems on show are small cor-ten steel, painted metal, brushed steel, rusted iron sculptures, meant to be developed on large scale and set into a landscape where influences of fashion, design masters teaching, and his background as architect are visibleMOSCOW DESIGN WEEK, 10-15 October 2017. The exhibition continues until 15 January 2018 in the Altagamma Gallery. www.mosc..
It’s a trip back home for Flavio Lucchini, who left very young for Milan, where before he became art-director, inventor of many important fashion magazines (Amica, Vogue Italia, L’Uomo Vogue, Donna, Mondo Uomo, Moda etc.) and successful artist and after, at the same time founder and president of Superstudio Group. With a large corten steel sculpture, a tribute to fashion and its origins, Lucchini enters the court of honor of the Curtatone Municipality (in the photo), where he was born, invited by the mayor Carlo Bottani who wanted to celebrate the famous citizen with his particular “obelisk”
How can we classify certain objects whose forms free from any constraint seem closer to sculptures or collector’s items than to mass-produced pieces of furniture? They are proposals of art-design, original pieces able by themselves to characterize a setting and able to talk about the person who has chosen them and uses them more than a thousand words. Their creators are often designers who have let their imagination run wild, choosing to produce one-off pieces or limited editions, or artists intrigued by the possibility of using their works in different ways.ISLAMOPOLITAN (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES)ISLAM+COSMOPOLITAN. CONVERSATION BETWEEN ISLAM AND DESIGN COLLECTIVEAn initiative of Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq).Curated by Khalid Shafar and Giuseppe MoscatelloThe extraordinary exhibition Islamopolitan arrives from ..


On Superstudio’s Roof the great installation “Terzo Paradiso - Coltivare la Città” (Third Paradise - Grow the city) by Michelangelo Pistoletto. Born from a project by n.o.v.acivitas, turns an urban vegetable garden into a paddy eld that will narrate, through conferences, panel discussions, workshops, performances the relationship among design, nourishment, architecture and sustainable consumption. Artists and creative, architects and designers, world star personalities in-volved in promotion of sustainability and of social changes, will be committed, all through the duration of Expo, into an ed-ucational path having as symbolic focus and revolutionary seed precisely the rice grain.
Extraordinary project involving ecology, architecture, food, de-sign, art. SuperOrtoPiù is a 750msq large urban vegetable gar-den, a project by Michelangelo Pistoletto-Cittadellarte on Superstudio Più’s roof. The installation will be working regularly all through Expo 2015. Cultivate the city is the essential condi-tion to go back living happily in communities that integrate ag-riculture in the urban environment. The Third Paradise, the sign created by the artist to promote the contact between nature and human activities, which overlooks the installation, is be-coming a symbol of regenerations of the places and territories that host it. The event, by Fortunato D’Amico, in cooperation with N.O.V.A. Civitas and AIAPP Piemonte and Valla D’Aosta section, host artist’s installations, exhibitions dedicated to landscape and propo..