16 September 2019


Ettore Sottsass and the Social Factory

Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (US)
–6 Oct 2019


The exhibition focusing on the Italian designer and architect Ettore Sottsass launches a new two-year exhibition initiative by ICA Miami on developments in post-war and contemporary design and their relationship to contemporary art. Sottsass has acquired a firm place in the history of design; his name is inseparably linked with the terms Alchimia and Memphis. The ICA wants to look beyond his position to the social and economic context of his work. As a result, the exhibition displays Sottsass’s Ceramic Totems and Superboxes dating from the 1960s, and conceptual drawings and photographs from the 1970s againstthe backdrop of the social unrest that followed Italy’s post-war economic boom. The museum also presents the subsequent works for Alchimia and Memphis and later furniture designs as Sottsass’ own engagement with the themes of his time.


Nº 284
Region of Design

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