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.