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“Memphis-Plastic Field”: design and art during the Biennale Architettura in Venice

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“Memphis-Plastic Field”: design and art during the Biennale Architettura in Venice

At Palazzo Franchetti (San Marco 2847, Venice), on the occasion of the 16th edition of Biennale Architettura, Fondazione Berengo, is hosting “Memphis -Plastic Field”, an exhibition of Memphis group’s design works curated by Adriano Berengo and Jean Blanchaert, featuring a selection of the most famous works of the collective, including contemporary productions of their earliest works conceived in the period from 1981 to 1987.

Alongside Sottsass’ masterpieces, “Plastic Field” will offer the chance for visitors to enjoy the design works signed by Zanini, De Lucchi, Zanuso Jr, Bley, Bedin, Mendini, Mariscal, Kuramata, Cibic, Graves, Iosa Ghini, ceramics by Thun, Taylor, Umeda, Sowden, and Sanchez silver works by Shire and Branzi and rugs by Du Pasquier.

Memphis’ innate irreverence shines through the exhibition’s structure as well, whose set-up by IB Studio (Milan) reshapes Palazzo Franchetti’s through Carlton’s geometrical skeleton, Sottsass’ 1981 iconic bookshelf that incarnates the postmodernist soul of its designer.

Furthermore, a more than 7 meters tall golden cage occupies Palazzo Franchetti’s courtyard. It is “Gilded Cage” by Ai Weiwei, one of the Chinese artist-activist’s newest and most impactful urban installations, appearing last fall in New York’s Central Park as part of the public artwork series conceived as a campaign to raise awareness on the global refugees issue.

Above : “Tawaraya” Wooden boxing ring, designed by Masanori Umeda with Memphis Collective, 1981. Ph by Studio Az