Xerjoff Magazine

Ornament is not a crime


The exhibition "What A Wonderful World" proposes an exciting and original journey through the centuries, to understand how much decorations and the ornaments tell about us and the world around us.

Adolf Loos, a famous rationalist architect, in his book “Ornament and Crime” dismissed the ornamentation as a childish and useless tinsel. A point of view that an exhibition entitled “What A Wonderful World” refutes instead emphasizing the deep meaning of the ornament. The exhibition held in Reggio Emilia at the Palazzo Magnani (Corso Garibaldi, 29) and Chiostri di San Pietro (Via Emilia San Pietro 44 / C) offices offers a fascinating journey through the long history of the Ornament between art and nature, from the ancient age to the great protagonists of art history, displaying over 200 works by various authors (lbrecht Dürer, Leonardo da Vinci, Giovan Battista Piranesi, William Morris, Koloman Moser, Maurits Cornelis Escher, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Giacomo Balla, Robert Kushner, Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Peter Halley, Cesare Tacchi, Shirin Neshat).

The aim is to show how the Ornament cannot be considered as a simple and superficial embellishment, but rather a phenomenon that involves everyday life and our relationship with aesthetics, going through historical processes, intertwining cultures, as well as elements of philosophical, sociological and anthropological nature. “What a wonderful world. The long history of the Ornament between art and nature”, Curated by Claudio Franzoni and Pierluca Nardoni in collaboration with the Scientific Committee of the Palazzo Magnani Foundation, is in progress until March 8th, 2020.

Above: Keith Haring, Untitled (Egypt), 1982, Milan, Collezione Consolandi © Roberto Marossi