Aldo Rossi Design 19601997 exhibition at the Museo del Novecento in Milan
“Aldo Rossi. Design 1960-1997”the recently opened exhibition at Novecento Museum in Milanoffers the public a “imaginative and spectacular” unprecedented look at more than 350 works including furniture, everyday objects, paintings and prototypes made by the Italian architect from 1960 to 1997. A collection of works brought together for the first time thanks to the collaboration of important museums, archives of company, public and private, Italian and international collections. A story that begins in 1960 with the first pieces of furniture designed and created with the architect Leonardo Ferrari, but already witnesses of Aldo Rossi’s research on the relationship between the architectural and urban scale and the monumental and objectal scale, which will characterize all of his future works. The exhibition continues through a selection of more than 70 pieces of furniture and objects designed from 1979, when Aldo Rossi began his collaboration with important high-end industrial and artisan brands. During this period the Italian architect often experimented with shapes and colors, using different materials: metals, wood, marble, stone, ceramics, porcelain, as well as artisanal and industrial fabrics and plastics. Years in which he gave life to furniture and everyday products that have become reality Italian and international design iconssome still produced today.
The exhibition is part of the activities of the Museo del Novecento, aimed at exploring the interdisciplinary dialogue between the different arts. A characteristic condition of contemporaneity and which, in the multifaceted figure of Aldo Rossi – architect, designer, theoretician and critic – certainly finds a major protagonist of the visual culture of the 20th century.
The design of the exhibition, curated by the architect Morris Deputy by the studio MA Architects, collaborator then partner of Aldo Rossi in New York, is organized in nine rooms. Each space represents an Aldo Rossi “universe”, where a direct relationship can be perceived between the graphic works of the architect and his artisanal and industrial products, while references to his architecture and his private space also emerge. Thus, for example, in the first room, the direct relationship between the painted image and the object reality is introduced, while the second space is dedicated to prototypes and variations of an imaginary domestic setting. This concept continues in the third room where, together with the tea services designed for Alessi, the unpublished designs of the house of Aldo Rossi in Via Rugabella are also exhibited. By moving from one room to another, the visitor can notice constants, such as the relationship to architecture that emerges throughout the exhibition and which is underlined in the furniture projects created for the Carlo Felice Theater of Genoa and in the Museo chair designed for the Bonnefantens. Museum in Maastricht (UniFor, 1994), exhibited in room 8. The route of the exhibition ends with the Teatro del Mondo, a magical and mysterious architecture which, recalling the temporary works exhibited at the beginning, offers an ideal end.
The exhibition is accompanied by the catalog raisonné entitled “Aldo Rossi. Design 1960-1997” published by Silvana Editoriale, curated by Chiara Spangaro and including a critical essay written by Domitilla Dardi, which brings together, for the first time, all of Aldo Rossi’s completed and unpublished design works, together with an extensive program of events collaterals.
Images courtesy of Museo del Novecento – Milan
(16-23) Aldo Rossi. Design 1960-1997, installation view at the Museo del Novecento. Ph: Francesco Carlini
Title: Aldo Rossi. Design 1960-1997
Organized by Chiara Spangaro
exhibition scenography Morris Adjmi – MA Architectes
Date: April 29 – October 2, 2022
Venue: Museo del Novecento, Milan
01, Aldo Rossi, Interno milanese con persona che osserva il Duomo con nebbia, 1989. Collezione privata. © Eredi Aldo Rossi, courtesy Fondazione Aldo Rossi.
02, Aldo Rossi, La conica espresso coffee, 1984 Alessi. © Eredi Aldo Rossi, courtesy Fondazione Aldo Rossi.
03, Aldo Rossi, The Man from Forkas, 1980, Collezione privata. © Eredi Aldo Rossi, courtesy Fondazione Aldo Rossi.
04 Aldo Rossi, Armadio Cabina dell’Elba, 1982 Bruno Longoni Atelier d’arredamento, Cantù. © Eredi Aldo Rossi, courtesy Fondazione Aldo Rossi.
05 Aldo Rossi, Servizio Tea & Coffee Piazza, 1983 Servizio da tè e caffè, Alessi. © Eredi Aldo Rossi, courtesy Fondazione Aldo Rossi.
06 Aldo Rossi, Riflessi della luce elettrica sull’acciaio, 1985, Collezione privata. © Eredi Aldo Rossi, courtesy Fondazione Aldo Rossi.
07 Aldo Rossi, Studio per tappeto, 1986, Collezione privata. © Eredi Aldo Rossi, courtesy Fondazione Aldo Rossi.
08 Aldo Rossi, Studio per orologio da polso Momento, 1987. Museo Alessi. © Eredi Aldo Rossi, courtesy Fondazione Aldo Rossi.
09 Aldo Rossi, Senza titolo, 1989. Collezione privata. © Eredi Aldo Rossi, courtesy Fondazione Aldo Rossi.
ten Aldo Rossi, La cubica pentole, 1991 Alessi. Alessi Museum. © Eredi Aldo Rossi, courtesy Fondazione Aldo Rossi.
11 Aldo Rossi, Serie di mobili Fiorentino, 1992-1995. Collezione Bruno Longoni Workshop of arredamento, Cantù. © Eredi Aldo Rossi, courtesy Fondazione Aldo Rossi.
12 Aldo Rossi, Interno-esterno, 1994. © Eredi Aldo Rossi, courtesy Fondazione Aldo Rossi.
13 Aldo Rossi and the poltrona Parigi by UniFor, 1989. © Federico Brunetti. Courtesy of Federico Brunetti.
14 Aldo Rossi and Luca Meda, libreria modulare Piroscafo, 1992. Molteni&C, Giussano. Molteni Museum. © Eredi Aldo Rossi, courtesy Molteni&C.
15 Aldo Rossi, Scrivania Papyro, 1990 Molteni&C, Giussano. Molteni Museum. © Eredi Aldo Rossi, courtesy Fondazione Aldo Rossi.
16-23 Aldo Rossi. Design 1960-1997, installation view at the Museo del Novecento. Ph: Francesco Carlini