Architect, designer, artist and entrepreneur: this was Osvaldo Borsani, whose genius is celebrated by a beautiful  exhibit at the Milan Triennale, curated by Sir Norman Foster and Corrado Fantoni. The exhibit traces his human and professional activity from the beginning, when with his “Casa Minima”, presented in 1933 he won the Silver Medal at the V Triennale di Milano (Borsani graduated in Architecture only in 1936).

This already makes one guess the relevance of this volcanic figure, founder together with his brother Fulgenzio of the historic Tecno company, transforming the tradition of the family workshop, which produced furniture in classic style, into a modern company created for the needs of an Italy increasingly focusing on its industrial development.

The more than 300 objects on display outline the boundaries of an all-round figure – almost a modern evolution of that “man of multiform talent” sung in the Odyssey, a modern Ulysses in search of a path – that sets Osvaldo Borsani as the ideal interpreter of the transformation of an industry that, between post-war reconstruction and economic miracle, combining these gifts of innovation and research with an undoubted sensitivity towards the contemporary artistic movements, has represented a virtuous model of Italian excellence.

The exhibition will be open from 16 May to 16 September 2018, at the Palazzo della Triennale in Milan.

Opening hours. 10,30-20,30

Entrance fee: 9 Euro

Info: Triennale di Milano

 

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