In Milan at Palazzo della Triennale, Massimo De Carlo’s collections shed light on graphics and design, art and industry

Alighiero Boetti, ‘Attirare l’attenzione’, 1989. [Ph. Alessandro Zambianchi. Courtesy M. De Carlo, Milan/ London/ Hong Kong]

The over 100 pieces on show for ‘Unico e Ripetibile. Arte e Industria nelle collezioni di Massimo De Carlo’, exhibition running from 12 September to 7 October 2018 at Palazzo della Triennale in Milan, come from all over the world.

Artistic director Edoardo Bonaspetti presents selected works (such as Alighiero Boetti’s embroidered lettering, ceramics of the Weimar Republic, AG Fronzoni’s posters) to make visitors reflect on the relationships between new disciplines and production systems through the culture of the 20th century. The set-up is by Matilde Cassani.

Alighiero Boetti, ‘Far quadrare tutto’, 1979. [Ph. Alessandro Zambianchi. Courtesy M. De Carlo, Milan/ London/ Hong Kong]

Alighero Boetti used to create works that brought together ancient Afghan artisanal techniques and reflections on authorship. The exhibition shows a selection of works collected by De Carlo during thirty years of passionate research.

Ceramics of the Weimar Republic, dish, Wächtersbacher Steingutfabrik, from 1928/29 to 1935

The first historical example of mass production and art is represented by the ceramics produced in Weimar before WWII, decorated using stencils and spray-painting.

Ceramics of the Weimar Republic, cake plate, Steingutfabrik Grünstadt AG, around 1930

The result of the combination between Art Deco aesthetics and mechanical labor, the ceramics of the Weimar Republic became expression of the fertile and very famous Bauhaus movement also in abstract decorations.

Poster ‘Corsi di formazione per insegnanti’, 1980

AG Fronzoni (Angiolo Giuseppe Fronzoni), Italian graphic designer, industrial designer and teacher, flawlessly used color to show how excess means waste from an aesthetic, moral and ethic point of view. [Text Giulia Bruno]