On this year’s centenary of Sottsass’s birth, The Metropolitan Museum of Art pays tribute to the Italian architect and designer considered as one of the most important artists of the 20th century whose work has greatly influenced the world of design.
‘Ettore Sottsass: Design Radical’ (21 July – 8 October 2017) puts Sottsass’s work within a wide selection of objects and artefacts stemming from the history of art and design. It is not a monographic exhibition but rather the attempt to show Sottsass’s work at the centre of a broader design discourse: by contextualizing his objects in relation to others that had inspired him, The Met exhibition reveals how Sottsass has in turn inspired contemporary artists and designers.
The exhibition also shows the relationship that Ettore Sottsass had with colour by showcasing the laminates he designed between the end of the 70s and the beginning of the 80s with the Memphis Group and produced by Abet Laminati.
Abet Laminati and Ettore Sottsass met in Bra, where the company’s headquarters are located, as far back as in 1964. The meeting marked one of the longest and most culturally rich collaborations in design history.
On this occasion among the works exhibited are also big panels made with the patterns Rete 2, Veneziana, Bacterio and Spugnato cover 4 floor-to-ceiling columns to give the impression of two dimensional space.
‘Ettore Sottsass: Design Radical’
from 21 July to 8 October 2017
945 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10021