Atelier Mendini. Architectures Curated by Aldo Colonetti
“This is our heresy: the structure of architecture resolves itself in the facade, the function of the object finds its fulfillment in the decorative narration of the surface, everything is the drawing or the sculpture of itself: designing is painting.”
This is how Alessandro Mendini in 1994 summarized the philosophy of Atelier Mendini, an extraordinary workshop which, under the guidance of himself and his brother Francesco, started a new way of doing architecture, art and design beyond any disciplinary boundary.
Abet Laminati have worked with the Museo Nivola, paying homage to Alessandro Mendini after three months from his passing, present the outcome of fifty years of architectural planning: all Atelier Mendini’s public and private architectures, shown by 25 extraordinary accurate wooden maquettes of 26 buildings, together with a related series of drawings.
In front of the exhibition hall, on the panoramic terrace of the Museo Nivola, a Mendinian open air living room awaits the visitors: the iconic Proust armchairs form a corner for socializing, resting and conversation. It is a homage to Alessandro Mendini’s idea that “the museum should be institutional but not paternalistic, should be gentle and hospitable as a private home”.
Museo Nivola, Orani
May 4th – June 16th
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 10:30 am – 7:30 pm