Quasi Segreti. Cassetti tra arte e design (Chest of Drawers di Tejo Remy, 1991 for Luisa Delle Piane)
he Italian brand Foscarini has a new show on the road: Quasi Segreti. Cassetti tra Arte e Design (lit. Almost Secret. Drawers between Art and Design). Quasi Segreti will be at the Poldi Pezzoli museum in Milan, from the 16th March until the 25th April 2016.
This exhibition is centred on the “drawer”, seen not only as a piece of furniture, but also as a keeper of different worlds, secrets, order, intimacy…In fact, there’s a comparison to made with women’s handbags: the more they can carry the more they are chaotically filled with accessories and objects, often introducing new symbolisms and psycho-analytic explanations.
The exhibition Quasi Segreti is set up in partnership with Inventario (the latest Foscarini publication). It investigates how drawers and chest of drawers are generally used: simple storage, space organisers, to conceal and preserve. This exhibition also pays great attention to the kind of suggestive imaginary drawers evoke like ideas, dreams and memories.
Amid antique cabinets and chest of drawers, part of the museum’s collection, there are also pieces by contemporary names, real dramatic works of art, which are also very decorative. We have designs by Alessandro Mendini, where decoration reaches artistic heights, original pieces by Mario Botta, futuristic pieces by Ettore Sottsass and Shiro Kuramata and even pieces inspired by sculpture, like Genesio by Alik Cavaliere, namely a tallboy with handles which depict the Genesis.
In this way, Quasi Segreti becomes a journey through fantastical lands, poetry, emotions and dreams, all things hidden or forgotten in time in our drawers. And just like curator Beppe Finessi explained, drawers are “able to suggest visions, bring back memories and evocative imagery”.
When: 16 March - 25 April 2016
Where: Museo Poldi Pezzoli, 12 via Manzoni, Milan, Italy