he Groninger Museum is twenty-five years old and to celebrate this important milestone, Alessandro Mendini was asked to plan the exhibition of his dreams. The designer unfortunately passed away last February as the exhibition planning was still underway however, he selected several of his most forward-thinking projects as well as the work of his favourite artists and designers.
Aptly named Mondo Mendini The world of Alessandro Mendini, the retrospective that the Groninger Museum dedicates to Alessandro Mendini includes: over 200 pieces such as jewellery, sculptures, prototypes and oversized designs by Mendini himself (such as a three metre-high version of the armchair Proust and the corkscrew Anna G), objects by architects the calibre of Michele De Lucchi, Gio Ponti, Gaetano Pesce, work by contemporary artists such as Kandinsky, Matisse, Oskar, Paul Signac and Peter Halley as well as objects by international designers such as Theo van Doesburg and Gerrit Rietveld.
An anthological exhibition not to be missed as it offers an unprecedented portrait of design culture that as Mendini himself pointed out doesn’t focus on how much “my personality has contributed to design culture”, on the contrary it centres on its relationship with history as well as its artistic influences. This is precisely the narrative that was intended by Mendini, "on how much I have absorbed from the surrounding cultural context as well as from the other great designers I have come across with my work, starting from the Italian Renaissance and ending with designers who are a lot younger than I am".
The exhibition itinerary touches on visual arts, design and architecture and once again Alessandro Mendini successfully translated this with his unique sense of humour, this journey into explosive creativity. Besides, Mondo Mendini puts on display his latest pieces, especially made for this exhibit such as Alessandro M. - Groningen by Alessi that in its new colourful finish has been elected as the celebratory icon of the exhibition or the exclusive, limited edition series (only 17 pieces) Amuleto Pearl, the lamp Ramun made entirely by hand by the designer Bang-ung Song.
Where: Groninger Museum, 1 Museumeiland, Groningen, Netherlands
When: 12 October - 5 May 2020