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Memphis Plastic Fields (Ettore Sottsass, Carlton, 1981, collection Memphis Milano)

| Designbest editorial staff


EMPHIS - Plastic Field, the exhibition on the Memphis design movement that is currently touring the globe (initially presented in 2018 at the Fondazione Berengo for the 16th edition of the Venice Architecture Biennale), has recently inaugurated Bordeaux’s cultural season that this year, focuses on freedom.

Overseen by Jean Blanchaert and Constance Rubini, the exhibition offers an overview on the work of the Memphis collective that during the eighties, led a provocation against the prevailing style of the time with a colourful, iconoclast aesthetic, distinctively inspired by pop-art.

“We have become explorers” Ettore Sottsass famously stated in 1981. “Perhaps we could travel along wide and dangerous rivers and venture into the jungle where no person has ever set foot”. This exhibition is a striking example of this: the pieces put on display include in fact, work by futuristic designers and architects such as Sottsass himself, Mendini, De Lucchi, Zanuso, Cibic, Iosa Ghini, Thun, Sanchez, Mariscal and many more besides.

They are personalities who have marched under the banner of freedom, permanently contributing to design history with an extremely irreverent, avant-garde spirit, capable of making you dream.


When: until the 5th January 2020

Where: Musée des Arts décoratifs et du Design, 39 rue Bouffard, Bordeaux, France


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