he Mad, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris pays tribute to Gio Ponti, one of the most iconic designers and architects of the twentieth century, with a retrospective exhibition entitled Tutto Ponti. Gio Ponti Archi- Designer.
There’s a bit of everything on display, of this eclectic artist: in fact, there are over five hundred objects (often made for private commissions) from pottery to lamps, from glass to magazine, from furniture to architecture.
The exhibition, designed by studio Wilmotte & Associés in partnership with the graphic designer Italo lupi and the communications agency Bect, illustrates a selection of Gio Ponti’s projects from 1921 to 1978. “Gio Ponti’s main problem was his abundance” Salvatore Licitra of the Gio Ponti Archives remarks ironically. Salvatore Licitra has curated the exhibition with Oliver Gabet, Dominique Forest and Sophie Bouilhet-Dumas. This is why there has been an attentive and varied selection that focuses on the icons of Ponti-style, such as the obligatory Superleggera designed for Cassina and the renowned pottery for Richard Ginori (that includes the centrepiece manufactured by Doccia for the Italian embassies), although it includes as well some unexpected and lesser pieces such as the long storyboard that illustrates scenes from Enrico IV by Pirandello.
The main aim here is to describe Gio Ponti’s work by illustrating his enthusiasm and passion in an attempt to capture his complex, multifaceted creativity, making furniture and objects come to life. This is why Molteni&C plays a crucial part in this endeavour. For this occasion in fact, the company has lent to the MAD several of the original pieces of furniture that were stored in its own museum, the same are being re-edited since 2010.
In addition, the exhibition is accompanied by the volume Gio Ponti, Archi designer with 320 pages and a staggering 400 pictures, published in two editions: a French one by mad and an English one by Silvana Editoriale.
When: 19 October 2018 - 10 February 2019
Where: Mad, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, rue Rivoli, Paris, France