ico Magistretti (1920-2006), the 20th century’s definitive master of architecture and design, remarked “my real passion is architecture”. But he also said that “design is the only way to connect with another person.” In fact, Vico is one of the most important figures in the history of design, and he influenced an entire generation of designers, from Jasper Morrison to Konstantin Grcic. 101 years since his birth, his professional success has yet to come to an end and the homages and celebrations dedicated him keep on coming. The latest is “Vico Magistretti Architetto Milanese” at the Triennale Milano, a location where he made some of his first strides.
Curated by Gabriele Neri with display design by Lorenzo Bini from Studio Binocle and with the collaboration of the Fondazione Studio Museo Vico Magistretti, the exhibit is accompanied by a book of the same name Vico Magistretti. Architetto Milanese (published by Electa with graphic design by Norm.Zurigo) in a collective tale made up of sketches, drawings, models, photographs, videos, prototypes and original works from the Archivio Magistretti or the archives of companies, institutions and private collectors.
It is a significant body of work which is divided into thematic sections highlighting his most distinctive traits. It also demonstrates the breadth of his activity with thorough and timely commentary that goes beyond his most famous works. On display (and in the book) there are not only his most famous projects, but even urban drawings, interior architecture and designer furniture, with his austere and geometric style and more figurative works.
Finishing things off, there are tributes from those who had the honor and privilege to know him personally and professionally. All of them highlight his innovative, visionary, explosive and charismatic personality. After more than a century, he is still able to garner our attention and surprise us.
Where: on show at the Triennale Milano, viale Alemagna 6, Milan, Italy
When: until September 12, 2021