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July 01 2010

Designer Alessandro Mendini in Conversation with Dr. Corinna Rösner at the International Design Museum Munich

In this conversation with the Chief Curator of Die Neue Sammlung – The International Design Museum in Munich, Dr. Corinna Rösner, Alessandro Mendini talks about his work for Alessi, the personal bonds with the Alessi family, and the phases the Alessi design went through over the decades.

Alessandro Mendini is one of the great figures of design. Not only with its products but above all through its influential ideas, actions and meta projects Alessi wrote European design history and provided inspiration for reflections on the future of design. Since the 1970s Alessandro Mendini has played a central role for the development of Italian design as designer, architect and theoretician. His unusual, radical ideas made him a mentor and stimulus for the creative avant-garde. Mendini founded groups such as Global Tools and Alchimia, managed the most influential Italian design magazines and with his theories on banal and re-design was instrumental in securing the success of Postmodernism.

For Die Neue Sammlung – The International Design Museum in Munich, Alessandro Mendini curated a retrospective of the last 30 years of Italian design. The exhibition titled Oggetti e Progetti focuses on the Alessi company, which evolved from a small metal-working firm into a creative factory in the field of design with global operations.

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June 13 2010

VernissageTV PDF-magazine No. 13: With Art Basel Week Map and Calendar

Out now: VernissageTV PDF-magazine No. 13, June 2010 with: Larissa Fassler’s “Kotti”, Franz West’s “The Ego and the Id”, Art Cologne 2010, Monica Bonvicini and Krivet at Berlin Gallery Weekend, SEO (studio visit), the Basquiat retrospective at Fondation Beyeler, the design of Alessi, Hong Kong International Art Fair, and: a calendar and map of places and events during Art Basel 2010.

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May 26 2010

Oggetti e Progetti – Alessi. Storia e futuro di una fabbrica del design italiano / Thirty Years of Italian Design

One of the really great figures of design – Alessandro Mendini – is curating and designing a retrospective of the last 30 years of Italian design specially for Die Neue Sammlung. Alessandro Mendini focuses his exhibition on a key player in the design world: the Alessi company, which has very successfully morphed from a small metal-working firm into a creative factory in the field of design with global operations. Not only with its products but above all through its influential ideas, actions and meta projects Alessi wrote European design history and provided inspiration for reflections on the future of design. The exhibition is titled “Oggetti e Progetti – Alessi” and runs until September 19, 2010.

This video provides a walk through of the exhibition on the occasion of the opening reception. Coming soon: Alessandro Mendini in conversation with Dr. Corinna Rösner, Chief Curator Die Neue Sammlung.

Oggetti e Progetti – Alessi: Storia e futuro di una fabbrica del design italiano. An exhibition by Die Neue Sammlung – The International Design Museum Munich – in cooperation with Museo Alessi.

Alessi retrospective at Die Neue Sammlung – The International Design Museum in Munich / Germany. Opening reception, May 21, 2010.

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