Mario Bellini

Italian Beauty
Architecture, design and more

  • Edited by Francesco Moschini
  • Binding Paperback with flaps
  • Size 17 x 24 cm
  • Pages 272
  • Illustrations 190
  • Language Italian, English
  • Year 2017
  • ISBN 9788836636006
  • Price € 28,00  € 26,60
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Abstract

“Mario Bellini. Italian Beauty” is the title of the Triennale di Milano’s exhibition devoted to the career of the world-famous Milanese architect, in an all-encompassing journey through nearly sixty years of design, architecture, exhibition design and much more. The retrospective opens thirty years after the one dedicated to Bellini by the MoMA in New York in 1987, which, however, only covered his activity as a designer. It was indeed in that same year, 1987, that Bellini shifted the main focus of his work towards architecture and urban design.
And so this exhibition is an homage to the multifaceted career of an Italian designer who has achieved resounding success working on a small scale (eight Compasso d’oro awards, furniture and product designs that have become icons, often anticipating or revolutionizing taste and styles), but also on a large scale (conference and exhibition centers and museums all over the world and, in 2012, the Department of Islamic Arts for the Louvre in the shape of a golden wave).
The Triennale’s exploration of Bellini’s work also seeks to bring back to the center of debate the subversive and salvific role of “beauty” and the unique capacity of Italian culture to be its interpreter and champion in the world.

Milan, Triennale, January - March 2017

Contents

Mario Bellini. Italian Beauty

Preface
Germano Celant

A Portrait of Mario Bellini
Francesco Moschini

Mario Bellini: Case Study
Deyan Sudjic

The Architecture of Beauty
Ermanno Ranzani

Design as Experimentation
Marco Sammicheli

The Image as Design
Francesco Maggiore, Martina Motta

Without Words

From Objet Type to Mise en Scène
Kenneth Frampton

Design as a Cultural Act
Enrico Morteo

Form as Process
Franco Purini

The “Horizontal” Time of Mario Bellini
Lorenzo Pietropaolo

The Art of Building
Gaetano Pesce

In Search of Beauty
Francesco Binfaré

The Fast Traveler
Gabriele Basilico

Kodak Moments
Mario Calabresi

On the Road with Mario
Marco Romano

The (Extraordinary) Adventure of Domus
Italo Lupi

Design as a Platonic Idea
Arturo Carlo Quintavalle

The “Magic” Collector
Vittorio Sgarbi

Seven Questions in Search of Answers
Mario Bellini

Notes for the Design of an Alphabet Primer
Mario Bellini

Annexes

Chronogical List of Works on Display

Biography