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Sunday, 28 July 2013

It's raining tassels...

Ciao everyone!

Here I am again today...
As you can see I am now popping out posts as much as I can because I am really beginning to feel guilty for all the things I have to share with you and I am not yet...
Summer got me busier than I actually expected but I must say that until now it has been such a great one, eventful and with so many interesting things and hopefully it's going to stay like that for the next month which is the very last one that keeps me away from my last year in Dublin...

I don't know if anyone of you has been to Italy recently...
If yes, you MUST have noticed the extreme temperatures we are having here these days.
I am not talking about average heat or complaining about the usual things (which we Italians love to do: it's always too warm or too cold for us...) but this time I swear to you I am melting!
Right now I am writing outside in my mum's terrace which is usually the freshest place as we live just by the river and it's quite high and therefor normally windy.

Well... let's say that I am feeling like doing a sauna.
This is creating serious issues as it's quite hard to go out in general and normally absolutely impossible before five or six pm.
So either you go to the swimming pool (I thought about sleeping there at this point, it would be handier than keep going back and forth!), or you go to the seaside,
or you are f...
You know what I mean!

But a solution would be to get creative in the literal meaning of this sentence: make a list of exhibitions to see and museums to go and just walk around in the air conditioning but also enjoy some art and culture.
That's exactly what my friends and I are trying to do and today we've been to one of the exhibits we previously selected as must-see because of some other friends of us warmly (my god I feel warmer just writing down that word) recommended it to us.
It was a design exhibition in the Bisazza Foundation of Montecchio Maggiore, a very small village close to my home town Vicenza which has this incredibly famous and important general quarter for everything that means design and architecture Italian style, but not only...

The exhibition was inside of the Foundation and in order to get there you had to pass by the permanent one that is actually the part I enjoyed the most.

It was incredibly cool for me, thinking about the design classes back in college and the process which seats under the creation of something which is at the same time unique, beautiful and useful, to see how many amazing Italian designers we have and we had in the past.
The permanent exhibition in the foundation features designers/artist such as Fabio Novembre

Ettore Sotsass

Sandro Chia

Studio Job

As you can see from the snaps I took going around the exhibition, the absolute protagonists of it are the mosaics.
Almost every single one of the objects and design pieces exposed are made out of mosaic tassells.
Some of them very precious, as the white gold ones used by Studio Job, 
some other ones very colorful such as the ones used by designer Alessandro Mendini for his huge 

(Alice and I facing the chair!)

Some others combined in order to create very powerful designs and shapes, such as the ones made by Tord Boontje in his furniture.

But not only the pieces exposed where an explosion of reflective and colourful mosaic tassells: the entire Bisazza Foundation is covered in them: from the walls to the toilets, it's like it has been raining tassells for a while inside of this building and now they have all found their place somewhere and they are not gonna move as they look so perfectly put down...

It was really cool and as I love simple linear things (or maybe not...) all these tassells of different shapes and shades made me wish to have my own house full of mosaics one day.
I must confess, this artistic technique has always been fascinating me since the times we used to hang out in Ravenna doing school trips to study the Byzantine culture and how did it influence Italian art in the Middle Ages...
But seeing this incredibly fascinating technique being used in a much more modern way and not only to reproduce a scene or a particular subject but also to "cover" something else in order to make it unique and different really surprised me in such a positive way.

Some other artists/designer featured in the main permanent exhibition are Marcel Wanders and his crazy gold "Furniture for men" ("Mobili per uomini"),

And the Israelian Arik Levy and his mosaic sculpture which is the result of his research about the matter of spaces and non-spaces.

I absolutely loved the permanent exhibition but the very first reason who brought us to the Bisazza Foundation was another one: the small but very interesting part that the Foundation has reserved to architect and designer Richard Meier since last October.

From the plastics of his first buildings and houses, to the Church he has made in the occasion of the last Giubilee, to museums and libraries and concert halls he has designed and which are to be put all over the world, to his and his team's contribute to the concourse thrown by the major of NYC after 9/11 in order to decide what to build in the ginormous hole of Ground Zero, the panorama about this very talented architect and his own very personal style was pretty satisfying.
Sadly, there were eagles everywhere and that's why I couldn't snap some of the plastics or photographs exposed...

But instead that a picture, this time I would like to leave you with some words that Meier himself has said once:
"When I'm asked what I believe in, I say I believe in architecture. Architecture is the mother of the arts. I like to believe that architecture connects the present with the past and the tangible with the intangible" 

What else can I say...
Stay tuned!

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