Art All facets of Alessandro Mendini
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All facets of Alessandro Mendini

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Giorgia Massari
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«I am not an architect, I am a dragon,» is how Alessandro Mendini described himself in a self-portrait drawing that is now the poster for his just-opened retrospective exhibition April 13 – atTriennale Milano in collaboration with Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain. Indeed, his eclectic personality is difficult to describe in a single word. Architect, designer, graphic designer, artist, poet, craftsman. Mendini was all this and more. From the emotional charge present on stage during the April 12 press conference, where daughters Elisa and Fulvia Mendini also spoke, one could sense not only the genius but also the incredible sensitivity that such a multifaceted figure guarded. This exhibition, open until Oct. 13, aims to connect all the threads that make up his complex, kaleidoscopic identity, to quote Stefano Boeri. «In the exhibition we have tried to give an identity to the various sections to show how Mendini’s identity is not univocal, but composed of many parts. Like so many red threads that lead to the various rooms of the dragon,» explained curator Fulvio Irace, who had a long-standing friendship with Mendini.

Drawings, installations, design objects, thoughts. In this exhibition there is everything. Or rather, there is the whole world of Alessandro Mendini, the whole reality filtered through his eyes, no doubt colorful and never boring. The playful aspect is evident as well as his cartoony gaze. Mendini in fact, as Irace explains, also wanted to be a cartoonist. Even more, his daughter Elisa Mendini-during a touching speech-describes him as a shaper of reality. His empathy for everyday objects and the mystery of poetry that transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary is clearly rendered in Pierre Charpin‘s installation, which divides the path into six thematic nuclei, while maintaining the coherence that has always distinguished Mendini’s personality. Through more than four hundred works, the exhibition I am a Dragon. The True Story of Alessandro Mendini offers viewers a broad look at the history and especially the creative force of a man who changed the history of design and architecture.

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@delfino sl @dsl studio ©Triennale Milano
alessandro mendini
@delfino sl @dsl studio ©Triennale Milano
alessandro mendini
alessandro mendini
@delfino sl @dsl studio ©Triennale Milano

Courtesy Archivio Mendini, Triennale Milano, Fondation Cartier

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Written by Giorgia Massari
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