The history of Milan and FuoriSalone in the new book by Electa

The history of Milan and FuoriSalone in the new book by Electa

Tommaso Berra · 5 months ago · Design

There are phenomena that can help define Milan to those who are not familiar with subway lines, shooting along the streets and more generally with the frenetic creativity that is breathed in every place in the city. One of these is the FuoriSalone, the event that more than any other manages to involve Milan in its totality, creating a circuit of relationships between professionals, enthusiasts and common citizens, linking to the urban context thanks to exhibitions and installations. The creative Milan, for example that of fashion, often tends to exclude from circles, diversified and in continuous redefinition yes, but precisely exclusive. FuoriSalone in this context has also a social importance for Milan, especially with respect to the new post-expo sociality that the biggest design event in the world has helped to form.
In the new book “XXX-Y 30 ANNI DI FUORISALONE. 1990-2020 MILANO DESIGN STORIES” published by Electa together with the magazine Interni, which gave birth to the event in 1990, the legacy of FuoriSalone in the last 30 years is told. Through 1000 images from the historical archive of Interni, the history of Milan and its urban and morphological changes, as well as the evolution of design trends, are retraced. 

In 512 pages, 2500 key figures in the artistic history of Milan are cited, starting with the experiments of the 1980s and ending with the districts that brought creatives from all over the world to Brera, Rho, the via Tortona district and gentrified areas such as Lambrate. The introduction by Gilda Bojardi, director of Interni, and Li Edelkoort, Paolo Ferrarini, Beppe Finessi and Deyan Sudjic, well-known design critics, will open a structure divided into three chapters, as many as the decades of FuoriSalone.
“XXX-Y 30 ANNI DI FUORISALONE. 1990-2020 MILANO DESIGN STORIES” will be released in bookstores starting January 18, 2022, while on Tuesday, December 21, there will be a preview presentation of the project, during a private event organized at the Triennale, a symbolic place of Italian and world design.

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2011 Meritalia Gaetano Pesce, Gilda Bojardi
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2009 R.Ginori
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2015 – Tchoban Living Line Università Studi
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2013 Triennale, Wonderland
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1995 Kita con Mariscal
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2008 Uberti, Chiostro della Magnolia
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2019 Audi_Arco della Pace
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2007 Ingo Maurer, I wonder
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2005 Ettore Sottsass
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“Okja” in ten frames

“Okja” in ten frames

Giulia Guido · 2 weeks ago · Art

Okja” is a 2017 film directed by Bong Joon-ho. Although it did not rake in awards like the subsequent “Parasite“, “Okja” ranks among the South Korean director’s best works and features an ensemble cast that includes Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano, Lily Collins, Giancarlo Esposito, and Jake Gyllenhaal.

The film tells the story of a young girl who for most of her life has raised a genetically modified “super pig,” building a bond of mutual affection with him. But their lives are set to change drastically as the industry that actually created the animal must take it back to begin the slaughtering process.
This is an exposing film against the mistreatment of animals within the meat industry that manages to deal with the topic by focusing on empathy and friendship. For this very reason in 2019 it was named one of the most influential films of the decade by the New York Times. 

In “Okja,” the state of mind of the protagonist and her animal are reflected in the colors of the sets and the choices related to the cinematography, curated by Darius Khondji (Seven, Midnight in Paris, Uncut Gems), which manage to completely capture the viewer. 

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The illusion of calm in the illustrations of Kento IIDA

The illusion of calm in the illustrations of Kento IIDA

Tommaso Berra · 2 weeks ago · Art

You know the sky on certain summer days, when you couldn’t find a cloud miles away and everything above our heads is a delicate blue, the color of the sweetest of spun sugars? Illustrator Kento IIDA finds in this atmosphere of calm the inspiration for his works, images of tranquil landscapes but leaving an atmosphere of suspicion, as if something unforeseen will happen soon, or as if something unforeseen has just happened, far from the eyes of possible witnesses.
In these vignettes there are always elements or signs that suggest a movement that breaks the calm, sometimes the movement has already happened or is in progress, as in the case of cars launching from bridges or space missiles lifting angular clouds to the sky like marble sculptures.

Kento IIDA (who is based in Tokyo) incorporates elements of Japanese tradition in his illustrations, thus traditional buildings and views of snow-capped peaks that hint at Mount Fuji appear in these ambiguous scenes, as well as baseball players, a national sport in Japan and probably the artist’s favorite.
There are not only clear skies in the views, however; poetry is also provided by clouds, often single and isolated, or by gloomy skies that sound like an omen, in an increasingly suspended and uncertain time.

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Vickie Vainionpää’s code-generated works

Vickie Vainionpää’s code-generated works

Tommaso Berra · 2 weeks ago · Art

Artistic expression is now no longer bound only to manual gesture, and in some cases not even to the artist’s choice. Vickie Vainionpää‘s works in fact follow that artistic strand in which works are the result of codes, of an algorithm that creates unpredictable solutions by reworking basic information. The Montreal-based artist creates his works through a generative code, which traces a certain number of points placed in a Cartesian plane.
The result is that of twisted shapes like guts or extraterrestrial organic creatures, in which even the color and shades are dictated by the generative code.

The forms are then the basis for oil paintings on canvas, in which the digital forms acquire a presence and matter through the texture of the support, the shadows and the layering of color. Some of these canvases are recently on display in New York at The Hole NYC gallery for the artist’s solo exhibition entitled “Software.”
In Vickie Vainionpää’s works, the relationship between man and machine merges, the physical and virtual experience become interconnected to the point of blurring the genesis of everything. Who creates? Who is created by whom? A series of questions that help read and complicate the present.

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Vickie Vainionpää | Collater.al

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Stefano Vitale trusted folk art

Stefano Vitale trusted folk art

Tommaso Berra · 1 week ago · Art

Arriving in the United States, in Los Angeles, to study at the University of Southern California, Stefano Vitale sought a way to express his hitherto unexpressed ideas using the skills he had at his disposal. Art began to figure as the most precise and sincere tool through which to do so, so he began a path that led him to a career as an established artist, thanks to his colorful and metaphysical illustrations, evocative of magical worlds in which nature dialogues with man, in which figures are suspended in mid-air in starry skies and under the hot Sicilian sun.

In the early years of his career, Stefano Vitale insists on a recurring subject, a one-eyed Madonna, a subject certainly influenced by the sacred iconography he studied and explored throughout his travels in Mexico and Central America. “I have always trusted popular art more than official art,” Vitale explains.
His look toward an elemental art is reflected in the style that uses simple lines, leaving the decorative component to color. The subjects are celebrations of joy or primal bonds such as that between mother and child or man and nature. Plants and leaves are superimposed on faces, while the sky is always a central subject of the compositions, signaled by the presence of bright stars or moons that make magical nights and sunsets.
Stefano Vitale’s work has then been linked for more than two decades by his collaboration with Donnafugata. For the Sicilian winery, the artist illustrates bottle labels, visually representing an imagery of flavors and smells that originates in Sicily, finds its inspiration from music and the Leopard, and seeps into sensory memory. Below are some of the labels created by Vitale for Donnafugata.

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