Memphis – Plastic Field / Fondazione Berengo – Palazzo Franchetti, Venice

From May 24th to November 25th during the 16th edition of Biennale Architettura, Venice-headquartered Fondazione Berengo is hosting “Memphis – Plastic Field” at Palazzo Franchetti, an exhibition of Memphis group’s design works curated by Jean Blanchaert and Adriano Berengo, friends and collaborators since over fifteen years.

Just like in the early ‘80s when the design group challenged the minimalist trend with a multi-coloured, pop art-inspired style with a provocative soul, this time Memphis’ iconic works stand out in contrast with Palazzo Franchetti’s historical backcloth. As a frame for the exhibition, a field of black leaves and plants is set to fade out any surrounding colour and let the visitors’ attention focus on the bold and daring range of tones and shapes which allowed architect Ettore Sottsass to leave an unforgettable mark in the global design scene of his time, together with the other co-founders of the movement.

The exhibition presents a selection of contemporary productions of the group’s most renowned works in their original design created during the 1981-1987 period. Alongside Sottsass’ masterpieces, “Plastic Field” will offer the chance for visitors to enjoy the design works signed by Zanini, De Lucchi, Zanuso Jr, Bley, Bedin, Mendini, Mariscal, Kuramata, Cibic, Graves, Iosa Ghini, Thun, Taylor, Umeda, Sowden, Sanchez, Shire, Branzi and Du Pasquier.

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