[Exhibition] “Depero/Mendini. 1917-2017″ at Museo della Casa Rossa Anacapri

July 23, 2017

Motivated by the 100th anniversary of Fortunato Depero’s summer in Capri, the exhibition displays a selection of previously unpublished documents and unreleased images from the era alongside Alessandro Mendini’s own artworks inspired by Depero’s oevre iconography.

 

Atelier Mendini, Alex, chaise longue in plastica rotazionale. Collezione Ecopixel di Wet Italia, 2017 © DEPERO / MENDINI

Atelier Mendini, Alex, chaise longue. Collezione Ecopixel di Wet Italia, 2017 © DEPERO / MENDINI

 

The Depero/Mendini exhibition is composed of a cycle of artworks, some previously unreleased, which the great Milanese architect and designer Alessandro Mendini has created over the years with inspiration from Depero’s iconography and tension devised to explore the boundaries between different expressive languages, especially between design and visual art.


 

Practical information

“Depero/Mendini. 1917-2017″
23 July – 30 September, 2017
Museo della Casa Rossa Anacapri
Via Giuseppe Orlandi, 78, 80071 Anacapri NA,
Italy

 


Following this comparison at a distance, two large tapestries made by Mendini in the late Seventies engage in a dialogue with old photographs that document the beginnings of Depero’s experimentation with fabric intarsia techniques at Anacapri with local weavers; he would continue doing so in the years that followed upon returning to Rovereto, with the Casa d’Arte.

Then, three 2006 tableaux by the Milanese designer reinterpret the futurist dynamism and the chromatic geometrism with which Depero experimented in his own Capri tableaux through an original process of printing on aluminium. Meanwhile, a new series of silver and bronze masks made by Mendini this year recall Depero’s interest in a new conception of miming and, more generally, in the rejuvenated idea of a stage brought to life by imaginary robots and masks, an interest that culminated in his “BalliPlastici” (Plastic Ballets) show in 1918.

 

 

02)Alessandro Mendini, Kandissone, arazzo a patchwork in cotone lucido e opaco con applicazioni in canneté e raso di seta 250x187H cm, 1978. © DEPERO / MENDINI dipinto in nit

Alessandro Mendini, Kandissone, fabric patchwork collage 250x187H cm, 1978. © DEPERO / MENDINI

Alessandro Mendini, Kandissone, arazzo a patchwork in cotone lucido e opaco con applicazioni in canneté e raso di seta 250x187H cm, 1979. © DEPERO / MENDINI dipinto in nit

Alessandro Mendini, Kandissone, fabric patchwork collage 250x187H cm, 1979. © DEPERO / MENDINI

 

Motivated by the hundredth anniversary of Fortunato Depero’s summerin Capri, the 1917-2017 Depero/Mendini exhibition displays a selection of previously unpublished documents and unreleased images from the era, recounting the months Depero spent in Capri in the summer of 1917, engaged in preparing the works for his exhibition in the Sala Morgano in September of that year.

 

A)Depero Maschera in ottone dorato, ottone argentato e smalti policromi. Edizione limitata a 9 esemplari e 3 P.A. (cm. 39 x 30h x 7)  Argenteria Pampaloni, Firenze © DEPERO / MENDINI

Depero. Limited edition mask (cm. 39 x 30h x 7) Argenteria Pampaloni, Firenze © DEPERO / MENDINI

B)Balla Maschera in ottone argentato, rame, argento e smalti policromi. Edizione limitata a 9 esemplari e 3 P.A. (cm. 32 x 36 h x 4) Argenteria Pampaloni, Firenze © DEPERO / MENDINI

Balla. Limited edition mask (cm. 32 x 36 h x 4) Argenteria Pampaloni, Firenze © DEPERO / MENDINI

C)Marinetti Maschera in ottone dorato, ottone argentato e smalti policromi. Edizione limitata a 9 esemplari e 3 P.A. ( cm. 29 x 31h x 7) Argenteria Pampaloni, Firenze © DEPERO / MENDINI

Marinetti. Limited edition mask ( cm. 29 x 31h x 7) Argenteria Pampaloni, Firenze © DEPERO / MENDINI

 

In Spring 1917, Mikhail Semenov, secretary to the great Ballets Russes impresario Sergei Diaghilev, brought a friend of his into Fortunato Depero’s studio in Rome. It was Gilbert Clavel, “a little hunchbacked man with a straight, square-like nose, gold teeth and women’s shoes, and vitreous, nasal laughs. A man of nerves and will, endowed with a superior culture,” as Depero described him. Heir to a dynasty of Swiss industrialists, the patron and Egyptology expert Clavel had already moved to Capri and Positano in order to finish construction on a hexagonal tower on Fornillo beach.

 

Alessandro Mendini, Catalogo Stilemi uno, 2006 © DEPERO / MENDINI dipinto in nit Stampa Lambda carta montata su alluminio, 60x60 cm

Alessandro Mendini, Catalogo Stilemi uno, 2006 © DEPERO / MENDINI

Alessandro Mendini, Catalogo Stilemi sette, 2006 © DEPERO / MENDINI dipinto in nit Stampa Lambda carta montata su alluminio, 60x60 cm

Alessandro Mendini, Catalogo Stilemi sette, 2006 © DEPERO / MENDINI

 

A few days after that first meeting, the two developed a “deep and intense” friendship. The Swiss writer, thanks in part to the failure of Depero’s partnership with Diaghilev on scenery and costumes for a Ballets Russes performance, invited the young artist to Capri as a guest for the summer, asking him to illustrate Clavel’s newly completed book An Institute For Suicides, set in none other than Capri. Thus began a human and intellectual fellowship with the azure island as its backdrop; it would give rise to one of the most intense seasons of creativity for the artist from the North-EastItalian town of Rovereto.


 

News source: Museo della Casa Rossa Anacapri
Subscribe here to get weekly updates about architecture events and exhibitions.