Andrea Branzi returns to Galleria Antonia Jannone in Milan from 8th February to 11th March, 2017 with the exhibition ‘Altri Luoghi’ (Other Places) showing a series of previously unseen sculptures and drawings.
The sculptures depict mysterious scenes created by the Italian architect in which he uses clay, plaster, marble stone and wood. Enclosed in plexiglass cases, these scenes remind us of classical stages and tales with cryptic meaning. The drawings, part of the 1987 Dolmen series, link these sculptures to the architect’s previous work as part of a long-term design research process.
“Altri Luoghi” Works by Andrea Branzi
February 8 – March 11, 2017
Galleria Antonia Jannone
Corso Garibaldi 125, Milan
Branzi’s sculptures are enclosed in glass cases so that they appear almost like stage sets, micro-ambients to be observed and studied in every detail. Created between 2015 and 2016 in glass, plexiglas, plasticine and clay they tell the stories, thanks to a variety of iconographic inspirations, of miniature wrestlers and dancers.
The exhibition also includes pencil and felt tip pen drawings on paper from the Dolmen series, and photo-montages dedicated to the bicentenary of the French Revolution. These are theoretical models for internal spaces, mythical and mysterious micro-ambients.
This is not about projects destined for a normal professional enterprise, but experiments into the literary and dramaturgical value of projects. This type of research tends to elaborate on embryonic icons that may, over time, influence the culture of designing and lead to a dimension that is not exclusively about composition. It is therefore a question of research aimed at the ‘long term’, similar to that carried out in theoretical physics that anticipates and stimulates applied physics.
Andrea Branzi, architect and designer, born in Florence in 1938, has lived and worked in Milan since the mid 1970s. From 1964 to 1974 he was part of Archizoom Associati, the first avant-garde group to become known internationally. In 1982 he co-founded Domus Academy, the first international postgraduate design school; he has been awarded three Compassi d’Oro awards – one to career achievements in 1987 – as well as an Honorary Degree in Industrial Design by La Sapienza University in Rome in 2008. That same year he was nominated Honorary Member of the Royal Design for Industry in London.