“Scraps and sketches from all over the world”, drawings by Gaetano Pesce

April 30, 2015

The Galleria Antonia Jannone in Milano will be showing the drawings and sketches of Gaetano Pesce’s architectural designs for all over the world. Famous for his dreamy and colourful pieces of furniture, Pesce has a lesser-known career in a personal style of modernist architecture.

 

Gaetano Pesce. Frammenti e figure architettoniche ai quattro angoli del mondo © Galleria Antonia Jannone

Gaetano Pesce. Frammenti e figure architettoniche ai quattro angoli del mondo © Galleria Antonia Jannone

 

Gaetano Pesces colourful objects and furniture have made him famous all over the world. His drawings and sketches are no less – taking inspiration from Japan to Brazil, filled with bright colours and imagination, over 40 works on paper will be seen on show in the Galleria Jannone until the 23rd of May, 2015.

 

Gaetano Pesce. Frammenti e figure architettoniche ai quattro angoli del mondo © Galleria Antonia Jannone

Gaetano Pesce. Frammenti e figure architettoniche ai quattro angoli del mondo © Galleria Antonia Jannone

 

The object of the exhibition in Galleria Jannone, open since April 27, is to go over the many different projects approached during Pesce’s career as an architect, parallel to his work as an acclaimed furniture designer. The drawings present nine very different projects, developed for –and from- different parts of the world, taking inspiration from every location and combining it with Gaetano Pesce’s characteristic style.

 

Gaetano Pesce. Frammenti e figure architettoniche ai quattro angoli del mondo © Galleria Antonia Jannone

Gaetano Pesce. Frammenti e figure architettoniche ai quattro angoli del mondo © Galleria Antonia Jannone

 

Ranging from 1989 to 2013, the projects featured in the exhibition comprise a cultural centre in Geneva, a house in Bahía, “El Liston” bar in Fukuoka, Japan; the Made in Italy exhibition for the Triennale di Milano, as well as projects for Kuwait and New York, city in which the Italian designer has lived and worked during the highlight years of his career.

The drawings and sketches, in A4 or A3 format, will be shown together with a selection of designer objects that have made Gaetano Pesce famous all over the world.

 

Gaetano Pesce. Frammenti e figure architettoniche ai quattro angoli del mondo © Galleria Antonia Jannone

Gaetano Pesce. Frammenti e figure architettoniche ai quattro angoli del mondo © Galleria Antonia Jannone

Gaetano Pesce. Frammenti e figure architettoniche ai quattro angoli del mondo © Galleria Antonia Jannone

Gaetano Pesce. Frammenti e figure architettoniche ai quattro angoli del mondo © Galleria Antonia Jannone

Gaetano Pesce. Frammenti e figure architettoniche ai quattro angoli del mondo © Galleria Antonia Jannone

Gaetano Pesce. Frammenti e figure architettoniche ai quattro angoli del mondo © Galleria Antonia Jannone

Gaetano Pesce. Frammenti e figure architettoniche ai quattro angoli del mondo © Galleria Antonia Jannone

Gaetano Pesce. Frammenti e figure architettoniche ai quattro angoli del mondo © Galleria Antonia Jannone

Gaetano Pesce. Frammenti e figure architettoniche ai quattro angoli del mondo © Galleria Antonia Jannone

Gaetano Pesce. Frammenti e figure architettoniche ai quattro angoli del mondo © Galleria Antonia Jannone


 

Gaetano Pesce

 

During his career, that spans four decades with commissions in architecture, urban planning, interior, exhibition and industrial design, Gaetano Pesce, the architect and designer, has conceived public and private projects in the United States, Europe, Latin America and Asia.

In all his work, he expresses his guiding principle: that modernism is less a style than a method for interpreting the present and hinting at the future in which individuality is preserved and celebrated.

 

Up Chair,  1969 © Gaetano Pesce

Up Chair, 1969 © Gaetano Pesce

 

Born in La Spezia, Italy, in 1939, Pesce studied Architecture at the University of Venice between 1958 to 1963 and was a participant in Gruppo N, an early collective concerned with programmed art patterned after the Bauhaus.

He taught architecture at the Institut d’Architecture et d’Etudes Urbaines in Strasbourg, France, for 28 years, at the Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh, at the Domus Academy in Milan, at the Polytechinc of Hong Kong, at the Architectural School of Sao Paulo and at the Cooper Union in New York City, where he has made his home since 1980, after living in Venice, London, Helsinki and Paris.

 

I Feltri Chair, 1986 © Gaetano Pesce

I Feltri Chair, 1986 © Gaetano Pesce

 

Pesce’s work is featured in over 30 permanent collections of the most important museums in the world, such as MoMa of New York and San Francisco, Metropolitan Museum in New York, Vitra Museum in Germany, Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Pompidou Center and Musee des Arts Décoratifs of Louvre in Paris; he exhibits art in galleries world wide.

His award winning designs include the prestigious Chrysler Award for Innovation and Design in 1993, the Architektur and Wohnen Designer of the Year in 2006 and the Lawrence J. Israel Prize from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York in 2009.

 

543 Broadway Chair,  1992 © Gaetano Pesce

543 Broadway Chair, 1992 © Gaetano Pesce

 

Pesce experience has been global, his innovations consistently groundbreaking. Boundaries between art, design and industry are irrelevant to him, as art is most certainly not something created and put on a pedestal: art is a product, it is our creative response to the needs of the time we live in.

 

543 Broadway Chair,  1992 © Gaetano Pesce

543 Broadway Chair, 1992 © Gaetano Pesce


 

Practical Information

Gaetano Pesce
Frammenti e figure architettoniche ai quattro angoli del mondo

April 27 / May 23, 2015
Tuesdays to Saturdays
15:30 – 19:30

Galleria Antonia Jannone
Corso Giuseppe Garibaldi, 125
20125 – Milano

 


 

 

Images via Galleria Antonia Jannone and Gaetano Pesce