The work of Gio Ponti (Milan, 1891-1979) is evoked through suggestions starting from the theme of the house, to which he dedicated many editorials and essays, stimulating the debate on the transition to the “modern” home in the Thirties and interpreting the changes in society in the post-war period. The exhibition includes photographic images, Domus magazine covers and a selection of objects that together cover 50 years of his work. A series of images highlights the architect’s alphabet: the combination and comparison between objects, drawings, and architectural elements show his design approach, in particular the expressive potential of the materials that he embraces in every sector, from craftsmanship to architecture.
“Domus 90. Gio Ponti”
April 15 – May 6, 2018
Galleria Carla Sozzani
Corso Como, 10, 20154 Milano MI
On the occasion of the 90-year anniversary of Domus two exhibitions will open on April 14 at Galleria Carla Sozzani: “Domus 90. Gio Ponti” and a small selection of Giorgio Casali’s photographs. On April 14 Domus opens two exhibitions at Galleria Carla Sozzani in Corso Como 10, Milan: “Domus 90. Gio Ponti”, focused on his idea of the home, and a photographic exhibition on Giorgio Casali’s work for the magazine.
The show also features Ponti’s fabric with its manifesto title “La legge mediterranea” (Mediterranean Law), representing his idea of the Mediterranean as a unitary cultural environment that should inspire Italy’s path towards Modernism. The 1949 Visetta sewing machine reveals Ponti’s profound ties with the entire design world, from handicraft to industry. His work for hotels – seen as a home away from home – is represented by a wooden luggage rack and two pieces of tableware.
In 1970 Gio Ponti inaugurated the Concattedrale di Taranto, one of his last great enterprises. In the same years he designed the church, Gio Ponti also designed a set of geometric and colourful plates, and a series of foldable furnishings on wheels. Ponti captured the spirit of the times that called for more informal homes.
Lastly, a series of letters describe the man himself: the greetings and thank-you notes to his friends are small artworks, drawn with an open and generous hand on pieces of paper or loose sheets that he would dedicate to his fondest friends.