Three “Mysterious Objects” by Gio Ponti, the new inhabitants of Milano Malpensa

Porta di Milano, a recently inaugurated art showroom in Malpensa Airport, displays three works by the Italian architect and designer until the 31st of March. Passengers will be able to visit these works in an unusual way -as part of a non-contemplative, travelling experience.

Gio Ponti, flooring design for the  Salzburger Nachrichten. © Gio Ponti Archives

Gio Ponti, flooring design for the Salzburger Nachrichten. © Gio Ponti Archives

 

“Porta di Milano”, in Malpensa Airport, Terminal 1, is hosting an exhibition on Gio Ponti until the 31st of March. Inaugurated last October, the exhibition shows three works by the renowned Italian architect and designer: the Espressioni installation for the Ideal Standard Showroom in Milan (1966), the Cathedral of Los Angeles (1967), and  the flooring design for the Salzburger Nachrichten in Salzburg (1976) – considered by some as the ideas that over time led to masterpieces such as the Cathedral of Taranto or the Museum in Denver.

 

Gio Ponti, Los Angeles Cathedral, 1967 © Gio Ponti Archives

Gio Ponti, Los Angeles Cathedral, 1967 © Gio Ponti Archives

 

This exhibition, curated by Salvatore Licitra and made through the  collaboration of the Gio Ponti Archives with SEA – Airport of Milan, is free to be visited by any passengers going through the Malpensa Airport, taking advantage of the possibility to promote Italian arts for the general tourist, as well as providing a richer travelling experience.

 

"Ogetti Misteriosi" Porta di Milano. Courtesy of Gioponti.org
"Ogetti Misteriosi" Porta di Milano. Courtesy of Gioponti.org
"Ogetti Misteriosi" Porta di Milano. Courtesy of Gioponti.org
"Ogetti Misteriosi" Porta di Milano. Courtesy of Gioponti.org
"Ogetti Misteriosi" Porta di Milano. Courtesy of Gioponti.org

The works laid out in this exhibition area of Malpensa Airport are specially appropriate for their display as part of a travellers voyage, because of their “metamorphic” character. According to Licitra, “For these places of transition and metamorphosis I thought of gathering three really unusual “expressions ” (as Ponti calls them) – special points that seem to collect and combine different themes prefiguring a path that will take place later”.

 

Espressioni at Ideal Standard Showroom in Milan, 1966. © Gio Ponti Archives

Espressioni at Ideal Standard Showroom in Milan, 1966. © Gio Ponti Archives

 

The previous exhibitions in Porta di Milano were dedicated to Fausto Melotti and Marino Marini. This third instalment is made up of the different objects that form part of the three works: the Espressioni installation for the Ideal Standard Showroom in Milan (1966) are a series of white obeliscs that were to fill the interior of the original space, which was also, in its own way, a place of passage. Next to it stands the “Cathedral of Los Angeles”, a sculpture in the shape of an angel that suggests possible architectonic inhabitations. Last, but not least, the colourful flooring design for the Salzburger Nachrichten.

 

Gio Ponti, flooring design for the  Salzburger Nachrichten. © Gio Ponti Archives

Gio Ponti, flooring design for the Salzburger Nachrichten. © Gio Ponti Archives

Gio Ponti, flooring design for the  Salzburger Nachrichten. © Gio Ponti Archives

Gio Ponti, flooring design for the Salzburger Nachrichten. © Gio Ponti Archives