The Mario Bellini. Italian Beauty exhibition at the Triennale di Milano spans the Milanese architect’s entire career. On from 19th January to 19th March, it is a crosscutting journey taking in almost 60 years of design, architecture, exhibition design and much more.
The retrospective opens exactly thirty years after the one held in his honour at MoMA in New York in 1987, which documented his work as a designer. The museum already held 25 of his works in its permanent collection. 1987 marked a turning point for Bellini, after which he largely focused on large-scale architecture and urban design.
This is a homage to the multifaceted and singular career of an Italian designer who has won every possible plaudit, both for small-scale works (eight Golden Compass awards, furnishings and objects that have become iconic and are to be found in homes and offices all over the world, often anticipating or revolutionising tastes and styles), as well as large- scale ones (conference centres, trade fair venues and museums from Japan to the USA, Germany and Australia).
The exhibition at the Palazzo dell’Arte ranges over more than a thousand square metres, split between the Portal, Gallery, Piazza and four Rooms (each with a guiding theme) and aims to put the spotlight on the need for and the subversive and redeeming role of beauty. Hence its subtitle, “Italian Beauty.”
The exhibition is curated by Deyan Sudjic, director of London’s Design Museum. The installation was designed by Mario Bellini himself, who has remained passionate about “staging” exhibitions since 1962, most of them devoted to art and architecture.