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  • Alessandro Mendini - La poltrona di Proust, 1978 - Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal
  • Il modo italiano - sale espositive
  • Gaetano Pesce - “La mamma” poltrona e poggiapiedi, 1969 - The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts – Liliale and David M. Stewart Collection
  • Ettore Sottsass - Piatto da frutta Murmansk, 1982 - Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal. Collection Liliane et David M. Stewart
  • Luigi Otani in collaborazione con Ceramica Gatti di Faenza - San SebastianSaggitario, 1995 - Collezione privata, courtesy Galleria dello Scudo, Verona
  • Vanessa Beecroft - The Ponti Sisters, 2001 - Courtesy Deitch Projects e l’artista, New York
  • Fortunato Depero - Festa della sedia, 1927 - Mart

Il Modo Italiano
Italian design and the avant-garde in the 20th century

Mart Rovereto
03 March 2007 / 03 June 2007
The Mart, with "Il modo italiano" focuses on the theme of design and its links with the visual arts and industrial production during the 20th century, with an innovative and wide-ranging exhibition.

l modo italiano" presents 380 objects, from 1890 to the present day, including not only painting, sculpture, photography and architectural drawings, but a whole range of objects, from furniture to glass items, fashion to ceramics. The works, on loan from Italian and international private and public collections, will reconstruct the complexity of that special creative climate that distinguished Italy during the 20th century.
The innovative approach of the project consists in highlighting the links between many artistic disciplines that have encouraged the development of European design.


Within this context, Italian creativity has shown itself able to anticipate tastes and trends that have then expressed themselves to best effect in design, but also in painting and sculpture. While all the arts of the 20th century contributed to the opening up of Italy to modernity, it is in the design sector in particular that Italy carved a place for itself as world leader since the period after the Second World War.
The investigation of “Il Modo Italiano” starts from Mart’s decision to present projects encouraging a dialogue between the various arts, in the awareness that there is no single “main road” in culture and the artistic experience.


Watch the set of immages on flickr

Curated by Giampiero Bosoni and Guy Cogeval.