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Mondo Mendini

Design | August 14, 2020 |

Mondo Mendini
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Mondo Mendini
Groninger Museum, Groningen
June 01 – August 30, 2020

The Groninger Museum presents Mondo Mendini – The World of Alessandro Mendini: the large-scale exhibition the renowned Italian designer, who 25 years ago served as the chief architect of the still remarkable Groninger Museum building, put together shortly before he passed away.

Mondo Mendini
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Mendini chose to display not only a broad selection from his own oeuvre, he also selected works by artists with whom he felt a kinship, such as Paul Signac, Gio Ponti, and Michele De Lucchi. Comprising more than 200 objects, Mondo Mendini is a visually overwhelming, poetic, and humorous reflection of Mendini’s career as a designer and an architect.

“My work is like a novel in which seriousness, pain, comedy and poetry exist side by side. And my objects are the tragicomic characters.”
– Alessandro Mendini

Mondo Mendini
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Because of his rejection of hierarchical divisions between architecture, autonomous art and design – between ‘high’ and ‘low’ art – Alessandro Mendini (1931-2019) became one of postmodernism’s most distinctive designers. His work is often colourful, decorative and surprising in form, with imagination taking precedence over functionality. More than two years ago, the Groninger Museum invited Mendini to compile an exhibition of his work, taking whatever approach he wished. He was delighted at the chance to curate a large-scale show in ‘his’ museum.

Mondo Mendini
Image courtesy of Groninger Museum

Mondo Mendini features a number of his most-famous creations. Among them is a giant three-metre-high version of Poltrona di Proust, his kitschy armchair decorated with colourful dots. Another highlight is the imposing Petite cathédrale, a miniature cathedral covered entirely in mosaic. Both works come from the Fondation Cartier collection. The cathedral’s interior even is covered in gold mosaic, as is the sculpture Visage archaïque, housed inside, which the designer intended as a universal symbol of harmony.

Mondo Mendini
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Also on display is Anna G., the dancer-shaped corkscrew that became a bestseller for Alessi. A special posthumous edition of Mendini’s self-portrait corkscrew, Alessandro M. – Groningen, created on the occasion of the exhibition, is available in the museum shop. All in all, the exhibition showcases a diverse selection of work from Mendini’s varied oeuvre, from jewellery to architectural models, household objects to large sculptures.

Mondo Mendini
Image courtesy of Groninger Museum

Entirely in keeping with his artistic views, Mendini chose to showcase not just his own work in the exhibition but also that of great artists and designers of the past and present who had inspired him. He always generously acknowledged the influence of others. For Mondo Mendini, he selected works by classic-modern artists including Paul Signac, Wassily Kandinsky and Henri Matisse; architectural designs by Theo van Doesburg and Gerrit Rietveld; objects by Italian designers like Gio Ponti, Michele De Lucchi and Gaetano Pesce; and recent paintings by the American artist Peter Halley.

more. www.groningermuseum.nl

Mondo Mendini
Image courtesy of Groninger Museum
Mondo Mendini
Image courtesy of Groninger Museum
Mondo Mendini
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Mondo Mendini
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Mondo Mendini
Image courtesy of Groninger Museum
Mondo Mendini
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