Exhibition | VIVERE ALLA PONTI – maneiras de morar e trabalhar de Gio Ponti
The Museu da Casa Brasileira (MCB), an institution of the São Paulo State Secretariat of Culture, and the Istituto Italiano di Cultura bring to São Paulo the exhibition ‘Vivere alla Ponti – ways of living and working for Gio Ponti’. Curated by Francesca Molteni and Franco Raggi, the exhibition will run from March 1 to April 15 and will cover the architectural experiences designed by the master of design and architecture in Italy in the 20th century. Videos, photographs of files, furniture and the reproduction of unpublished drawings will be exhibited. The event is part of the second edition of IDD (Italian Design Day) – Day of Italian Design in the World.
The exhibition will arrive at the MCB after passing through Milan, Rome, Venice and London, and has the support of Molteni & C., Responsible for the reissue of some of the furniture designed by Ponti. The pieces featured in the show were idealized between 1935 and 1970 and include armchairs, coffee tables, chairs and shelves, some used by the designer’s family. Exposed documents and photographs portray the artist’s intimate relationship with his architectural projects: from the houses in Milan designed to live with the family to the Palazzo de Montecatini, home to the famous Pirelli offices.
The Istituto will promote on February 28 the exhibition of the film Amare Gio Ponti, directed by Francesca Molteni. The documentary, produced in 2015, features testimonies of family members of the artist and some of his heirs by profession, such as Vittorio Gregotti, Fulvio Irace, Enzo Mari, Giovanna and Maria Grazia Mazzocchi. Then there will be a debate with Peter Hefti, responsible for the cultural activities of the Molteni Group and director of the Molteni Museum and Compound in Italy.
Another action that is part of the schedule is the guided tour with Peter Hefti on March 2, Friday, at 3:00 p.m. To participate, you must register by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Vacancies are limited.
Known as one of the most influential figures in Italian design, Gio Ponti was born in Milan in 1891. He worked as an architect, industrial designer and painter. He was professor at the Faculty of Architecture at the Polytechnic of Milan and founder of the magazines Domus (1928) and Stile (1941). He died in 1979, after almost 50 years dedicated to the profession.
Vivere alla Ponti – ways to live and work by Gio Ponti
Visitation until April 15
Museu da Casa Brasileira
Av. Faria Lima, 2705
Tel .: (11) 3032-3727
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