design is a state of mind
Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli
via Nizza 230/103
10126 Torino, It
/ www.serpentinegalleries.org / www.museion.it
22 October 2014 – 22 February 2015
Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli is very pleased to announce its presentation of the exhibition design is a state of mind, curated by Martino Gamper.
The project is closely related to the mission of Pinacoteca Agnelli: the study of different ways of collecting and of private collections. It is also inspired by explorations into the practice of accumulation, a concept that has been developed by the artist through many aspects of his work.
The show has been produced in collaboration with the Serpentine Galleries, London (5/3/2014 – 18/5/2014) Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli in Turin (22/10/2014 – 22/02/2015) and Museion in Bolzano (12/06/2015 – 06/09/2015).
design is a state of mind will present a landscape of shelving systems, telling the story of design objects and their impact on our lives.
An extensive display of shelving systems from the 1930s to the present day will form the backbone of the exhibition. Ranging from historic design classics and one-off pieces, to industrial, utilitarian, contemporary and newly commissioned work, the exhibition will include designs by Gaetano Pesce, Ettore Sottsass, Ercol, Gio Ponti and IKEA.
Each display system will also be used to organise and exhibit collections of objects curated from the personal archives of Gamper’s friends and colleagues as well as an extensive library of contemporary furniture manufacturing catalogues from around the world.
"There is no perfect design and there is no über-design. Objects talk to us personally. Some might be more functional than others, and the emotional attachment is very individual. This exhibition will showcase a very personal way of collecting and gathering objects – these are pieces that tell a tale".
– Martino Gamper. Taken from the press release