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26/02 2013

Plastic Factory

Plastic Factory, the new exhibition curated by the cultural association Asilo Bianco, has a double opening for two different venues: on the 22nd March at the Forum of Omegna (Verbania) and on the 23rd March at the Museum Tornielli in Ameno (Novara).

The Plastic Factory exhibition– open until the 2nd June 2013 – aims to investigate the issues related to the use of plastic both in manufacturing and in art and design, from the avant-garde of the sixties to the ninties. The charm of working with an “amazing medium” – as Roland Barthes defined it – was the challenge that many artists and designers received, searching for various and new expressive possibilities.

The Museum Tornielli in Ameno (No) will host an exhibition where contemporary artists works – such as Alessandro Ciffo’s silicon lamps, Enrica Borghi’s jellyfish sculptures, Cracking Art installations- will be related to some more historic pieces coming from the collections of the Museum of Plastic Arts [ MAP] in Castiglione Olona and of the Fondazione Antonio and Carmela Calderara in Vacciago – Ameno.
International artists, such as Maurizio Cattelan, Sylvie Fleury and Katharina Fritsch, will be also presented in the exhibition.

A section will explore the theme of industrial design, in collaboration with the Forum of Omegna (which will host part of the exhibition), the Alessi Museum, the Kartell Museum, Pandora Design and the italian factory La Nuova Faro: a wider audience will discover the important collections kept in these famous companies museums and understand not only the evolution of the products but also the social changes of the different times.

At the same time some “masterpieces” by historic designers will be exhibited: the pieces of the 90′s designed for Alessi by Stefano Giovannoni and Guido Venturini, the famous “Moscardino” by Pandora Design, winner of the Compasso d’Oro prize in 2001; the Joe Colombo chairs for Kartell, and the transition from aluminum to plastic toys in the works of La Nuova Faro in Omegna.
Asilo Bianco will also organize in May 2013 a conference on the restoration of contemporary works, with important teachers and experts in the field, that will follow a workshop for Milan and Turin Fine Arts Academy students.

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