Antonio Marras: Nulla dies sine linea
Triennale Design Museum presents, until 21st of January 2017, Antonio Marras: Nulla dies sine linea, which is an anthological exhibition of works of art executed over the last twenty years, illustrating Antonio Marras’ visual trajectory.
The exhibition’s title – a Pliny the Elder’s famous phrase with which he referred to the painter Apelles who “never let a day pass without tracing a line” – alludes to how Marras has always combined his work as a designer with that of the artist.
The exhibition is intended as “a fully-involving experience, a journey into a stimulating, provocative world (stimulating because it is provocative) that is sometimes absolute, sporadically uninhibited” – says the curator Francesca Alfano Miglietti.
Antonio Marras, the most intellectual of Italian designers, is renowned above all for creating a magic world… fusing cinema, poetry, history and visual art. He is well known for his intellectual curiosity and his research, that is always very distant from fashion-related clichés. Through his vision and creations Marras speaks, year after year, of identity, exiles and refugees, multiculturalism, the world and destiny.
His revolt against any form of extremism and purity is a distinctive trait of his research, which ranges from fashion to the arts, from the theatre to architecture and design.
Marras stands at the centre of a poetic universe comprising different languages, oscillating among digressions from one material to another, from one technique to another, from one expressive form to another.
Francesca Alfano Miglietti explains that: “For Marras, everything can be artistic material: his personal history, his island, his dogs, the horizons, the sea, history, rags, relations and relationships. All the disciplines he has approached, or which have approached him, become materials to use in the same way as collage, photography, found objects, painting, sculpture, installation art, etc. Materials with which he has physical relations, with which he pursues a confrontation that will generate an encounter. A unique, personal encounter. His work is all about light… despite the shadows and half-light… a quality of light which arouses endless intellectual curiosity and a rare creative force”.
In addition to a series of new and previously seen installations, for the Triennale Marras has reworked over five hundred drawings and paintings he did over the years. He has mounted them in new frames, woven the most diverse fabrics into them and hung them on the walls. They are both witnesses and narrators of the life illustrated in the ROOMS, which are installations with windows, doors and openings, inhabited by old clothes (none of which he designed) and objects of various kinds and styles.
This fluid exhibition is a work of art in its own right, occupying over 1,200 m2. It also displays Marras’ meetings and relations, such as those with Maria Lai and Carol Rama, who were the first to encourage the designer to show works he had kept hidden.
The journey ends with a story of a nomadic life. Hundreds, thousands of drawings, sketches, snippets that Marras has created over the years during his innumerable travels: memories of expressions, maps, voices, silences, thoughts, worlds. Notebooks, albums and diaries fillled with colours, bearing witness to an endless, unrepressed creative air.
The exhibition relates Antonio Marras’ visionary world, highlighting the emotion-driven and intellectual signs that marked important stages in his life. This world will also be related in a catalogue published by SKIRA, with contributions by poets, musicians, writers, artists, intellectuals and journalists, thereby highlighting just how much Marras considers relations as poetic elements and part of his solitary course.
ANTONIO MARRAS: Nulla dies sine linea
- Life, diaries and notes of a restless man
Triennale Design Museum
Viale Alemagna 6 – Milano
until 21st January 2017
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