Three design exhibitions between attention to environmental issues and resilience


In the water in the design: sete di conoscenza sete di sopravvivenza“(” In the water in design: thirst for knowledge thirst for survival “): the evocative title of the exhibition devoted to the works of designer and architect Roberto Marcatti presented as part of the tenth edition of Altare Vetro Design at the Art Glass Museum in Altare, Italy.
The exhibition presents to the public a wide selection of objects designed by the Milanese architect. Roberto Marcatti, from the 1980s and up to his most recent work, which sees him actively engaged in the landscape of environmental sustainability. Since 2005, Roberto Marcatti has produced the H2O project in close collaboration with Cintya concari, which uses the language of design to raise awareness of the issue of saving and conserving water, an essential resource for life on our planet. The series of prototypes designed for AVD2021 is precisely linked to this experience, decanters and glasses to contain, serve and drink water, made by the French master glassmaker Jean-Marie Bertaine in the oven of Villa Rosa, seat of the Altare museum.

The Achievements exhibition, on the other hand, dedicated to 10 outstanding Italian representatives, will be held until March 16, 2022 in the Italian pavilion at Expo Dubai 2020 and presented by the National Confederation of Crafts. Among the works on display are those created by the artist and eco-social designer Luca Gnizio.
The “eco-social designer“is a new professional figure, today recognized internationally, but created by Luca Gnizio almost 10 years ago. His technical-artistic training as an industrial designer, associated with a marked sensitivity to environmental issues, inspired Luca Gnizio imagine and develop your profession as a designer in a rather particular field, oriented towards ecological and social assistance and inspired by the principle of the “three Rs”: Reduce, reuse, recycle. Continuous research that transforms industrial production waste into resources and into new opportunities for social dialogue between businesses and associations in the area.

Ultimately, AQUÍ ESTAMOS / (WE ARE), is a large-scale sculpture exhibition that marks the Japanese-Swiss artist by Leiko Ikemura back to Spain. Six giant sculptures that float in the water in front of the architectures of the Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències in Valence, engaged in an intimate dialogue with the great “eye” of Hemisfèric, the planetarium designed by Santiago calatrava. The sculptures are fantastic bronze figures, which are inspired by the imaginary world of the artist Leiko Ikemura giving off a feeling of resilience. Four – those representing girls – appear in a reclining position, as if they were diving into the swimming pool, giving life to a new shape that seems to evoke a flower. An ideal water lily that blends into the surrounding landscape, illustrating the artist’s intense work in building a relationship with the architectural ensemble of the Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències, in search of a close symbiosis between art and architecture.

(Agnese Bifulco)

Images courtesy of the artists
01, 17-25
Leiko Ikemura AQUÍ ESTAMOS-HERE WE ARE © Leiko Ikemura & VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021 photo by Maria Mira (01, 17-24), Philipp von Matt (25)
Roberto Marcatti
Luca Gnizio, photo of Lorenzo Bacci (15), Fabio Patrassi (11-14).

Exhibition: Altare Vetro Design “In water in design: sete di conoscenza sete di sopravvivenza”
Artist / Architect: Roberto Marcatti
Location: Museo dell’Arte Vetraria Altarese Piazza Consolato 4 – 17041 Altare (SV) Italy
Dates: October 16 – December 5, 2021

Exposure: Achievements
Eco-social artist / designer Luca Gnizio
Location: Italian Pavilion, Expo Dubai 2020
Dates: October 01, 2021 – March 16, 2022

Exposure: Leiko Ikemura. AQUÍ ESTAMOS / (WE ARE)
Artist: Leiko Ikemura.
Site: The Ciutat de les Arts et les Ciències, Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe – Av. Del Professor López Piñero 7, Valencia (Spain)
Dates: September 30, 2021 – March 6, 2022


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