Ettore Sottsass: Humanism

Ettore Sottsass: Humanism

  • 26 August - 19 October 2022
  • EAST
"Decoration can be a state of mind, an unusual perception, a ritual whisper."- Ettore Sottsass

The Page Gallery is pleased to present the first solo exhibition in Korea by Ettore Sottsass, a world-renowned Italian architect and designer who marked a new era in the design world by leading postmodernism in the 1980s, until October 19, 2022, at the East hall.

Ettore Sottsass is a representative of the Italian Anti-Design movement that arose as a movement against functionalism in the late 1970s and aimed at the sensory and interesting design that broke away from the existing functionalism. His designs had a great influence on the young artists of the Memphis Group, and later led the postmodern design movement that dominated the 1980s. Through this, he was the one who put Italian art as well as industrial design into the world-class.

This exhibition, which is divided into four spaces, starts with works from the 2000s to works from the 1960s, giving the audience pleasure. From primitive and formatively huge objects in which the architect's DNA is completely embedded in the work, objects with decorative and colorful expressions gradually welcome the audience. In particular, the historical significance was highlighted when Amoire Superbox of his 1960s work was exhibited at the Centre Pompidou last year. In Seoul, this exhibition is expected to be a good opportunity to appreciate Ettore Sottsass’s original work better before founding the Memphis Group.

An official from Ettore Sottsass Foundation in Milan said, “Sottsass was one of the very rare artists who redefined his discipline and foresaw major shifts in society’s sensibilities. His influence is still felt by young artists and designers today. Korea’s art world is very sophisticated and has had exposure to the vision of many of the world’s most important artists, architects, and designers. It is a privilege to be able to show an important chapter in Sottsass’ 60 years career.”

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