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Centre Pompidou Presents a Retrospective on Legendary Italian Designer Ettore Sottsass

Featuring 400 drawing, paintings and sensorial objects.

Paris’ Centre Pompidou is holding an extensive survey on master Italian designer, Ettore Sottsass. The collection includes 500 photographs and archival documents explaining his process, along with 400 drawings, paintings, and unique objects that chronicles his life from the 1940s to 1980s.

Although he was largely known for founding the design group, Memphis Milano, Sottsass always reverted back to painting to free his senses. This liberation would frequently and characteristically appear in all the work he’d create throughout his life. Lamps, chairs, cabinets — anything that released the senses. He essentially brought the poetics of artmaking into the often rigid discipline of architecture and design.

Sottsass understood that the utility of an object or space was not the ultimate goal, but the metaphysical attributes that they can evoke are just as important. “I have always thought that design begins where rational processes end and magic begins,” the artist once said. “Ettore Sottsass The Magical Object” is on view at the Centre Pompidou until January 3.

Also on view, Mischa Pavlovski Andresen unveils “Evolution Sage” at V1 Gallery.

Centre Pompidou
Place Georges-Pompidou,
75004 Paris, France

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