On December 14 the gallery and showroom of Iris Ceramica and FMG Fabbrica Marmi e Graniti, SpazioFMGperl'Architettura, opened an exhibition about representation of Dante’s literary imagination. The traditional pre-Christmas show at the gallery run by the Iris Ceramica Group brands featuring Italian architects is a preview of an exhibition scheduled to be held at the Reggia di Caserta in 2018. Curator Luca Molinari, with the assistance of Chiara Ingrosso, invited 70 Italian architects and designers representing different generations to address and interpret the symbolic and narrative universe of the Divine Comedy.
The exhibition installation designed and coordinated by architect Alessandro Benetti with Federica Rasenti divides SpazioFMG into three separate spaces. The first, including the entrance, is dominated by blow-ups of a number of Gustave Doré’s famous engravings. Printed on fabric like stage sets, the images take up all the available space and create a route offering glimpses into the second space. Words are the key to the second space: quotes from the Divine Comedy selected by Riccardo Buscagli, Senior Lecturer in Italian Literature at Florence University, visible on tablets resting on podiums made out of big slabs of MaxFine Citystone Grey by FMG.
The Words of the architects and designers involved in the project also appear, printed on panels suspended at mid-height in the room describing their works. A lower limit, the podiums, and an upper limit, the panels, once again offering glimpses of the final space and the end of the exhibition route.
The third space is all about images: overall views and details of 70 designs projected in a loop on the wall and original drawings by Andrea Branzi, Aimaro Isola, Ugo La Pietra, Maurizio Navone and Franco Purini , as well as engravings by Gustave Dorè in a precious copy of the Divine Comedy on exhibit in the gallery.
Title: Sezioni. L’Architettura italiana per la Divina Commedia
Curated by: Luca Molinari with the collaboration of Chiara Ingrosso.
Exhibition coordination and design: Alessandro Benetti, Federica Rasenti.
Dates: 14 December 2017 – 23 February 2018
(closed for the Christmas holidays from 23 December 2017 to 6 January 2018)
Thursday-Friday: 16:00-19:30 with guided tours by floornature.com editorial staff; at other times, on appointment for groups of at least 5. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: SpazioFMGperl'Architettura, via Bergognone 27 – Milan Italy
Photos: Mauro Consilvio