Architect Mario Bellini himself designed the installation for the retrospective exhibition focusing on his multi-faceted sixty-year career in architecture: from the small scale, objects that have become icons of international design, to the large scale, with buildings all over the world, such as the Department of Islamic Arts at the Louvre in Paris, the Tokyo Design Centre, the MICo Convention Centre at Fiera di Milano, the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne and many others.
The exhibition underway at La Triennale di Milano until March 19 2017 is curated by Deyan Sudjic, director of the London Design Museum, with Ermanno Ranzani for architecture and Marco Sammicheli for design. Visitors enter through a Portal/Library, a vast structure measuring 25 metres wide and 6 metres high containing architectural models, images and objects. An overview of all Bellini’s work unfolds as visitors proceed along the exhibition route: the Gallery, the Central Plaza and four Side Halls.
In these Halls architectural projects are represented in films and images projected on floor-to-ceiling screens to offer visitors an experience of immersion in various different contexts. The Gallery connecting the Halls with the Central Plaza presents the key themes of the architect’s work. Objects and plans by Bellini are exhibited on the floor and walls, while his philosophy is represented in more than 100 images on the ceiling illustrating works of art, architecture, references to the world of plants and animals, shapes, vintage photos and well-known faces. The exhibition concludes with a section called “NEXT”, offering visitors a sneak preview of some of the architect’s current projects and transforming what was originally a retrospective into a prospective of the architect’s future work.
Title: Mario Bellini Italian Beauty
Curator: Deyan Sudjic con Ermanno Ranzani (architecture), Marco Sammicheli (design).
Video: 3D Produzioni, directed by Giovanni Piscaglia.
Dates: 19 January – 19 March 2017
Location: Triennale Milano, Italy
Images courtesy of Triennale Milano, photos by: Mario Bellini Archive, Raffaele Cipoletta, Alberto Fioravanti, Samuele Fosso, John Gollings, Francesco Radino, Philippe Ruault