Franco Mello between arts and design
The Plart Foundation of Naples is pleased to announce the Franco Mello exhibition curated by Giovanna Cassese and organized in the context of PROJECT XXI in collaboration with "Donnaregina Foundation for Contemporary Arts".
|Cactus,1972 - ph Fabio Donato|
The exhibition is dedicated to the peaks of excellence in the production of Franco Mello, creator of contemporary design icons – such as the Cactus coat rack, designed in 1972 with Guido Drocco for the company Gufram – but, above all, living symbol of a designer who has believed in the dialogue among the arts from the start.
Will open March 9, 2017 in the magnificent spaces of the Plart Foundation with the special participation of the designer during the opening and also on the occasion of the workshop on conservation and restoration of design, scheduled for April 4, 2017.
Mello’s production is varied and elaborate, ranging from design to photography, from graphics to publishing, and it sees him in the role of an artist, a jewelry maker and a designer of complex installations. On display, harmoniously arranged on an exhibition stand designed by Felix Policastro, the famous sculpture-objects in polyurethane foam made for Gufram and Dog Design: among them, the Seduta Incastro, the Tavolo Erba, and the Cactus presented in all its re-editions, up to the Psychedelic Cactus of 2016 created by the fashion designer Paul Smith, and the Suburbia, Mun and Mun Bis seats. Another section will be devoted to Franco Mello’s activity as a graphic designer, presenting artist’s books, catalogs and art magazines characterized by an outstanding print quality.
|Terzo Paradiso, 2014 |
by Franco Mello & Michelangelo Pistoletto
ph Carlo Carossio
The exhibition will display also the jewels designed by Michelangelo Pistoletto, Emilio Isgrò, Mimmo Paladino, Marco Gastini, Matteo Bonafede, Aldo Spinelli: a selection from the Sfioro collection created in 2013 by Franco Mello, Mauro Bonafede and Susanna Besio Tosco. Two unreleased videos and a wide selection of photographs taken by the artist in small and large format are part of the exhibition itinerary and will mark the voices of a production that ranges across the board from art to communication design and product design.
The exhibition will be accompanied by the publication of an extensive volume on Franco Mello’s activity, edited by Giovanna Cassese and published by Gangemi Editore.
Plart Foundation - Naples
March 9 – June 3, 2017
Opening March 9 at 6:00 p.m.