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THE PRACTICAL MADNESS

A fascinating retrospective which puts on display a collection of more than one thousand pieces by Fornasetti retrieved from his marvellous archives.

FORNASETTI PRACTICAL MADNESS

DONGDAEMUN DESIGN PLAZA, SEOUL

The Dongdaemun Design Plaza in Seoul houses the first Asian stopover of the “Fornasetti Practical Madness” exhibition including more than 1.300 pieces from the Fornasetti archive in Milan.

The exhibition layout takes the visitor through a path starting with a selection of iconic Piero Fornasetti’s objects as the trumeau, screens and tables. It continues with the debut as printmaker in his workshop of artist’s books and through a selection of his paintings. The collaboration with Gio Ponti was an encounter that proved very important. Together they imagined complete interior design and decoration solutions for private homes, ocean liners and casinos. The exhibition unveils also the multitude of motifs Fornasetti applied on porcelain’s objects, umbrella stands and trays. The “Tema e Variazioni” room hosts the most iconic Fornasetti’s décor, a cascade of plates hanging on threads like “mobiles”. The exhibition ends with the contemporary and recent works by Piero’s son, Barnaba.

DONGDAEMUN DESIGN PLAZA - SEOUL – 22nd NOVEMBER 2016 / 19TH MARCH 2017

CURATED BY BARNABA FORNASETTI AND SILVANA ANNICCHIARICO

La FOLIE PRATIQUE

Musée des arts décoratifs, Paris

Presented in the main Nave of Les Arts Decoratifs, the exhibition "Piero Fornasetti: the Practical Madness" is a collection of more than one thousand pieces by Fornasetti (1913-1988) retrieved from his incredible archives.

This retrospective exhibition is a portrait of this creator who was a painter as well as a decorator, a printer and a publisher, a collector and a merchant. In the theatrical decorative universe of Fornasetti, the subjects imbued with poetry and imagination play with optical illusions, metaphysical landscapes, figures drawn from the comedy of craft and enigmatic and lunar faces depicted in multiple variations. Piero Fornasetti paints scarves as well as furniture with his motifs, but also walls and screens, plates, trays and umbrella stands. In particular, together with the architect Gio Ponti, he imagined complete interior design and decoration solutions for private homes, ocean liners, casinos.

Les Art Décoratifs - Paris - March 11th / June 14th 2015

Curated by Barnaba Fornasetti

100 anni di follia pratica

Triennale Museum, Milan

On the occasion of the centenary of Piero Fornasetti’s birth, the Triennale Design Museum presents a first grand and unprecedented exhibition of the artist’s work, curated by Barnaba Fornasetti.

Triennale Design Museum chose to pay tribute to Fornasetti to underscore the artist’s role and propose a new and more correct reading of his work in the context of the critical and theoretical debate on ornament as a structural element of project.

Painter, engraver and printer, designer, collector, stylist, refined craftsman, art gallery manager and exhibition promoter, Fornasetti has been an extremely rich and complex personality. He designed and made approximately 13.000 objects and decorations. His world is animated by the rigour of project, of art and craftsmanship, but also by unbridled fantasy, surrealist invention and poetry.

The exhibition’s path walks through the artist’s start as a painter in the spirit of Novecento, his artist’s books printing workshop, his tight collaboration with Gio Ponti in the 1950s and 1060s and the harder 1970s until 1988, the year of Fornasetti’s death, and covers a long period overawed on the whole by the ruling rationalist dogma of functionality in architecture and design, which confined Fornasetti to a marginal role, but still could not stifle his volcanic creativity.

The exhibition includes more than 1000 pieces, mostly from the extraordinary Fornasetti archive in Milan, curated by Barnaba Fornasetti, who still carries on his father’s work.

Triennale Design Museum - Milan - November 13th / February 9th 2013/2014

Curated by Barnaba Fornasetti

Eloge du décoratifs Le Monde

Piero Fornasetti, le maître des illusions. Elle Decor

A must-see for fans of the surreal stylings of artist-designer Piero Fornasetti. The Wall Street Journal

Fornasetti conquista Parigi con una grande retrospettiva che ne ripercorre l’intera carriera. Vogue.it

A Parigi si celebra il designer che portò l’arte nella quotidianità. La Stampa

Welcome to the whimsical world of Piero Fornasetti;
La Folie Pratique is a fascinating review of the life and work of this popular Italian artist. The Telegraph Luxury

Une rétrospective conçue comme un prodigieux cabinet de curiosités. Stiletto

PAST EXHIBITIONS

1944 Genève, Foyer des Etudiants

1946 L'Aja, Galleria Boucher

1951 Milano, Centro di Studi Grafici

1956 Paris, Galerie Bernheim-Jeune

1957 London, Tea Center
Lugano, Interform

1958 Sion, L'Atelier

1962 Karlsruhe, Landesgewerbeamt
Lucerne, Uberschlag-Biser
Kaiserrlautern, Landesgewerbeamt

1963 Düsseldorf, Interior
Biel, Kramer

1964 Milano, Sala Espressioni

1966 Malmö, Ohlsons
Dallas, Neiman Marcus
Chicago, Galleria La Colonna
Zürich, Galerie Bally
Los Angeles, Feingarten Galleries
Torino, Galleria Martano

1967 Lille, Opportune
Torino, “La Stanza Metafisica”

1973 Padova, Images 70
Torino, Il Fauno 2

1974 Torino, Documenta
Genève, Aurore
Verona, Ghelfi
München, Jara
Milano, Rizzolino

1978 Milano, Galleria Dei Bibliofili

1979 Milano, Galleria Dei Bibliofili

1980 Milano, Galleria Dei Bibliofili

1988 Barcellona, Camilla Hamm

1989 Montréal, Galerie Leport Trampley
Parma, Nuova Galleria del Teatro

1990 Torino, Galleria Nuova Avigdor
Ginevra, Art and Style
New York, 280 Modern

1991 Paris, L'Eclaireur
Melegnano, Castello Mediceo
London, Victoria and Albert Museum
London, Themes and Variations

1992 Lignano Sabbiadoro, Sbaiz Spazio Arte
Roma, Palazzo Ruspoli

1993 Milano, Salone Internazionale del Mobile
Firenze, Borgo degli Albizi

1994 Verona, Zenaro

1998 New York, Christie's
Los Angeles, Christie's

2002 Paris, “69 dessins érotiques”, Palais Royal

2003/2004 Washington, San Francisco, Chicago, Toronto, Los Angeles, “Fornasetti. La follia pratica”, Italian Institute of Culture

2005 Milan, “Il segreto di Fornasetti”, Galleria Luisa delle Piane
Paris, “Le Secret de Fornasetti”, L'Eclaireur

2006 Brussels, “Piero Fornasetti”, Galerie 146 Autegarden - Rapin
London, “the secret of Fornasetti”, The Hospital Gallery

2007 Milan, “The tie loosens its knot”, Galleria Luisa Delle Piane

2008 Milan, “Fornasetti rugs by Roubini Rugs”, Galleria Carla Sozzani
Milan, “Ionic obsession”, Galleria Carla Sozzani

2009 Milan, “Fornasetti: l’artista alchimista e la bottega fantastica”, Electa. Mondadori. Spazio Fornasetti.