Born in Milan in 1931, the Italian architect and designer Alessandro Mendini played a key role Italy's Radical and Postmodern design movements.
Groninger Museum celebrates the Italian master, passed away last February at age 87, with an exhibition, started in October 2019 and on show until May 2020.
Mondo Mendini – the World of Alessandro Mendini is an exhibition originally designed by Mendini for the Dutch institution: a colourful, dazzling riot of fine art, design and architecture. Mendini passionately believed in collaboration between creative spirits and the importance of imagination: he was given free rein to put together his dream installation with more than 200 pieces of his own revolutionary designs as well as works by numerous other artists and designers. Among them, a three-metre-high version of Poltrona di Proust and the dancer-shaped corkscrew Anna G., , along with other objects from his large collection, including jewellery, architectural models and sculptures.
On display also are the works by other artists and designers who inspired him, such as Paul Signac, Wassily Kandinsky, Henri Matisse and Oskar Schlemmer and objects by Italian designers Gio Ponti, Michele De Lucchi and Gaetano Pesce. A bittersweet note is that the museum, designed by Mendini himself as a gift to Groningen, will held other events and festivities to celebrate its 25th anniversary.