FontanaArte. House of Glass
Curated by Christian Larsen
The spring exhibition of LE STANZE DEL VETRO is dedicated to the legendary Milanese firm, and deals with a theme of great interest in the panorama of art glass.
FontanaArte. House of Glass, curated by Christian Larsen, is a retrospective exhibition that critically examines the legendary Milanese manufacturer of glass furnishings through the production periods of its four great artistic directors: Gio Ponti, Pietro Chiesa, Max Ingrand and Gae Aulenti.
From the time of its foundation by Gio Ponti in 1932 until 1996, when Aulenti left the company, the FontanaArte catalogue traced a historical stylistic arc through 20th century design, from the rational logic of modernism to the playful wit of post-modernism. Throughout, the company set the standards for Italian design: the seamless continuity between the classical ancient past and the technological present; the perfect marriage of art with industry, the superior quality of materials and hand craftsmanship, and the elevation of the everyday object into the art of living.
The exhibition is laid out with each gallery focusing on each designer and culminates in a suite furnished in the FontanaArte style to evoke a dwelling made of glass interiors. The exhibition layout is designed by architect Massimiliano Locatelli.
Max Ingrand, Flower Vase, c. 1954, detail, Galleria Michela Cattai
Max Ingrand, Table lamp mod. 1815, 1957, detail, Galleria Michela Cattai