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Super Design Italian Radical Design: 1965-1975



Super Design Italian Radical Design: 1965-1975

The Istituto Italiano di Cultura in collaboration with R & Company and Design Exchange present Super Design, an exhibition of Italian Radical Design presented by R & Company curated by Maria Cristina Didero. The show has been over a decade in the making and has come together through extensive research, passionate collecting and interview protagonists of the movement. Iconic masterpieces such as Pratone from Ceretti-Derossi-Rosso, Fiore Artificiale by Gino Marotta, or Capitello from Studio65, the Super Design also presents some rare ephemera rediscovered over the years; included are photographs of cinematic interior spaces designed by the radicals in the 60s-70s, such as nightclubs, private homes and restaurants.

OPENING ON March 1, 2018 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
March 1, 2018 – May 11, 2018

Istituto Italiano di Cultura | 496 Huron St., Toronto | Gallery hours: Mon - Fri: 10:00am - 1:00pm; 2:30pm - 5:00pm


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Maria Cristina Didero is anindependent design curator and freelance journalist, based in Milan and working internationally. She contributes regularly to different magazine such as Domus and Vogue Italia, and she runs her own column titled “L’Ascensore” in IconDesign. Didero has collaborated with a number of institutions both in Italy and abroad, curating exhibitions worldwide and editing related catalogues. Among the most recent ones, AL(L): Projects with Aluminum by Michael Young at Grand Hornu (BE) for Stichting Kunstboek, (2016) and in the same year The Space in Between, Nendo’s first museum-like and anthological exhibition at Holon Design Museum, Tel Aviv (IL). In 2015 she published with Franco Audrito of Studio65, The Merchant Of Clouds (Skira) for the related show at the GAM, in Turin (IT). In 2013 she wrote the introductory text to 1968, a book by Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari based on Dakis Joannou’s radical design collection. Maria Cristina Didero has published and contributed to several books, among them in 2013, The System of Objects at DESTE Foundation (GR), a project co-curated with Andreas Angelidakis, in 2011 Keep Your Seat, GAM in Turin with Danilo Eccher (Electa), in 2010 Michele De Lucchi (Corraini) with illustrations by New York based illustrator Steven Guarnaccia.


Date: Da Thursday, March 01, 2018 a Friday, May 11, 2018

Organized by : Presented by Istituto Italiano di Cultura in collaboration with Design Exchange; Muse Factory of Projects; R & Company, NYC

Entrance : Free


Istituto Italiano di Cultura - 496 Huron St., Toronto