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22.07.2011 – 23.10.2011 Nuremberg

Alessandro Mendini – Cabinet of Curiosities Design

Unconventional architecture and design in over 80 exhibits by a provocateur
View of the exhibition, Alessandro Mendini – Cabinet of Curiosities Design, Neues Museum Nuremberg, 2011.
Photo: Rainer Viertlböck

About the Exhibition

In a major exhibition, Die Neue Sammlung, in cooperation with the Neues Museum Nürnberg, presents early and new works by Alessandro Mendini and explores the artistic roots and methodical approaches in the Milanese designer’s cosmos. The unconventional architect and designer shows himself to be a designer of great consistency.

Among established Italian designers, Mendini was and is the provocateur of industrial design. He constantly questions the positions of the traditional, he is an iconoclast, an arsonist against the power of habit. On the architectural stage of the central exhibition hall, Mendini stages an exhibition landscape consisting of several islands, inspired by its cubic austerity and unity.

These islands – standing areas and pedestals for the exhibits – quote large-format design elements from Mendini’s design alphabet, the so-called Stilemi. Over 80 exhibits allow visitors to immerse themselves in a microcosm that amazes, surprises and astonishes through the universality and poetry as well as the colorful opulence and exoticism of the objects. Mendini creates a design cabinet of curiosities, witty, subtle and highly sensual.

An exhibition of the Neue Sammlung and the Neues Museum in Nuremberg

View of the exhibition. On display are several design objects in various bright colors and shapes. In the foreground are three chairs - on the left and right a wooden chair with a triangular backrest and in the middle an orange armchair with ornaments. The group of chairs is placed on a light blue, round background, as are the groupings of individual exhibits in the background.
View of the exhibition, Alessandro Mendini – Cabinet of Curiosities Design, Neues Museum Nuremberg, 2011.
Photo: Rainer Viertlböck

On the occasion of this exhibition, a catalogue was published on the multifaceted work of this great designer.

Curated by:

Peter Weiß, Münster