Nacho Carbonell "3 years", 10th November 2011

3 years ago Rossana Orlandi and Spanish artist / designer Nacho Carbonell signed the first exclusivity agreement for “Evolution” collection. Nacho Carbonell, one of the most remarkable talents graduating from Eindhoven Design Academy under Li Edelkoort’s direction, soon becomes  the leading artist of Galleria Rossana Orlandi.
Since then, this collaboration has been developing and strengthening through other editions, unique masterpieces and the participation to international fairs such as Art Basel Design Miami, Art Basel Miami Beach and Just Mad during Arco in Madrid, besides the exhibition “Diversity” held at Palazzo Gianfranco Ferré in Milan in 2010.
This new retrospective goes over these last three years of collaboration, and represents an unprecedented occasion to see for the first time in Italy the masterpieces of the collection “Playground Closes at Dusk”, a monumental series of outdoor creations presented at Design Miami Basel in June 2011, as well as “Bush of Iron”, manifesto of 2010 collection “Diversity”.
A series of skecthes, sculptures and maquettes expressly created by Nacho Carbonell for this occasion will also be on display: they represent the most experimental phase of his work, where iconographic and conceptual themes, that will flow into his future creations,  are rooted.

El Anatsui "NYEKOR" , February 2006

 
Nello SPAZIO ROSSANA ORLANDI a Milano (Via Matteo Bandello, 14), dal 17 febbraio al 4 marzo 2006 in collaborazione con October Gallery London, la mostra “Nyekor”con le opere più recenti dell’artista africano El Anatsui mai prima esposte in Italia.
 
La scelta di presentare, in collaborazione con la galleria londinese October Gallery, nel suo spazio di Via Matteo Bandello una serie di opere di El Anatsui, conferma la vocazione di talent scout di Rossana Orlandi e il suo impegno nel dar voce ad artisti e designer dei paesi del terzo mondo.Le raffinate tessiture “metalliche” e le sculture in legno di El Anatsui testimoniano lo straordinario rapporto tra creatività e radici storiche di uno degli artisti più “autenticamente africani” particolarmente apprezzato nel panorama dell’arte contemporanea internazionale quale interprete di “una nuova tradizione”, come sottolinea Simon Ottenberg, insigne antropologo, studioso di cultura e arte africana.Attraverso l’utilizzo di materiali di recupero, come multicolori tappi corona, schiacciati, appiattiti, ricuciti, El Anatsui riesce a creare arazzi, spesso di grandi dimensioni, di straordinaria suggestione e bellezza che mantengono – trasformata – la forza espressiva del colore e della ricchezza dei tessuti Kente* e dei preziosi abiti da cerimonia nyekor.Le sue opere, realizzate con pezzi di legno, vecchi mortai, etichette di carta, cocci di terra cotta, assumono forme di grande bellezza e di nuova “matericità”, fedeli – tuttavia –  nel rappresentare la tradizione più autentica e profonda della cultura africana e, al contempo, capaci di interpretarne le trasformazioni e le “contaminazioni” generate da una “modernità”sempre più presente.
El Anatsui, nato in Ghana nel 1944, ha partecipato alla Biennale di Venezia nel 1990.Le sue opere sono presenti nelle maggiori gallerie pubbliche e private in Europa e negli Stati Uniti. ‘Erosion’ (1995), una scultura monumentale, presentata nella sua prima personale all’’October Gallery’ di Londra, è stata acquisita dallo Smithsonian Museo. ‘Man’s Cloth’ e ‘Woman’s Cloth’, fanno parte delle ultime acquisizioni del British Museum di Londra.

Untold at Museo Bagatti Valsecchi , April 2014

 
9th April . 6th May 2014
Dialogues: silent, hence powerful. The contemporary spirit enters the museum mansion,
without preambles yet as a welcome guest, peacefully occupying its spaces to
create unexpected short circuits, juxtapositions of aesthetics and materials, artisanal
knowledge and applied arts, in the name of a continuity that takes the form of graphic
contrasts. For the second consecutive year, Vionnet, in the person of Goga Ashkenazi,
sustains as main partner the exhibition curated by Rossana Orlandi at Museo Bagatti
Valsecchi. The chosen title is both a declaration of intents and a poetic statement: Untold.
Untold as unspoken because you do not need to, because it is self-evident, subtle
and impalpable. Untold because the urgency to explain everything obscures and limits
freedom of thought.
Untold defines a path within the Museo Bagatti Valsecchi, revealing intervals and proximities
between the world of today and the authority of history. A piece of a designer or
a contemporary artist is placed in each room, creating a soft tension with the existing
environment. At the center of this magnificent trip is the impressive installation created
by Jacopo Foggini for Vionnet using polychrome methacrylate: an accumulation of colorful
signs hanging from the ceiling and protruding from the floor, leaving a huge, Vshaped
empty space in the middle. The works of Formafantasma for Lobmeyr, Maarten
Baas for Carpenters Workshop, Nacho Carbonell, Marcel Wanders,Gaetano Pesce, Nika
Zupanc for Dormeo, Wonmin Park, Jacopo Foggini, Enrico Marone Cinzano, Rooms,
Carlo Bach, Nigel Coates, Barnaba Fornasetti and Nigel Coates, Liborio Capizzi, Von
Pelt, Hillside Out, Yukiko Nagai, JamesPlumb, Os and OOS, Uufie, Treluce, as well as
the reissues of original designs by Salvador Dali for Bd Barcelona occupy the other
rooms. The idea that ages-old techniques and knowledge do not limit, rather stimulate
the new, unifies the path, because only freedom from pre-set rule produces progress.
The same experimental freedom is owned by Vionnet and Audemars Piguet, additional
partner to the exhibition. In a dedicated environment, Audemars Piguet will exhibit a
series of historical styles while engaging in a captivating interaction with the audience,
showing a watchmaker at work on Royal Oak Offshore, the iconic model that twenty
years ago has revolutionized the world of watches both for its design – bold and daring
– and the choice of materials. The quest for innovation in the name of beauty is the
subtle, open, non-dogmatic trait d’union crossing Untold its entirety.
All along the exhibition path the chairs of the watchmen will be substituted by a selection
of contemporary chairs designed by Thomas Libertiny for Tchai, Jacopo Foggini
for Edra, Nika Zupanc for Moooi and A lot of Brasil, Philip Starck for Kartell and together
with Eugeni Quittlet for Magis, Tom Dixon for Cappellini, Franco Albini for
Cassina, Maarten Baas, Marcel Wanders, Palomba e Serafini for Crassevig, Stefano
Giovannoni, Yukiko Nagai.
 
PRESS RELEASE UNTOLD ENG

RO FUORISALONE 2015

14th – 19th April 2015

9.00 – 20.00

Spazio Rossana Orlandi
Via Matteo Bandello 14-16
20123 Milano

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