The Embassy of Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute Jakarta are hosting a unique exhibition focusing on the life of one of Italy’s most-celebrated industrial designers and architects Vico Magistretti. The exhibition, “Vico Magistretti Travelling Archive” will be held until October 7 at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura located in Central Jakarta.
The exhibition is set to recreate the studio of Vico Magistretti in Milan, in which the architect has worked for his entire career. In this room, the walls are covered with pin boards full of samples of his favourite paper materials, sketches drawn on newspaper pages, drawings made for him by his grandchildren along with letters, correspondence with friends and colleagues, and family photographs that have never been seen before. Thanks to this special layout, the exhibition allows visitors to explore the architect’s life, from his creative side to the origin and creation of the products.
Moreover, Vico Magistretti Travelling Archive will also highlight the great Milanese architect’s work with some of the most prominent Italian design companies. The work will be shown through sketches, pictures, notes, letters and faxes, as well as a selection of his most important creations, including the Eclisse, Dalù and Atollo lamps and Cinqueterre kitchens. Not only that, the exhibition will also feature a series of videos, such as a 40-minute interview with the virtuoso about his theory of design in Italian accompanied with English subtitles for guests’ enjoyment.
After October 7, the exhibition will then relocate to the Indonesian Contemporary Art and Design Exhibition at the grandkemang hotel Jakarta until November 11.
(Photo by Heri B. Heryanto)