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Alessi exhibition moves to Germany

The Beauty and the Mastery exhibition, which charts Alessi’s Italian Design Factory, moves to the Museum fur Angewandte Kunst Koln in Germany in January

First exhibited at London's V&A museum in 2013 as part of the London Design Festival, The Beauty and the Mastery now moves to the Museum für Angewandte Kunst Köln (MAKK) in Germany and will be open from January 19 to April 3, 2016.
The display will chart the evolution of Alessi's 'Italian Design Factory' from the Bombé tea and coffee service first designed by Carlo Alessi in 1945, through to the likes of the 2012 Dressed collection by Marcel Wanders.

"I consider Alessi a good example of the 'Italian Design Factories' phenomenon, but I insist on the fact that we are more than an industry in the conventional sense. We are instead a research workshop in the field of applied arts whose inherent attitude, even though we rely on contemporary industrial technology, is still rooted in handicraft culture," says Alberto Alessi.

The exhibition uses sketched artwork, prototypes, finished products and seven short films to offer a rare insight into the phases of the production and design process. Bringing to life the untold stories of how some of Alessi's most iconic and emblematic products were created, the exhibition will reveal how every object is a small but ingenious adventure of creativity and technology that is still influenced by the methods of traditional craftsmen.

Pieces in the exhibition will include: the 9090 espresso coffee maker by Richard Sapper (1979), the 9093 kettle by Michael Graves (1985), the 90018 Neapolitan coffee maker by Ricccardo Dalisi (1987), the Babyboop vase by Ron Arad (2002), the Dressed collection by Marcel Wanders (2012) and the centrepiece Kaleidos by Naoko Shintani (2015).

'Household Goods Factory', a short film by the Turkish artist Ali Kazma, will complete the exhbition. In the past few years Kazma has been exploring human activity as it relates to production, creation and maintenance: including craftsmanship, small production and large assembly. 'Household Goods Factory' was made after Kamza's artist residency at Alessi in Omegna, Italy and is one part of 'Obstructions', a complete video project.

The exhibition will be open to the public from 19th January to 3rd April 2016 and Radio Days will be open until 5th June 2016.




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