NEW YORK, June 19 — The Italian architect and designer Ettore Sottsass would have turned 100 in 2017. Several exhibitions are being held to celebrate the centenary of Ettore Sottsass’s birth and to pay tribute to the designer, famous for creating iconic Olivetti typewriters and founding the Memphis design movement in the 1980s.
‘Ettore Sottsass: The Glass’ — until July 30, 2017, Le Stanze del Vetro on the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice
For the centenary of the Memphis founder, Le Stanze del Vetro (a joint venture between the Cini Foundation and Pentagram Stiftung) is celebrating Ettore Sottsass’s work in glass and crystal. The exhibition features more than 200 works, many of which are on public display for the first time. It is the first exhibition dedicated entirely to this facet of the designer’s work.
‘Ettore Sottsass. Rebel and Poet’ — July 14 to September 24, 2017, Vitra Design Museum, Vitra Schaudepot, Weil am Rhein (Germany)
Ettore Sottsass rose to prominence with designs such as the legendary “Valentine” typewriter for Olivetti (1969), but also as leader of the Memphis Group, a creative collective whose work revolutionized the world of design in the 1980s. The Vitra Design Museum’s exhibition highlights the multifaceted talents of the designer, who did not see form and function as constraints, but as an opportunity to pose existential questions and explore the nature of human existence.
‘Ettore Sottsass, Design Radical’ — July 21 to October 8, 2017, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
The New York Met is celebrating the Ettore Sottsass centenary with a retrospective of key works in various media, from architectural drawings to furniture, machines, ceramics, glass, jewellery, photographs and paintings. The works will be presented along with ancient and contemporary objects that influenced his work. — AFP-Relaxnews