Marcello Morandini

Curated by Marignana Arte

Adhering to the Collateral Project agenda of the Venice Design Biennial and curated by Marignana Arte, this show presented the work by the 20th-century architect Marcello Morandini who, soon after graduating from the Accademia di Brera, played with the dialogue between art, architecture and design throughout his career.

Strongly influenced by the radical groups of the 60s, Morandini developed a hybrid language between Minimalism and the Op-Art. In his work he applied optical visual effects to architectures and sculptures. Germano Celant curated his first three-dimensional works in the 60s in a solo show in Genova. From then on he has exhibited at the 9th Sao Paolo Biennial, at the 34th Venice Biennale and at Documenta 6 in Kassel.

Architetture d’Arte proposed a crossover between various disciplines.

These works express themselves by playing with complex and balanced mathematical ratios, based on the concepts of space, geometry and volume in an elegant black and white alternation. According to his testimony, his primary interests unfolded upon physical ideas of tension, torsion, expansion and overlapping that he tried out on geometrical units. The resulting works build patterns that could be multiplied endlessly.

Ph. Cristina Galliena Bohman