Enzo Mari Curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist with Francesca Giacomelli
Enzo Mari leaves us with an exhibition that documents his more than 60 years of activity. He is one of the main masters and theorists of Italian design.
The exhibition project is divided into a historical section and a series of contributions by international artists and designers – Adelita Husni-Bey, Tacita Dean, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Mimmo Jodice, Dozie Kanu, Adrian Paci, Barbara Stauffacher Solomon, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Danh Vo, Nanda Vigo, Virgil Abloh for the special mercahandising project – invited to pay tribute to Mari through site-specific installations and new works commissioned for the occasion. Nanda Vigo’s particular contribution is that in the unpublished work, conceived for the exhibition before her recent death, she reinterprets with light two of Mari’s most famous works: 16 animals and 16 fish. At the same time, 19 research platforms conceived for the exhibition at the Triennale present in-depth studies of 19 projects from which emerge the central themes in Mari’s practice and poetics. The exhibition is completed by a series of video interviews created by Hans Ulrich Obrist that testify to Mari’s constant ethical and political tension, his theoretical depth and his extraordinary ability to give shape to the essential.
Hans Ulrich Obrist with Francesca Giacomelli
Equipment: Paolo Ulian
Art Direction: Lorenzo Baroncelli
Catalog cover photo: Enzo Mari, La serie della Natura, n°1: La Mela, with Elio Mari, silkscreen print on texilina, Danese, Milano 1961