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A Castiglioni

6 OCT 2018 - 20 JAN 2019

10 Euro
Tuesday - Sunday
10.30 am - 8.30 pm
Palazzo della Triennale
A major monographic exhibition dedicated to Achille Castiglioni on the occasion of the centenary of his birth

La Triennale di Milano is dedicating a major monographic exhibition to Achille Castiglioni (1918-2002), one of the most important masters of Italian design, curated by Patricia Urquiola in collaboration with Federica Sala. The exhibition celebrates the centenary of his birth, and analyses his work across the board, ranging from design to architecture, to display installations and exhibitions.

Curation and exhibition design are entrusted to Patricia Urquiola, an architect and designer who not only made her first steps together with Castiglioni (she graduated with him at the Politecnico University of Milan in 1989), but also managed to take up his legacy and ability to surprise through design.

Achille Castiglioni was undoubtedly one of the founding fathers of the profession and of the Italian design system. Castiglioni’s approach is simple and direct but with a wealth of inquisitiveness and irony, and it became the method he used to train later generations of designers.

Achille Castiglioni designed over 400 temporary display installations for exhibitions and fairs and worked with countless companies in the sector, including Alessi, Brionvega, B&B Italia, BBB Bonacina, Cimbali, Danese, Driade, De Padova, Flos – for which he worked as a designer from the moment the company was founded – Cassina, Moroso, Knoll International, Kartell, and Zanotta.

Until 1968, he designed his items in collaboration with his brothers Livio and, especially, Pier Giacomo. Most of them are still in production today and are among their manufacturers’ bestselling products. They take inspiration from the everyday world and transform it into something new, adopting a wry approach to the relationship between form and function

To give a clear picture of this highly active and, in a sense, timeless figure, it has been decided not to adopt a chronological or schematic approach but to show his work by means of a series of often overlapping and intersecting aggregates of content. The idea is thus to create a map of recurrent macro and micro concepts in his designs, in a non-hierarchic, non-linear, ramified manner.

The designs are thus grouped in twenty clusters and placed in relation to each other, in order to illustrate Castiglioni’s approach to design and the method he adopted in his work: from product design through to large-scale architecture, by way of the many display designs that were emblematic of his professional career.


Curated by
Patricia Urquiola

In collaboration with
Federica Sala

Exhibition Design
Patricia Urquiola

Graphic Design
Dallas (Francesco Valtolina & Kevin Pedron)

Cover photo
Chris Moyse
Artwork Dallas


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