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The logic of approximation, in art and life

2 APR - 9 SEP 2016

Tuesday - Sunday
10.30 am - 6.30 pm
Palazzo della Permanente
"We live in a world of approximation, and we could say almost that our lives - and, even more, our art - would be impossible without approximation" - Gillo Dorfles

On the occasion of the XXI Triennale di Milano International Exposition, Palazzo della Permanente houses the exhibition named The logic of approximation, in art and life.  

Approximation as the starting point for various forms of expression, from the visual arts to design, architecture, fashion, music and literature, all the way through to cooking: works and objects that have always been part of our daily existence will be put on display. Designed by Blumer, the exhibition will be a multisensory experience, taking us on a sort of journey into the heart of the approximation with which we interact every day. With a series of works, ranging from Mondrian to everyday objects such as a coffeepot, but also an original score by John Cage, it will focus on the tension between the ideal perfection of thought and the need to be in the physical world, in which and with which we design our system of objects. In other words, our culture. Science and design have always worked under the banner of approximation, for as Alexandre Koyrè writes: “all the machines of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, which brought about the scientific revolution, were designed and built on a hit-or-miss basis.” Today more than ever, the “logic of approximation” makes it possible for everyday objects – but also new art forms – to evolve. Imperfection lays the foundations for an infinite pursuit of “perfection” in the future: the aesthetics of things has always been based on this principle, for it puts the decisive role of the person at the centre of all things.


Curated by
Aldo Colonetti
Gillo Dorfles

Anna Santi

Exhibition design
Riccardo Blumer
Matteo Borghi
Claudia Broggi
Tommaso Alessandrini

Graphic design
Giulia Dolci


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