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Beauty & Pragmatism
Pragmatism & Beauty

2 APR - 12 SEP 2016

Palazzo della Permanente
During the XXI Triennale di Milano, will present an exhibition which will look at two facets of Polish design: aesthetics and functionality. Are these qualities equally important? Or is one more important than the other? Beauty or pragmatism? Pragmatism or beauty? You decide!

Contemporary designers are burdened with an enormous responsibility: their task is to furnish our homes, help create our surroundings, design the world we live in. Their designs and their decisions affect our quality of life. Although it’s not something we put much thought into, everything that surrounds us has been designed – from the mirror we look at in the morning while brushing our teeth, through the chair we sit on at work, to the lamp on our bedside table, which we switch off before drifting to sleep. These are, without a doubt, useful things – objects of everyday use. And most often, they are also objects we have chosen for their aesthetic value we like them, and them pretty, and want to have them around. Functional and beautiful, beautiful and functional. Is there something to this pairing? What are the interdependent cites between beauty and functionality? Is usefulness a source of beauty, or vice versa? Can we still talk about design in terms of form and function?

These are the questions we hope to answer in the exhibition Beauty & Pragmatism | Pragmatism & Beauty, curated by Magdalena Kochanowska, at the XXI Triennale International Exhibition 2016 in Milan.


Curated by
Magda Kochanowska

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