Taking place at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome, the exhibition Una dolce vita? Dal Liberty al design italiano, 1900-1940 is dedicated to early 20th century Italian design.
The exhibition, which ran until last September at the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, explores the first four decades of Italian design in the 20th century, a period of intense artistic and cultural development. During this period the decorative arts became an expression of the strong desire for progress as well as experimentation.
The start of the 1900s saw the creation of what was called, and recognised around the world as, the Italian style: the result of bold collaborations between the most important artists of the era and cabinetmakers, master glassmakers and potters. It was out of this cultural and artistic vitality that the first masterpieces of modern design were born.
In exploring this intense period the exhibition presents a chronological journey through over one hundred works, including the Bilia lamp, designed by Gio Ponti in 1931: a sphere of light, a luminous ball in magical equilibrium on a conical metal base. The lamp was ahead of its time, timeless in its geometric simplicity.
The exhibition will run at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome on Via Nazionale until 17th January 2016.
Una dolce vita? Dal Liberty al design italiano. 1900-1940
Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome
16 October 2015 - 17 January 2016