Viva Italian design!

Milan honours native hero Gi? Ponti

Editorial Staff
May 5, 2011

Both opening on May 6, two exhibits in Milan will celebrate one of Italy's most acclaimed twentieth-century architects and designers, Giò Ponti (1891-1979).


The Giò Ponti exhibition in the Ponti-designed Pirelli Tower, today seat of the Lombardy Region, marks the 50th anniversary of the important landmark, a symbol of the modern age and Italy's first skyscraper. Also celebrating the Milan native's innovative work in decorative ceramics, the Pirelli Tower exhibition, Giò Ponti: The Charm of Ceramics, displays a selection of the architect's ceramic designs made for Richard-Ginori from 1923 to 1930, when he was artistic director of the historic Florentine ceramics maker.


Among the items on display are urns, vases and Richard-Ginori's famed ceramics series designed by Ponti: the Classical Conversation, My Women, and La Veneratoria.


The second show, at the Triennale Museum in Milan's Sempione Park, called Expressions of Giò Ponti, displays over 250 works made during the architect and designer's 70-year career. From the 1920s to the 1970s, Ponti raised the standards of Italian design and excellence in architecture worldwide. The show displays sketches, models, paintings, sculptures and ceramics of many of Ponti's most acclaimed artistic, artisanal and industrial designs and products.


A section of the exhibit is devoted to Ponti's work in Milan, with models and designs of the first offices of Montecatini (1936-1938), the Pirelli Tower (1956-1961), and the church planned for the San Carlo hospital (1961-1965). These designs are flanked by Ponti's work in Italy and throughout the world, especially in the United States, such as his design of the auditorium of the Time & Life Building in New York (1959), the Denver Art Museum (1971), and the Los Angeles Cathedral.

The Triennale show concludes with a selection of films on Ponti's work and interviews with the designer and architect.


Giò Ponti. Il fascino della ceramica.

Palazzo Pirelli, Milan

May 6 to July 24, 2011

Free entrance, tel. 0541/787681


Espressioni di Gio Ponti

Triennale di Milano, Milan

May 6 to July 24, 2011



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