December 16, 2012
SUNDAY FROM MY DESK
This innovation in ideas motivated the art and design of the times, and has given us some of the most enduring and challenging designs in fashion, architecture and lifestyle. One still gratefully admires their beauty and intelligence.
Here, a picture puzzle by famed photographer Steven Meisel . A limited edition of 1,000 signed and numbered pieces, this is the only “book” he has done to date. Also made of many small fragments that unite to create art greater than the sum of the pieces.
Arthur Lasenby Liberty ,the merchant who founded Liberty London, also opened a bazaar in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele in 1904 and his style would become the bridge between Aestheticism and Modernism. Sometimes called Art Nouveau, in Italy it became known as Liberty. Architects like Guiseppe Sommaruga, Alfredo Campanini and Giovanni Battista Bossi built remarkable buildings in this style, filling the area around Porta Venezia, especially via Malphighi with façade mosaics and tiles that are astonishing. Mosaics as an art is not fashionable right now. A pity as the works of Klimt or Gaudi and the tiles of these buildings are still daring and brilliant. Be careful you do not forget to watch how you walk as you are looking up!
Isolated on the island of Capri, Casa Malaparte is the crown jewel showing all the ideas that nurtured and sustained Italian modernism. Built in 1942, Curzio Malaparte fired his architect Adalberto Libera, and built his own vision with the assistance of a local stonemason.It is best seen by sea or in Godard’s movie, “Contempt”, made in 1963, another time of radical ideas expressing through architecture.
Here, some of the wonderful mosaics done for the Milano Central Station in 1931 by the Venetian artist Padoan. Impossible to see for many years, but now with the new renovation almost complete they are available and well worth the visit to see this Neoclassical revival kissed with functional Modernism. Bring your binoculars for serious students of tile, many are extremely high up the walls.
In the new gallery shop we have bunches of freshly made flowers, all painted individually in vivid colors to welcome Winter and Christmas week.