kaufmann repetto milan
June 7th – September 17th 2022
Project by Cristina Miglio
with a scientific contribution by Sistemamanifesto
for Archivi Paola Besana
Museo Poldi Pezzoli, Milano
11/11/2021 – 07/03/2022
An exhibition dedicated to Federico Zeri (Rome, 12 August 1921 – Mentana, 5 October 1998),on the centenary of the great scholar’s birth.
Paola Besana (1935-2021) was one of the most important contemporary weavers.
Her collections are the result of some 60 years of research, travel and gifts; they consist mainly of textiles, weavings, and in general tools related to the world of textiles, but also curious objects, household utensils and souvenirs.
Paola Besana used to say that ‘collecting is like taking notes’ to remember, reflect, reason and plan something new.
Her collection is certainly one of the most important on textiles in the world in terms of variety.
This volume aims to analyse and recount the life of one of the most important textile artists and designers.
Besana took the best from her travels and training experiences abroad, where she came into contact with the great masters of textiles, but also with craftsmen in rural South American villages. Always finding a new way (“What else?” was her motto) to experiment with techniques and materials, Paola Besana with rigour and irony turned weaving into a ‘serious game’.
The book collects and analyses the author’s work, cataloguing it and proposing a critical reading key.
Studying Paola Besana, getting to know her method, her history, her obsession with textile objects from all over the world, her teaching methods, allows us to understand her lesson: to look at the world of design with new eyes.
The silkworm (Bombyx mori) is a lepidopteran that does not exist in the wild. 5,000 years of selective forces by man have modified some of its ancestors (Bombyx mandarina) to such an extent that we can define them as another species. The beginning of the relationship with these lepidopterans is due to man, who was able to realise the potential of the cocoon that the insect produced during its moult to transform into a butterfly. In the process of domestication, man learnt to use tools, controlled environments and codified gestures, to which the worm over time became dependent.
This volume is the result of our investigation of the carpet, that portion of the domestic space that moderates the hardness of architecture, making it cosy, mitigating the coldness of the floor and defining spaces and functions, without ever being cumbersome.
Often debased to an accessory presence in the home, we have tried here to re-evaluate it, dignified even though it is trodden on, deserving of attention despite occupying the lowest place in the house.
This volume aims to be an abacus of virtuous examples through which to reinvent a possible handbook of architecture, but starting from the soft.
The first part analyses which fabric elements live in our homes through case studies of designers and architects who have made fabric the focus of their projects; the research then continues by looking at the world of art, in particular those works that have softness as their field of investigation.
Graphic and photographic project for the launch of Pepa, a wireless wooden lamp designed by Francesco Faccin for Astep.
A conceptual research around the theme of Eros as a bubble.
A space and time in which to immerse and isolate oneself.
A definition that has seen its perfect transposition in the architectural form of the cloister.