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Builders Tomorrow: Imagine the future between Design and Arts

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The 12th edition of the "National Art Prize 2016-17 - Design Section," entitled Future is Design, presents the significant exhibition "BUILDERS OF TOMORROW - Imagine the Future between Design and Arts" at the MIC - International Museum of Ceramics in Faenza from September 28 to October 25, 2017. The exhibition is curated by Giovanna Cassese, president, and Marinella Paderni, director, of the ISIA Institute of Faenza as well as the creators and organizers of this latest edition of the prize. Future of Design aims to explore the profitable collaboration between art and design in line with the needs of the new millennium, which are increasingly more oriented towards the production of objects and systems such as aesthetic and ethical experiences in the world.

At a distance of one century after the revolutionary times of Dadaism, Bauhaus and Russian Constructivism, through Marcel Duchamp and Walter Gropius, the culture of design, then as now, intends to integrate the freedom of imagination and art experimentation with technological knowledge, social-anthropological awareness and innovation of design. The same inventiveness and commitment of the past resonates in today's work of artists and designers, who are intent on interacting to build a world that is increasingly attentive to humankind and its story.

The real theme of the “Future is Design” exhibit is to push beyond any boundaries between art and design in order to achieve a constructive dialogue between the product culture and the culture of creativity, in view of a new aesthetic.

Builders of Tomorrow presents a selection of rare works by renowned contemporary artists and designers. Today's builders are rooted in the avant-garde arts of a century ago: artists, architects and designers among Dadaism, Bauhaus, De Stijl and Costructivism revolutionized ways of thinking about the arts and their role in society, envisioning an art that could apply to everyday life, an art that could have the ability to create shapes, objects, tools, experiences, and relationships, in a manner that changes our ways of living in the world and in cities, ultimately improving people's lives. How much more then, today, is the exchange of ideas, visions, practices, projects between artists and designers returning to be the modus operandi of a future vision that opens the boundaries of both disciplines to limitations, cross-fertilization, and reciprocal influences.

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It is then necessary to find and recapture those correspondences and assonances that constitute Italy's heritage in this sector, which resides in the DNA of "made in Italy", distinguishing us in the world by the production of the last fifty years. Today, we can find a point of departure from this legacy and from a new way of understanding design, starting with its relationship with craftsmanship, architecture, photography, and “the handmade” with a vision of a “design for all” from every point of view.

By creating environmental installations in which works of art dialogue with design production through a variety of styles and materials, including ceramics, the exhibition incorporates the work of some of the greatest historical and contemporary artists and designers:

Vito Acconci, Andrea Anastasio, Meris Angioletti, Salvatore Arancio, Rosalba Balsamo, Nanni Balestrini, Becky Beasly, Sonia Biacchi, Renata Boero, Gregorio Botta, Andrea Branzi, Chiara Camoni, Marc Camille Chaimowicz, Stefano Casciani, Tony Cragg, Matali Crasset, Enzo Cucchi, Riccardo Dalisi, Nathalie Du Pasquier, Formafantasma, Martino Gamper, Marco Gastini, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Piero Gilardi, Paolo Gonzato,

Konstantin Grcic, Sheila Hicks, Christian Holstad, Giulio Iacchetti, Emilio Isgrò, Ugo La Pietra, Claudia Losi , Ugo Marano, Anna Maria Maiolino, Franco Mello, Alessandro Mendini, Mathieu Mercier, Bruno Munari, Luigi Ontani, Giulio Paolini, Mimmo Paladino, Claudio Parmiggiani, Gaetano Pesce, Gianni Piacentino, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Andrea Sala, Denis Santachiara, Francesco Simeti, George Sowden, Sissi, Heim Steinback, Ettore Sottsass, Superstudio, Patricia Urquiola, Marcella Vanzo, Joe Velluto.

The exhibition will be displayed according to the conceptual and aesthetic aspects of the various works, highlighting the common influences, dialogues and visions of the latter period.

Open until October 25, 2017, the exhibition will be enriched by the contribution of a prestigious scientific panel which includes Giovanna Cassese, Marinella Paderni, Claudia Casali, Daniela Lotta and Irene Biolchini. In addition, the exhibition will be accompanied by an Italian / English bilingual catalog (192 pages), edited by Gangemi Editore, featuring the pictures of the MIC spaces and essays produced by the Scientific Committee.

Giulia Rigobello

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