Britt Moran and Emiliano Salci of DIMOREGALLERY have staged a cutting-edge, conceptual, ironic and highly impactful site-specific installation for Mazzoleni London this September. The unexpected and layered set up showcases extraordinary objects, design pieces and works of art from the Mazzoleni inventory.
The project coincides with the London Design Festival, 16–24 September 2017, and introduces a new series of exhibitions at Mazzoleni London entitled ‘Mazzoleni Invites’. Each year the gallery will invite creative practitioners from the fields of design, fashion or architecture to respond to its collection of Italian Modern and Post-War art. Britt and Emiliano have been inspired by Post-War Italian art for many years and ‘Mazzoleni Invites: DIMOREGALLERY | (UN)COMFORT ZONE’ follows previous collaborations between the art gallery and the design duo, on Fendi’s Palazzo Privé in Rome and on DIMORESTUDIO’s presentation at the 2017 Salone del Mobile.
For ‘(UN)COMFORT ZONE’ the Mazzoleni exhibition space has been reimagined to amaze and provoke: five rooms, hidden behind walls, capture the visitor’s eye, inviting observation through portholes with brass detailing. This voyeuristic act allows indiscreet peeping into inhabited, colour-redolent, plush interiors, where classic and contemporary intertwine to perfection. Theset-up mixes conventional and unexpected objects, as in a lived-in environment. It deliberately eschews orthodox categories, a typical trait of the duo’s creativity, and includes a range of artworks from across Mazzoleni’s inventory.
Works from Italian Post-War masters such as Getulio Alviani (b. 1939), Agostino Bonalumi (1935–2013), Alberto Burri (1915–1995), Dadamaino (1930–2004), Lucio Fontana (1899-1968) and Paolo Scheggi (1940-1971) appear alongside later works by artists including Fausto Melotti (1901–1986), Turi Simeti (b. 1929) and Michelangelo Pistoletto (b. 1933), as well as works by international artists, such as Victor Vasarely (1906–1997).