Wunderkammer Panza di Biumo. “L’arte dei piccoli oggetti”


Venezia, Negozio Olivetti, from June 12 to October 27, 2019

Set up for the 58th edition of the Venice Biennale, the exhibition “Wunderkammer Panza di Biumo” features a series of small, intriguing objects gathered at the former store that Carlo Scarpa designed for Adriano Olivetti in 1958: scale models, instruments, mechanical inventions, and other rarities that Milanese art patron Giuseppe Panza di Biumo (1923-2010) collected, or received as gifts from the artists he held dearest.

Counting around 40 works, the exhibition reveals Giuseppe Panza’s special care for a number of artists who created small-sized pieces. Their art, the “art of small objects”, as he defined it, expresses an attitude centered on the intimate, private and individual sphere.

Embracing spaces, perfect geometries, a hectic attention to detail, and delicate light reflections on the marble and the Murano glass: this is how Scarpa’s architecture welcomes the small exhibited creations, displayed on stands originally hosting the Olivetti typewriters – all subtle, exclusive apparitions in a “wunderkammer”, a “hall of wonders”.

The exhibition set-up was planned by Scandurra Studio Architettura, Milan.
The exhibition catalog will be published by Skira.

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