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Exhibition: Enzo Mari

Location

Design Museum,

224-238 Kensington High Street, London,
W8 6AG

Dates

This exhibition runs from Fri, 29th Mar 2024 to Sun, 8th Sep 2024.

Forthcoming dates:

Fri,
19th Apr 2024  
(10am - 6pm)
Sat,
20th Apr 2024  
(10am - 9pm)
Sun,
21st Apr 2024  
(10am - 6pm)
Mon,
22nd Apr 2024  
(10am - 5pm)
Tue,
23rd Apr 2024  
(10am - 5pm)
Wed,
24th Apr 2024  
(10am - 5pm)
Thu,
25th Apr 2024  
(10am - 5pm)

Cost: £20

Description

This exhibition celebrates the life and work of one of the greatest Italian designers of the 20th century, Enzo Mari, whose designs have inspired generations of creatives around the world.

The exhibition is coming to the UK after debuting at Triennale Milano in 2020, just before Mari’s death, aged 88. He is remembered as a “giant” of Italian design and a figure whose life and work has inspired generations of creatives around the world.

The vast array of works that visitors will see spans the spheres of art, design, exhibition and graphic design. Hundreds of Mari’s projects will be examined, ranging from furniture to conceptual installation-based works, and from product design to graphics. Also on show will be his children's books and games, which were an important aspect of Mari’s output as in his vast creative field, he considered the needs of children just as important as those of adults.

Archival material throughout the show will provide greater insight into Mari’s research process, and the key principles that guided and unified his work.

During his long career, many of Mari’s timeless designs went on to fill homes across the globe, as they continue to do to this day. They include his ‘Nature Series’ prints of apples and pears, perpetual calendars in injection moulded plastic, and timeless furniture and kitchenware.

Known for his uncompromising beliefs and subversive opinions, Mari has been described as ‘design’s conscience’. His stance was one of activism, calling for a greater social responsibility in design, and access to knowledge. His durable, low-cost and multifunctional objects speak to these beliefs, as do his broader installation-based works.

In a first for the Design Museum, this major exhibition will be accompanied by an additional free display on the museum’s balcony, allowing all visitors to be able to discover Mari’s enduring influence. Thirteen London-based, contemporary designers will display select pieces of their work which demonstrate how Mari’s thinking or his legacy has inspired their practice.

(photo - 16 animals. Wood.1957.Danese Milano. Photo Federico Villa / Design Museum)

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This exhibition runs from Fri, 29th Mar 2024 to Sun, 8th Sep 2024

This event runs over several days/weeks. Dates include:

April 2024

May 2024

June 2024

July 2024

August 2024

September 2024

Location

Design Museum,

224-238 Kensington High Street, London,
W8 6AG

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