1+1+1 2019

Andrea Branzi + Chiaki Maki + Andrea Mastrovito
A project by Elena Quarestani with Marco Sammicheli

1+1+1 2019

Andrea Branzi + Chiaki Maki + Andrea Mastrovito
A project by Elena Quarestani with Marco Sammicheli

OPENING HOURS

OPENING MONDAY, APRIL 1, 2019
FROM 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
with a double performance at 7:00 and 10:00 pm

from April 3 to May 5
Wednesday to Saturday from 15:00 to 19:00 and by appointment

Special opening hours for MiArt and Salone del Mobile:
Sunday, April 7, from 3:00 to 7:00 pm
Tuesday 9 to Sunday 14 April, 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

Guided tours calendar:
Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 March, at 4:00 pm, 5:00 pm, 6:00 pm
Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 March, at 4:00 pm, 5:00 pm, 6:00 pm

Info & booking: info@assab-one.org

The third edition of 1+1+1, the exhibition format conceived by Elena Quarestani with Marco Sammicheli, returns to investigating the relationship between art, architecture and design through the work of three practitioners. An architect, a textile designer and an artist were all invited to create installations and site-specific works in the evocative spaces of Assab One.

Press Release

1+1+1 2019
ANDREA BRANZI + CHIAKI MAKI + ANDREA MASTROVITO

A project by Elena Quarestani with Marco Sammicheli

Opening monday, April 1, 2019 – from 6:00 to 10:00
with double performance at 7:00 pm and 10:00 pm

 

The third edition of 1+1+1, the exhibition format conceived by Elena Quarestani with Marco Sammicheli, returns to investigating the relationship between art, architecture and design through the work of three practitioners. An architect, a textile designer and an artist were all invited to create installations and site-specific works in the evocative spaces of Assab One.

Andrea Branzi, architect, protagonist of the Radical movement and of the New Italian design, was recently celebrated at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Stockholm with the prestigious Rolf Schock award in the Visual Arts 2018 for his long and meaningful involvement in the debate about cities, architecture and design. As a contemporary humanist, in this exhibition Branzi reflects on an arcane and contemporary art, more precisely Latin art, paying tribute to a Pompeii that has remained “intact” in its most intimate and poetic dimension, the domestic one. The title of his exhibition is La Metropoli Latina. He lives in Milan.

Chiaki Maki, textile designer, trained at universities in both Japan and the United States, after which she traveled to many countries around the world in search of the roots of weaving. In her workshop on the slopes of the Himalayas, conceived together with Bijoy Jain (founder of Studio Mumbai), every square centimeter has been touched by the hand of man. There, through strictly natural processes, she makes precious yarns that she then composes, creating pictorial textiles. Her work is characterised by natural pigments, as well as the reaction of colours to light and matter. The combination of her artistic vein with traditional craftsmanship and the resources of nature inspired the exhibition’s title The Alchemy of Weaving. She lives and works in both Tokyo and Dehradun. This is her first exhibition in Italy.

Andrea Mastrovito, artist, expresses himself with equal amounts of creative energy using a variety of means, from drawing, to installation, to video. For this exhibition, Mastrovito pays homage with a monumental work to the production of the well-known Milan-based company – GEA – which had its headquarters in the spaces of Assab One. It is a kind of loving restoration/mending of the floor of the former factory, rebuilt today with a camouflage fabric of over thousands of puzzle pieces made from green book covers, collected thanks to the participation of friends and residents of the neighborhood. The title of his exhibition is BABEL. He lives and works between New York and Bergamo. This is his third exhibition at Assab One.

The three exhibitions will be open from April 1 to May 5 and will be accompanied by a calendar of events, special opening hours and guided tours.

 

Thanks to:

the Friedman Benda gallery for the support of Andrea Branzi’s La Metropoli Latina, the Mondadori Foundation, Touring Club Milano and all those who participated in the production of the work of Andrea Mastrovito with the collection of books with a green cover.

Anna Aiolfi, Filippo Cristini, Noemi Ferrari, Luciano Finazzi, Vincenzo Furfaro, Mafalda Galessi, Giuseppe Laverde, Anastasia Shalasheva, for having assisted Andrea Mastrovito in the installation of the work.

Biographies

Andrea Branzi

Andrea Branzi, architect and designer, was born in Florence, where he graduated from university; he has lived and worked in Milan since 1974. He deals with industrial and experimental design, architecture, urban planning, teaching and cultural promotion. He is the author of many books on history and design theory, published in several countries; in the last few years, important monographs on his work have been published. Until graduating in 1966, he was part of the avant-garde movement of “Radical Architecture”. In 1982, he co-founded and directed Domus Academy, the first post-graduate design school in Italy. As a Full Professor, he has been President of the Course of Studies in Interior Design at the Faculty of Design of the Milan Polytechnic. He has won three Compasso d’Oro awards, one of which for his career. In 2008, he received the Laurea Honoris Causa in Design from the Sapienza University of Rome and in the same year he was appointed Honorary Member of the Royal Design for Industry in London. In 2017, the Georges Pompidou Center in Paris dedicated a permanent room to its work. In 2018, the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Stockholm awarded him the Rolf Schock Prize for the Visual Arts.

 

Chiaki Maki

Chiaki Maki, textile designer, lives and works in both India and Japan. After graduating from the Musashino Art University, she continued her studies at the Rhode Island School of Design. From there, she began her research in several countries where the practice of weaving is part of the local population’s daily life.

After years spent in India producing original hand-woven fabrics, Chiaki, together with Bijoy Jain, founder of Studio Mumbai, created the Ganga Maki textile studio, an extraordinary laboratory high in the foothills of the Himalayas. In this special place, where every built square centimeter was touched by the hand of a man or a woman, she extended her practice to the entire production cycle, allowing her creative streak to flourish. Here, before arriving at the loom, every phase, from the cultivation of fibers and natural pigments to the production of yarns, is carried out with natural procedures, following the rhythm of the seasons, to create colours, yarns and compositions of exceptional uniqueness.

 

Andrea Mastrovito

Born in Bergamo in 1978, Mastrovito has lived in New York for years. In 2007 he won the New York Prize, awarded by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in 2012 the Moroso Prize and in 2016 the Ermanno Casoli Prize. His work has been exhibited in major national and international museums, from MAXXI in Rome to the Museo Novecento in Florence, from MART in Rovereto to the Museo Pecci in Prato, from BPS 22 in Charleroi to the Manchester Art Gallery, from MUDAC in Lausanne to the Laznia Center in Gdansk, from the Kunsthalle Osnabruck to the Belvedere 21 in Vienna, from the Museo del Novecento in Milan to the Gamec in Bergamo, to the Queens Museum, to the Magazzino Italian Art and to the Museum of Arts and Design in New York.

  • Andrea Branzi, Wall 1, 2014
  • Andrea Branzi, Wall 2, 2014. Friedman-Benda collection.
  • Andrea Branzi, Wall 2, 2014
  • Andrea Branzi, Wall 4, 2014. Friedman-Benda collection
  • Andrea Branzi, Maquette Domus 1, 2015. Studio Andrea Branzi
  • Andrea Branzi, Maquette Domus 5, 2015. Studio Andrea Branzi
  • Andrea Branzi, Maquette Domus 3, 2015. Studio Andrea Branzi
  • Artistic process of fabric processing, Chiaki Maki
  • Artistic process of fabric processing, Chiaki Maki
  • Artistic process of fabric processing, Chiaki Maki
  • Chiaki Maki, 2019. Photo by Roberto Marossi
  • Chiaki Maki, 2019. Photo by Roberto Marossi
  • Chiaki Maki, 2019. Photo by Roberto Marossi
  • Chiaki Maki, 2019. Photo by Roberto Marossi
  • BABEL, 2019. Work in progress. Andrea Mastrovito
  • BABEL, 2019. Work in progress. Andrea Mastrovito
  • BABEL, 2019. Work in progress. Andrea Mastrovito
  • BABEL, 2019. Work in progress. Andrea Mastrovito

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