In honor of Milan’s 2016 Design Week, the Bagatti Valsecchi Museum hosts the exhibit entitled, “Parallel Worlds, by Gwenael Nicolas, Studio Curiosity.”.
The exhibit, open free-of-charge every day from 10 A.M. to 7 P.M., presents a new concept the redefines the value and significance of the objects that we commonly call “furniture.” ‘Parallel Worlds’ first of all reveals spaces full of abstract sculptures, really and truly monoliths that are, at the same time, intimate and unexpected. They transform themselves into functional furniture: couches, consoles and tables that re-occupy the rooms, first as mysterious objects, then defining the use of the space, such as found in the dining room.
The transformation happens also thanks to the change in lighting. The entire set-up reveals itself and transforms itself thanks to a lighting system created by Barbara Balestrieri, in collaboration with Flos, using special lights based on the concept of “visible vs. invisible.” All the objects in the exhibit were realized with textures and surfaces crated just for this exhibit by the Japanese-Italian artist. The idea to create furniture and, at the same time, objects with the same apparent typology evolved out of a reflection on the existence of the object itself: ‘Thinking of our future, or beginning to imagine it, can an object continue to exist, if its function is irrelevant?’ This is the question that the designer and exhibit’s creator, Gwenael Nicolas, posed to himself.
The rooms of the Bagatti Valsecchi historic house museum evoke the Renaissance, a period in which fundamental artisti, cultural and mentality changes took place, so they are perfect places for the “Parallel Worlds” exhibition: past, present and future all co-exist in unique rooms here in the center of Milan.
Didactic material is available in English and Italian.
CURIOSITY MONDE PARALLELE. Installazione di Gwenael Nicolas, Studio Curiosity
Days: April 12 to 17, 2016
Times: 10:00 – 19:00
Bagatti Valsecchi Museum
Via Gesù 5, Milano