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Alighiero E Boetti
Oltre Il Libro / Beyond Books

Beyond Books is the first publication to focus on the books and printed matter of Alighiero Boetti (1940-94), including his artist’s books, posters, exhibition invitations and work emerging from his long association with the newspaper Il Manifesto. Printed matter, text and language were critical for the artist, an important Italian conceptual artist and key member of the Arte Povera movement, who believed “if you really want something, get it down in writing.” A pioneer of the artist’s book, Boetti used the particularities of the format to penetrate beyond surface appearances–for example in his legendary 1977 book Classifying the Thousand Longest Rivers in the World, which lists the world’s longest rivers and their lengths in a deadpan attempt to order the disorderly natural world. This volume explores the development of a new concept of the book in Boetti’s oeuvre, where reading and looking become part of the same aesthetic experience.

With contributions by Giacomo Corna Pellegrini, Arianna di Genova, Roberto Giunti, Maria Vittoria Marini Clarelli, Annemarie Sauzeau, Fabrizio Scrivano, and edited by Giorgio Maffei and Maura Picciauall, texts in English and Italian. 320 pages heavily illustrated with colour and some b/w illustations, plus bibliography and section on Boetti’s artist invitation cards.
A very in-depth, historical and beautifully designed publication, published in 2011 by Corraini of Milan. This is the first edition.

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Ugo La Pietra
Disequilibrating Design

This book is the first major monograph on unorthodox Italian designer Ugo La Pietra. A humanist and eclectic designer, an architect by training, artist, filmmaker (and actor), editor, musician, cartoonist and teacher, La Pietra successfully identified new relationships between design and crafts, the culture of ‘making’ and design.

Born in 1938, in Bussi sul Tirino, Italy, Ugo La Pietra lives and works in Milan. The 1960s and 1970s were a period of intense experimental activity for him during which he made significant contributions to radical design. His work attempts to clarify the relationship of “individual-environment.” Within the framework of this process he develops knowledge tools (“models for understanding”) that seek to transform the traditional “work-viewer” relationship. In the 1960s he explored the theme of the synesthésie des arts and during this period proposed urban interventions designed in rapport with the artworks of various artists (Fontana, Azuma…).

In 1967, he began his research on the theory of the “Unbalancing System” (“Sistema desequilibrante”) (1967-1972), which involves an attempt to intervene on physical space and territory, through symbolic actions, utilizing the image as a revelatory tool. In 1971, he designed urban audiovisual tools for “Trigon 1971” in Graz, Austria. He directed the film “La Grande Occasione” in 1972. He was a founding member of the “Global Tools” group (1973), an alternative school of architecture and design… In 1974, he organized the first exhibition of radical design, “Gli abiti dell’imperatore”, in Milan, Belgrade and Graz. A year later he won first prize at the Nancy Architectural Film Festival. U. La Pietra has organized many exhibitions: for the International Center of Brera in Milan (1975-1979), the Milan Triennale (since 1968), the Venice Biennale, and the “Abitare il tempo” events in Verona (1986-1997)…

His work was featured in the landmark exhibition “Italy: The new domestic landscape,” MOMA, 1972, and in the Venice Biennale, 1970 and 1978, and Milan Triennale, 1972, amongst countless others.

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Ugo La Pietra
Urban furniture for society

Ugo La Pietra has been closely involved in street design since the Sixties. Many projects have inspired him but the most common has been how to overcome the barriers between public realm and the private. Starting from the concept Living is being at home everywhere La Pietra uses his studies on objects found in Milan, their analysis and reconversion into domestic objects to light heartedly illustrate the huge difference between our private space (which we fill with comfortable pieces of furniture to express our identity) and public space (characterized only by objects and tools that suggest violence and separation). Urban furniture for society is an illustrated book showing how Ugo La Pietra transforms street furniture into domestic furniture. With an introduction by Ugo La Pietra, Giacinto Di Pietrantonio and Riccardo Zelatore.

Born in 1938, in Bussi sul Tirino, Italy, Ugo La Pietra lives and works in Milan.
The 1960s and 1970s were a period of intense experimental activity for him during which he made significant contributions to radical design. His work attempts to clarify the relationship of “individual-environment.” Within the framework of this process he develops knowledge tools (“models for understanding”) that seek to transform the traditional “work-viewer” relationship. In the 1960s he explored the theme of the synesthésie des arts and during this period proposed urban interventions designed in rapport with the artworks of various artists (Fontana, Azuma…).

In 1967, he began his research on the theory of the “Unbalancing System” (“Sistema desequilibrante”) (1967-1972), which involves an attempt to intervene on physical space and territory, through symbolic actions, utilizing the image as a revelatory tool. In 1971, he designed urban audiovisual tools for “Trigon 1971” in Graz, Austria. He directed the film “La Grande Occasione” in 1972. He was a founding member of the “Global Tools” group (1973), an alternative school of architecture and design… In 1974, he organized the first exhibition of radical design, “Gli abiti dell’imperatore”, in Milan, Belgrade and Graz. A year later he won first prize at the Nancy Architectural Film Festival. U. La Pietra has organized many exhibitions: for the International Center of Brera in Milan (1975-1979), the Milan Triennale (since 1968), the Venice Biennale, and the “Abitare il tempo” events in Verona (1986-1997)…

His work was featured in the landmark exhibition “Italy: The new domestic landscape,” MOMA, 1972, and in the Venice Biennale, 1970 and 1978, and Milan Triennale, 1972, amongst countless others.

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MENDINI
Alessandro Mendini, Beppe Finessi

Alessandro Mendini (Milan, 1931) is one of the few protagonists of the international scene of architecture, art and design who designed in every possible size. Walter Gropius’s renowned statement identifies the architect’s field “from spoon to city”: during his career Mendini faced projects “from the infinitesimal to the infinite”.

The book dedicated to Alessandro Mendini published by Corraini is a non-stop stream of images and occasions among the renowned Milanese architect’s works and philosophy.
Designing horizons, rooms, bodies and thoughts are the four moments of a personal and evocative course through Mendini’s works: from urban landscape to interior furnishing, to body accessories, to his activity as architecture and design theorist, Mendini is a protagonist of a personal and aesthetic approach to the project. His design is famous for its emotional and individual character, as well as for the greater importance given to psychological and sensory influences rather than rational contents. In fact, his projects have often been associated with definitions such as “visual poetry”, “fairy and baroque design”, and “labyrinth expansion of spaces and sensations”.

In this book, the images are accompanied by texts by Beppe Finessi (architect, professor at the Design and Architecture Faculty of the Politecnico University in Milan) and Alessandro Mendini himself, in which he describes his very experience of designing. A short biography and bibliography about Mendini complete the book.

Book design is curated by Italo Lupi (formerly art-director at Domus and director of Abitare, awarded the Compasso d’Oro and Royal Designer in London): the small dimensions, the cloth coated cover and the clear and brilliant layout make this book a sort of evocative and precious compendium of Mendini’s works.

The exhibition “Alessandro Mendini dall’infinitesimo all’infinito”, promoted by the City of Rome, Assessorato alle Politiche Culturali e della Comunicazione, Sovraintendenza ai Beni Culturali and Zètema Progetto Cultura, is on display at the Ara Pacis Museum in Rome from April 9th to September 6th 2009. The exhibition is curated by Beppe Finessi, interior design by Marco Ferreri and visual layout by Italo Lupi.

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