From 16 July to 14 August 2021, the Novalis Contemporary Art Design Gallery in Hong Kong will host the exhibition ‘Ettore Sottsass & Shiro Kuramata’, curated by Seiki Mori/United Voice.
Supported by Italian Cultural Institute of Hong Kong and the Consulate General of Japan in Hong Kong, the exhibition examines the extraordinary friendship between the master of Italian design Ettore Sottsass and the Japanese designer Shiro Kuramata, during their period of collaboration and friendship within the Memphis Group.
If there is a reason for the existence of design, it is that it succeeds in giving – or restoring – this sacred role to tools and things through which […] people enter the sphere of ritual, that is, of life – Ettore Sottsass.
Despite differences in modes of expression, the work of the two artists finds common ground in the recognition that design should not only be a question of creating functional objects, but also of reminding people of the joy of living.
The purpose of design should not just be about whether something is or is not practical. Enchantment should also be considered to be one of its purposes – Shiro Kuramata.
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