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Salone Del Mobile 2019: The Art Side of Kartell - Salone Del Mobile 2019: The Art Side of Kartell    In 2019, Kartell will celebrate its seventieth anniversary with “The art side of Kartell”, an exhibition conceived by Ferruccio Laviani, the event’s co-curator alongside Rita Selvaggio.

Hosted in the prestigious halls of the Appartamento dei Principi in Milan’s Palazzo Reale, the exhibition will be open to the public from 10 April to 12 May 2019 and is promoted by the Comune di Milano-Cultura, Palazzo Reale and Kartell. Throughout its history, Kartell, a leading company in the world of “living culture”, has focused its attention on the topic of research, innovation, and the evolutionary processes of technology. Quality, design and industrial products have distinguished its progress over time, starting from functional objects for domestic use which revolutionised the history of post-WWII design, through to the creation of the most sophisticated products which team manufacturing technology with innovative materials.

It is no coincidence that this extensive history is played out in the Appartmento dei Principi in Milan’s Palazzo Reale, a superb specimen of a 19th century royal residence. Designed by the court’s architect Giacomo Tazzini and decorated by many skilled craftsmen, painters and ornamentalists, the apartment constitutes an outstanding example of the “Restoration” style which originated directly in Vienna and inaugurated the “bourgeois” style of living. It is in this series of halls that “The art side of Kartell” narrates the evolutions of the language of art and the contemporary and specular evolution of Kartell designs. This immersive and vibrant exhibition investigates yesterday’s visions of the “future” in the form of objects, experiences and models of collective wisdom, archive materials and moving pictures, paintings, installations and performances, documents, prototypes and new jobs in a dialectic that associates analytical and formal processes.