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Lualdi and “La tradizione del nuovo”

23rd Triennale Milan International Exhibition. Unknown Unknowns. An Introduction to Mysteries – 15 July – 11 December 2022

The Triennale Milan International Exhibition is dedicated to design and architecture and sponsored by the Triennale in collaboration with the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. A constellation of exhibitions and projects brings together 400 artists, designers and architects from over 40 countries, with more than 600 works and 22 international participations.

The 23rd International Exhibition addresses the theme of the unknown, investigating the mysteries of the known world and presenting a space to reflect on “what we don’t know that we don’t know”. Unknown Unknowns. An Introduction to Mysteries offers a new look at the unknown and an opportunity for exploration. The unknown thus becomes a dimension to be experienced, a notion of astonishment in the face of the immensity of what escapes us.

18 JULY 2022

La tradizione del nuovo

La Tradizione del Nuovo – this is the title of the new exhibition at the Italian Design Museum of the Triennale Milano – illustrates how Italian design has always explored with courage and dedication, making use of extensive research to address the as yet unknown. The exposition brings together works, installations, documents, creative processes and experiments that contributed to the development of society between 1964 and 1996, referencing the sociological, commercial, ecological, technological and cultural aspects.

The exhibition opens with an installation in which the concept of the door is reworked symbolically, taking up the main theme of the 23rd International Exhibition: the act of “crossing a threshold” represents the separation or communication between two environments, understood not simply as physical space but also as a passage between the known and the unknown.

The Design Museum opens a new chapter with a spin-off of the project “Invece del Campanello” (In place of the Doorbell), conceived in 1991 by Bruno Munari and Davide Mosconi, in partnership with Lualdi. An eclectic artist and designer, Bruno Munari’s creative activity was given over to experimentation, exploring all its forms to include painting, sculpture, design, photography and teaching.

The installation illustrates the essence of Munari’s thinking, accompanying us with a mixture of humor and exactitude, teaching us to shift the way we see things, even a little, and training us to assume a mental agility with which to navigate the world of modernity with ease.

Munari defined the ‘campanello’ (doorbell) as “the instrument to communicate auditory messages through the doors according to the character, mood, humidity and sensitivity of the people who ring the bell”. For the centenary of Munari’s birth in 2007, the exhibition was re-presented by Beppe Finessi in Lualdi’s Milan showroom, with fit-out by Marco Ferrer and embellished with previously unpublished documents.

Using a series of doors produced by Lualdi, Bruno Munari and Davide Mosconi applied devices and structures “in place of the doorbell” that produce the strangest and most diverse sounds in relation to the imagined owner of the door. For example, to ring the door of the geologist ‘Pietro di Pietra’ we use a knocker that strikes a stone plate. For that of the Head Physician ‘de Medici’, the Medici brass knocker, spring-loaded plunger, paper nametag.

The Design Museum selected six works, which will enhance the towers that make up the entrance portal.

TOWER 1
Front: lacquered wood, brass knocker, spring-loaded plunger
Back: lacquered wood, spring-loaded plunger, battery tray, wood

 

TOWER 2
Front: lacquered wood, rope and fabric
Back: lacquered wood, rope, brass and wooden wind chimes

TOWER 3
Front: lacquered wood, rope
Back: lacquered wood, rope, brass doorbells, ribbons

TOWER 4
Front: lacquered wood, bird callers, marker, paper tag
Back: lacquered wood

TOWER 5
Front: lacquered wood, wooden bridge support and keys, ropes, paper nameplate
Back: lacquered wood, “f” shaped holes, wooden keys

TOWER 6
Front: lacquered wood, Medici brass knocker, spring-loaded plunger, paper nameplate
Back: lacquered wood, lithophone, rope, brass, spring-loaded plunger

  • Munari defined the ‘campanello’ (doorbell) as “the instrument to communicate auditory messages through the doors according to the character, mood, humidity and sensitivity of the people who ring the bell”. For the centenary of Munari’s birth in 2007, the exhibition was re-presented by Beppe Finessi in Lualdi’s Milan showroom, with fit-out by Marco Ferrer and embellished with previously unpublished documents.

    Using a series of doors produced by Lualdi, Bruno Munari and Davide Mosconi applied devices and structures “in place of the doorbell” that produce the strangest and most diverse sounds in relation to the imagined owner of the door. For example, to ring the door of the geologist ‘Pietro di Pietra’ we use a knocker that strikes a stone plate. For that of the Head Physician ‘de Medici’, the Medici brass knocker, spring-loaded plunger, paper nametag.

    The Design Museum selected six works, which will enhance the towers that make up the entrance portal.

    TOWER 1
    Front: lacquered wood, brass knocker, spring-loaded plunger
    Back: lacquered wood, spring-loaded plunger, battery tray, wood

     

    TOWER 2
    Front: lacquered wood, rope and fabric
    Back: lacquered wood, rope, brass and wooden wind chimes

    TOWER 3
    Front: lacquered wood, rope
    Back: lacquered wood, rope, brass doorbells, ribbons

    TOWER 4
    Front: lacquered wood, bird callers, marker, paper tag
    Back: lacquered wood

    TOWER 5
    Front: lacquered wood, wooden bridge support and keys, ropes, paper nameplate
    Back: lacquered wood, “f” shaped holes, wooden keys

    TOWER 6
    Front: lacquered wood, Medici brass knocker, spring-loaded plunger, paper nameplate
    Back: lacquered wood, lithophone, rope, brass, spring-loaded plunger

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