Ettore Sottsass: Designer of the World
Ch√Ęteau de Montsoreau, France

April 4 - October 31, 2017

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The Château de Montsoreau – Musée d’Art Contemporain is the only château in the Loire Valley built in the riverbed itself. The Château de Montsoreau was commissioned by Jean II de Chambes, a close advisor to King Charles VII, in 1450. Transformed into a Contemporary Art Museum and opened in April 2016, the Château de Montsoreau is a new art venue just two hours from Paris in the Loire Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage listed area. Stretching for more than 2,000 m², it boasts a permanent collection of artworks linked to the Art & Language movement, and is believed to be the world’s largest collection of works by this group of artists involved in the founding of Conceptual Art.

The exhibition recounts this idea of design as a concrete materialisation of a removed of its inhibitions philosophy of life. In collaboration with the Museo Alessi, Kartell, Abet Laminati and Akmé, the exhibition refers to the founding experience in the Olivetti electronics firm, the Memphis exuberance and the questioning of architectural language in the 70’s. Originally set to close on June 20th, the exhibition has been extended to October 31st.