June 8, 2024 - September 8, 2024

The Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China

          The Power Station of DESIGN (psD) at the Power Station of Art (PSA) will present “Impermanence – 40 Years of Estúdio Campana” from June 8 to September 8, 2024. Established in 1984 by the legendary Brazilian design duo Humberto Campana (b. 1953) and Fernando Campana (1961-2022), Estúdio Campana was founded in São Paulo. “Impermanence” marks the studio’s first major exhibition in Asia.

         Co-curated by Marco Sammicheli, Curator for Design, Fashion, Crafts and Director Museo del Design Italiano at the Triennale Milano, and Gong Yan, Director of PSA; Scenography design by the studio co-founder Humberto Campana; Graphic design by Maru Widen, the exhibition will focus on the cultural production of the studio through the proposal of objects, projects, drawings, and works that best summarize the history, trajectories and insights of the practice. Meanwhile, collaboratin with a Chinese garden designer, Estúdio Campana will create a site-specific installation in PSA’s unique “Sky Garden”.

          In forty years and with activities involving museums, schools, galleries and companies around the world, the exhibition traces the history of thoughts and actions that have prefigured well in advance artistic events, design solutions, urgent reflections on the coexistence of human beings and nature. The design of Estúdio Campana resonates between three dimensions: it is a manual act because it involves artisanal knowledge and manufacturing, because it investigates materials, shapes and colors with courage; it is an expressive at because it develops an intimate thought and makes it becoming collective, as it expresses a transformation of genres, types and techniques to represent the metamorphosis of reality and because it gives dignity to the hybrid and organic matter; it is a political act because it builds communities, educates to novelty, transmits knowledge, regenerates a territory. 

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