“Ettore Sottsass and the Social Factory” Retrospective to Open

April 11, 2019

By Annie Block


The lines between design and art have been progressively blurring since the late 20th century. Even in southern Florida: Art Basel Miami Beach and Design Miami/ have been coinciding since 2005. The Institute of Contemporary Art Miami is further solidifying the symbiotic relationship with the launch of a biannual exhibition dedicated to exploring postwar and contemporary design.

“Considering the increasingly significant role design plays in everyday life, we thought it important to better understand its relationship to contemporary art,” curator of programs Gean Moreno explains. What better way to kick off the initiative than with the seminal figure of Italian and global design? “Ettore Sottsass and the Social Factory“, which runs April 18 – October 6, 2019 and showcases 40 of the late architect’s objects, furniture, and ceramics as well as several of his drawings. In step with how Sottsass established dialogues with different cultures, Moreno adds, Mexican architect Frida Escobedo has been selected to design the exhibition.

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