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The exhibition is divided into two sections. The first shows works by some of the artists invited to contribute to the issue of the IN magazine on the topic of “object destruction”: Archizoom, Ugo La Pietra, Ettore Sottsass Jr. and Superstudio. It is a series of collages, posters, photographs and furnishing objects made between 1968 and 1974, which investigate the nature of living practices by shifting attention from functions and from the objects to the rites and attitudes, in that historical passage of crisis of the western society. From Archizoom furnishings such as the Mies chaise-longue for Poltronova, posters dedicated to objects and symbolic rites by Ettore Sottsass Jr .; from the series collages The Ugo La Pietra “Il Sistema Disequilibrante”, up to the histograms
of architecture and the objects of the “Misura” Series by Superstudio, all these works demolish the traditional ones syntactic bonds imposed on objects by social conventions, opening up to a new field of possibilities for interpretation and use.
The second section proposes a series of didactic projects of the School of Architecture and Design “Eduardo Victory “of Ascoli Piceno (University of Camerino). These are houses chosen for their “non” character domestic. “If domesticity refers to a specific system of symbols and its power of control, these projects question the traditional categories through which the house acts as social stabilizer.

Galleria d’Arte Contemporanea “Osvaldo Licini” – Ascoli Piceno
12 January – 9 March 2019

curated by
Gabriele Mastrigli

artworks by
Archizoom, Stefano Graziani, Ugo La Pietra, Ettore Sottsass Jr., Superstudio

projects by
Università di Camerino. Scuola di Architettura e Design “Eduardo Vittoria” – Ascoli Piceno

photos by
Raniero Carloni