“The Elegance of Modernity”: Richard Ginori ceramics by Gio Ponti, on exhibit in Turin

Gio Ponti and Richard Ginori will be on exhibit in Turin until February 29th, in the beautiful Palazzo Madama. The Atelier Space inside the Civic Museum located inside the famous building in the central Piazza Castello will showcase seventy-three specimens of china and majolicas created by the great Milanese artist between 1923 and 1933, for the company founded by marquis Carlo Ginori in the 18th century in Sesto Fiorentino.

There is more: “Elegance in modernity” – the fitting name of the exhibition – is also demonstrated by a wide selection of drawings and letters belonging to Gio Ponti, who was Richard Ginori’s artistic director in the 1920s and took care of all design aspects for the brand, completely overhauling the production range and preparing it for serial manufacturing.

According to architecture historian Paolo Portoghesi, “despite how prestigious the public considered his work, and the crucial influence Gio Ponti had on Italian taste for almost half a century, his artistic profile is one of the least explored and appreciated by critics.”

“Presenting the ceramic works Richard Ginori manufactured in the 1920s, therefore, is not just a way to introduce a chapter in the pre-history of Italian design, but also an invitation to give a new interpretation of Ponti’s work, after realizing the exceptional levels he started from” (translated from P. Portoghesi, “Architettura e memoria”, Gangemi, Rome 2006).

Photos via:
http://www.palazzomadamatorino.it

Gio Ponti e la Richard Ginori. L'eleganza della modernità

“Exorcism” disc, 1928-1929 (disc and decor), hand-painted porcelain and agate-tip gold detail, ©Associazione Amici di Doccia/Arrigo Coppitz

Gio Ponti e la Richard Ginori. L'eleganza della modernità

"Hot Air Balloons" bowl, 1925 (decor), hand-painted porcelain, ©Associazione Amici di Doccia/Arrigo Coppitz

Gio Ponti e la Richard Ginori. L'eleganza della modernità

“Arches and ropes” urn, 1926 (decor), 1924 (urn), hand-painted porcelain, ©Associazione Amici di Doccia/Arrigo Coppitz

Gio Ponti e la Richard Ginori. L'eleganza della modernità

“Labyrinth” bowl, 1926 (decor), chrome and hand-painted porcelain, ©Associazione Amici di Doccia/Arrigo Coppitz

Gio Ponti e la Richard Ginori. L'eleganza della modernità

“Funéraille de Thais” cup, 1925 (decor), 1923 (cup), chrome and hand-painted porcelain, ©Associazione Amici di Doccia/Arrigo Coppitz

Gio Ponti e la Richard Ginori. L'eleganza della modernità

Letter, July 6th 1926, ink and pencil on paper

Gio Ponti e la Richard Ginori. L'eleganza della modernità

Letter with catalog sketches, November 15th 1925, ink on headed paper

Gio Ponti e la Richard Ginori. L'eleganza della modernità

Portait of Gio Ponti, ca. 1930, ©Gio Ponti Archives/Salvatore Licitra

Gio Ponti e la Richard Ginori. L'eleganza della modernità

Palazzo Madama, Turin

Gio Ponti e la Richard Ginori. L'eleganza della modernità

Palazzo Madama, Turin

“The Elegance of Modernity”: Richard Ginori ceramics by Gio Ponti, on exhibit in Turin

Turin
Palazzo Madama, Museo Civico d’Arte Antica, Piazza Castello
+39 011 4433501
+39 011 4429929

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