Milano Art in the Mid-Century

 

 

La Triennale di Milano is a design museum and events venue located at Park Sempione in Milan, Italy. It hosts exhibitions highlighting contemporary Italian design, architecture, music, and media arts, highlighting the relationship between art and industry. The museum also features the Collezione Permanente, a permanent collection of art objects in contemporary Italian design.

Like searching for a hidden chamber in an ancient temple, I came across a Mid-Century collection of photos from La Triennial di Milano deep in the archives of the Lombardy Cultural Heritage collection. Getting there was a challenge as I don’t read Italian and Google Translate abandoned me, but my intuition prevailed on my hunch in the end. It was worth the perseverance as some really intriguing images representing some of the  artists of this era were on display. Most of the images are from the fifties and are in Black & White which was de rigueur  for a lot of photographers then. Excellent composition and use of shadows characterise the photos of modernist inspired ceramics, furniture and sculpture.

 

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X Triennale – Sempione Park. 1954

 Ceramic High Relief “Madonna and child enthroned” – Angelo Biancini

 

 

 

 

Particolare-dell'allestimen

X Triennial 1954  Scandinavian exhibit

 

 

 

 

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Federico Patellani

 

 

 

 

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 XI Triennale 1957

Abstract design dish with wrought iron tripod in the section of the Exhibition of Ceramic Art Productions

photo: Sergio Bersani

 

 

 

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 X Triennale – France display – Plaster Sculpture “El’ll think” – Ossip Zadkine

Photo: Giancolombo

 

 

 

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 Ceramic pencil holders

Photo Aldo Bailo

Museum of Contemporary Photography

 

 

 

 

Quattrini-Oreste

 Quatterini  Oreste – Careerism

MAGA – Museum Art Gallarate, Milan, 1974

 

 Scultura Jacques Lipchitz

 “Le marin à la guitare” – Jacques Lipchitz

XI Triennial

Foto Mercurio

 

 

 

 

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 X Triennial  – Stig Lindberg modernist ceramic forms

 

 

 

 

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Constantin Brancusi – Portrait of Mademoiselle Pogany

 

 

 

 

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The Embracers  – Henri Gaudier-Brzeska

 

 

 

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Vases from the Spainish section. XI Triennial 1957

 

 

 

 

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 X Triennale – Giovanni Gariboldi

Photo Dainesi

 

 

 

 

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 X Triennial – ceramic amphora vase – Ernestine Cannon

1954

 

 

 

 

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 1957 XI Triennial – Vase in the shape of fish in the section of the Exhibition of Ceramic Art Productions

photo: Sergio Bersani

 

 

 

 

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 Ceramic vase/pitcher by Leon Ferrari

X Milano Triennial – 1954

Henri Gaudier--Parco Sempio

 Henri Gaudier-Brzeska’s Hieratic Head of Ezra Pound, carved in 1914.

The writer Ezra Pound recognised Gaudier’s genius and was keen to promote and support him, and so commissioned the artist to do a portrait bust and bought a block of stone for the purpose. Pound understood the importance of direct carving as a marker of modernism.

 

 

 

 

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Sculpture Portrait of H. Rouart – Medardo Rosso

XI Triennale – Parco Sempione

 

 

 

 

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 X Triennale – Exhibition of art schools – Ceramic Vase

Foto:  Ancillotti

 

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XI Milano Triennale – 1957

Mid-Century modernist bottles

 

 

 

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XI Triennale – modern ceramic vessels 1957

 Sergio Bersani – Giornalfoto

 

 

 

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 1954 X Triennale – Germany ceramic exhibit

 

Marcello Fantoni tall pitchers

 Marcello Fantoni tall pitchers

 

 

 

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Anthropomorphic sculpture ‘ Scream ‘ by Aldo Zuliani

1973

 

 

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 Reliquary Bust of Saint’Ottaviano silver and gold of the fifteenth century

XI Trienniel 1957 – photo: Sergio Bersani

 

 

 

 

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 Terracotta display of Lazio and Campania in the  Italian Show Productions section

1957

 

 

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  XI Triennale – abstract ceramic vessel   ( maybe a teapot )

Milan 1957

 

 

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 XI Triennale Ceramic Ornaments in the Yugoslavia display

1957

 

 

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 XI Triennale – French exhibition – Sculpture and bowl by Charles Zublena

XI Trienniel 1957 – photo: Sergio Bersani

 

 

 

 

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 Sculpture “Mushrooms blacks” by Alexander Calder

International Exhibition of Sempione Park, Milan 1957

photo: Sergio Bersani

 

 

 

 

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XI Triennale –   – International exhibition of sculpture in the park Sempione- Sculpture “Draped reclining figure” – Henry Moore

Photo Mercury

 

 

 

 

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 XI Triennale  Scandinavian exhibit

 

 

 

 

Sculpture Bouquet Pablo Picasso

Sculpture “Bouquet”  – Pablo Picasso

Park Sempione XI Triennale 1957

 

 

 

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 An exhibit at the Triennale di Milano reconstructs, 50 years later, the fundamental moments in the construction of Brazil’s new capital.

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Sculpture “Grand Cheval” – Raymond Duchamp-Villon

Park Sempione XI Triennale 1957

 

 

 

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 Vases designed by Angelo Mangiarotti

Photo : Aldo Bailo

 

 

 

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 Milano – VII Triennale d’Arte – 1940 (?) Angelo Biancini, Diana,

 

 

 

 

White Porcelain Pitcher - Majda Kumar

 XI Triennale – Section of Yugoslavia – Porcelain Pitcher – Majda Kumar

1957

 

 

 

 

Ceramic bottles Guido Gambone

X Trienniel 1954 – Ceramic bottles Guido Gambone

 

 

 

 

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X Trienniel 1954 –  Ceramiche Guido Gambone

 

 

 

 

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 X Trienniel 1954 ceramic vessel – Guido Gambone

 

 

 

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 X Triennale – France – Sculpture in bronze and brass lined – Antoine Pevsner

Farabola

 

 

 

 

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X Milan Trienniel 1954 – Ceramic wall plaques-Sweden – Stig Lindberg

 

 

 

 

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XI Triennale  1957 – Alabaster sculpture by Mirko Basaldella.

photo: Sergio Bersani

 

 

 

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XI Triennial selection of ceramics – 1957

 

 

 

 

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Milan – VII Art Triennial. Guido Andloviz, two ceramic pots

1940

 

 

 

 

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 Photo – Simone Magnolini

 

 

 

 

Martini-Pasquale italian sculpture

Forms Symbol – Pasquale Martini

 

 

Stig Lindberg ceramic vases

 X Triennial  Stig Lindberg ceramic vases

 

Mrio Tedeschi 1951

Storage cabinet modernist – Mrio Tedeschi 1951

Emilio Scanavino Italian ceramic

Emilio Scanavino Italian ceramic vessel

Emilio started working with clay in the early Fifties, in Tullio Mazzotti’s studio in Albissola Marina.

( http://www.thatsarte.com/ )

 

 

George Robustelli

The sign of the memory – George Robustelli

 

 

 

 

 

Del-Pezzo-Lucio Column sculpture

Column n. XXVII
Lucio Del Pezzo

 

 

 

Cornini Marco

‘ The wonder’ – Cornini Marco

 

 

 

1989 Borghi Paolo

In the land of Persephone

Borghi Paolo

 

 

 

 

Maurizio Cattelan

Middle finger salute – Maurizio Cattelan

MAGA

 

 

 

 

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Fernanda Borio – 1951

 

 

 

 

Galvagni Mario

‘ Portrait of Silvio Zanella ‘

Mario Galvagni

 MAGA – Museum Art Gallarate

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Portrait of a Man – Klaus Zaugg, 1980 –  Milan

( Shot with a film camera, the falling car hasn’t been created in photoshop )

 

 

 

Rognoni Franco

Rognoni Franco

Exposition - BUSATO Gualtiero

Exposition – BUSATO Gualtiero

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Aldo Bailo  – Optical Projection

Costantino Nivolaz - Mothers Secret

Costantino Nivolaz – Mothers Secret

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Cubist Torso,- 1987 – Jim di Rich

All above images sourced from  www.LombardiaBeniCulturali.it

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  1. Natasha Lee
    Posted April 24, 2014 at 8:40 pm | Permalink

    It was indeed worth the perseverance. Thank you for sharing this.

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