Memory and Contemporaneity, China Art Today - The Venice Biennale

Jens, Antonio Citterio’s latest chair produced for the occasion in natural wenge with silk upholstered seat and back, is one of the protagonists of the exhibition path Memory and Contemporaneity, a side event at the 57th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, sponsored by The Palace Museum, Beijing. With the chair Jens, presented by B&B Italia at the Milan Design Week, Antonio Citterio interprets the classical design of Chinese chairs in a contemporary key, exploring handcrafting expertise revealed by turned and curved wood. The exhibition Memory and Contemporaneity is designed to muse over the past of China, which becomes an artistic, cultural and spiritual memory, appointing five masters of Italian design - namely Antonio Citterio, Michele De Lucchi, Stefano Giovannoni, Piero Lissoni and Italo Rota - the task of producing, in cooperation with Italian craftsmen, daily use items in wood, with the addition, if required, of either silk or ceramic, inspired by Chinese decorative and application arts. These interactions yield the chair by Antonio Citterio, the lamp by Michele De Lucchi, the armchair by Stefano Giovannoni, the dresser by Piero Lissoni and the table by Italo Rota, works accompanied by the black and white video, which show the backstage of their creations.

Side event at the 57th International Art Exhibition – The Venice Biennale
13 May – 26 November 2017