Thursday, December 17 2015

December 17 2015 – February 12 2016

Opening hours:
December 17 to February 12 2016:
Thursday — Friday 16:00 – 19.30
with guided tour by editorial staff
To make an appointment: (for groups of at least 5 people) write to Paolo Schianchi paolo[at]

After the monographic exhibition on Cini Boeri, SpazioFMG per l’Architettura closes the year 2015 with a look at another great Italian from the world of architecture, design and art. December 17 2015 marks the opening of the exhibition entitled Nanda Vigo: ‹‹Opere abitate da opere››  (“Artworks inhabited by artworks”) 1959-1972, a retrospective of the Milanese designer’s interiors of the ‘60s and ‘70s.

SpazioFMG per l’Architettura continues to present big names in modern and contemporary architecture in Milan: after Cini Boeri, the gallery now focuses on architect, designer and artist Nanda Vigo, who has been working in the city since the ’50s and is still active there today.

A multifaceted, versatile artist, Nanda Vigo has played a key role in Italian art since the’60s and ’70s, when she worked with authoritative artists such as Giò Ponti and Lucio Fontana.

At 18:30 on December 17 2015 SpazioFMG inaugurates Nanda Vigo: ‹‹Opere abitate da opere›› (“Artworks inhabited by artworks”) 1959-1972, a solo show illustrating Vigo’s wide-ranging career with a special focus on her work as an interior designer.

Iris Ceramica and FMG Fabbrica Marmi e Graniti’s gallery and showroom will feature a series of vintage photographs representing six of the architect’s iconic monochromatic interiors, including the “Zero House” (1959-62), the house “Scarabeo sotto la foglia” (Beetle under a Leaf)(1965-68) – designed by Giò Ponti with interiors by Vigo – and the “Black House” (1970).

The images are accompanied by a series of original objects kindly provided by the Nanda Vigo Archives, including the “Golden Gate” lamp designed for Arredoluce (1969-70), the “Top” sofa for Fai International (1970) and the “Due Più” chair for More Coffee (1971). 
The narration of these objects is enriched and supported by a prestigious series of photographs by Aldo Ballo, one of Italy’s best-known design photographers.

SpazioFMG’s scientific director Luca Molinari introduces the exhibition with an invitation to consider the artist’s work and poetics as an opportunity for reflection on the evolution of living space:

“Nanda Vigo’s fascinating and sometimes disturbing home interiors are a true condensation of the intense research into the theme of the home conducted by so many Italian architects, designers and artists in the ’60s and ‘70s. Gruppo Zero’s attempt to achieve unity of art, design and architecture, Bellini, Sottsass, Zanuso and Colombo’s reflection on the theme of contemporary living and designs for cabin homes are echoed and come together in Vigo’s monochromatic houses. Though many of these have now been lost, beautiful photographs from those times still illustrate the need to continue questioning the way we live in and make use of domestic space”.

View the trailer of the exhibition: