“Né arte, né design”. Conference on applied arts in Italy

25 years from the historical conference held in February 1995 in Milan’s Triennale, Fondazione Cologni is now promoting a new important meeting organised by Ugo La Pietra and Alberto Cavalli: a day aimed at exploring the relevance of applied arts connected to Italy’s art crafts, internationally referred to as “decorative arts” or “craft”, an area that does not coincide with art, is far from industrial design nor can be regarded as equivalent to traditional artistic craftsmanship.

The conference, entitled “Né arte né design” (Neither Art nor Design), is inspired to Ugo la Pietra’s recent book “Fatto ad arte. Né arte né design” (Marsilio Editori), which will be gifted to all participants.

The meeting will take place in Milan’s Triennale Salone d’Onore on Monday, 23 September, from 8:30 to 18:00. The subject will be handled by prominent experts of the sector, applied art historians, designers, university professors and professionals, from Ugo La Pietra to Enzo Biffi Gentili, Massimo Bignardi and François Burkhardt; from Beppe Finessi to Paola Navone and Paolo Coretti; from Alba Cappellieri, Sergio Nannicola, Anty Pansera, Alessandro Masserdotti, and Andrea Sinigaglia.

The program will be divided into two parts devoted to the subject area first, and to professional training in the second part. The debate will be monitored by the curators, alternatively Ugo La Pietra and Alberto Cavalli, while the final part will be open to interventions of speakers from the floor.
Accreditation required: info@fondazionecologni.it – tel. 02 8965536462

Special thanks to Milan’s Triennale for its precious hospitality.