What do the patterns of 40 young Italian creative people and Leonardo Da Vinci have to do with it? At Appartamento Lago a small, interesting exhibition curated by Italianism
is Lago’s theme for the Milan Design Week 2018 (link to the tickets for the free entry party on April 17th here). But more than a payoff, this is an invitation. A call for facing life and design in a different way: going out of one’s comfort zone and mixing various types of knowledge, while looking at the world with an open curiosity.
We Italians are very good at this. Because multi-disciplinarity exists since Humanism and was embodied at best in Leonardo Da Vinci: artist, engineer, inventor, designer, architect, philosopher. The man who more than anyone represents the opposite of the vertical approach ro learning, which became so fashionable since the Industrial Revolution. And that now, suddenly, seems so dated.
The Last Supper as inspiration
Lago’s initiative to support the extra opening nights for Leonardo’s Last Supper in Milan is linked to this thinking (to have access, every day from 7 till 10 pm, link Eventbrite).
Leonardo and Patterns?
Thus it is not surprising that this initiative comes coupled with others: at the Casa LAGO and Appartamento LAGO. One of them is an exhibition that shows 40 patterns by young creatives selected by Italianism : its title ends with a question mark :
Patterns: non just visual art
To deal with it, however, one could start from another question: namely, why do the patterns bewitch us? How come we are captured by the inability of their modules, by the perception of elusive logic, intoxicated by colors and shapes?
The mix of disciplines
And that is to say, by telling what the repetition of identical modules represents in the sciences, how it animates music, architecture, how it is part of our body when we enter biology … It does so through short essays, written experts of different disciplines from design (the curatorship is by Paolo Casicci, journalist of Repubblica, and Cieloeterradesign).
Various levels of understanding
So there are many ways to read How do you say pattern in Italian? There is the aesthetic one. Because carefully selected patterns will surely give rise to an environment with a high emotional impact. And there is the historical-artistic one. Because the works were made at the request of Italianism by visual artists considered . Photographers, material artists, textile enthusiasts and experts in 3D or digital processing, tattoo artists, creators from the most distant planets. And finally there is the multi-disciplinary angle. That is, the .
Never Stop Looking Beyond
Which is increasingly necessary. We must know how to see beyond, as Leonardo da Vinci did. And how man has always tended to do when he wants to create something new: in music, in architecture, in the sciences. To
Come si dice pattern in italiano? Appartamento Lago, via Brera 30.
In the catalogue, texts by Virginio Briatore, Silvia Bencivelli, Alfonso Femia, Riccardo Meggiato and Gianni Santoro.