Gaetano Pesce: Age Of Contaminations by Friedman Benda

Nearly fifty years after the opening of this landmark art exhibitionAge of Contaminations at Friedman Benda looked back on Gaetano Pesce’s legacy as a provocateur, rule-breaker, and essential influence on the evolution of contemporary design

Gaetano Pesce: Age Of Contaminations by Friedman Benda
Gaetano Pesce: Age Of Contaminations by Friedman Benda
Gaetano Pesce: Age Of Contaminations by Friedman Benda
Gaetano Pesce: Age Of Contaminations by Friedman Benda
Felt Sofa, 1985 – 1986

During the month of December, Friedman Benda was pleased to present a critical survey of the Italian architect, designer, and visionary Gaetano Pesce, examining the pivotal period of his career from 1968 to 1995.

Age of Contaminations brings together rarely seen iconic works from key historic collections and groundbreaking early prototypes that have been assembled over the past decade. A true honor homage to his modern art pieces and furniture design.

Gaetano Pesce: Age Of Contaminations by Friedman Benda
Gaetano Pesce: Age Of Contaminations by Friedman Benda
Les Ateliers, 1986 – 1987
Gaetano Pesce: Age Of Contaminations by Friedman Benda
Yeti Armchair, 1968

By refusing to adhere to traditional boundaries between architecture art, sculpture, and conceptual art, Pesce’s cross-contamination between genres consequentially altered the landscape of design and was a catalyst for the establishment of the contemporary studio practice.   

“I wanted to make people understand that creativity resides in rejecting previously seen models, and this proceeds in the absence of repetition…It’s a first step toward creativity, inspiring people to make an autonomous gesture, a different one each time,”

said Gaetano Pesce during a 1991 interview.
Gaetano Pesce: Age Of Contaminations by Friedman Benda

See Also: Friedman Benda Presents Art Objects that Play with Forms

Coffee Tables GIF Boca do Lobo
Gaetano Pesce: Age Of Contaminations by Friedman Benda
Moloch floor lamp from Casa Carenza, Padua, 1971
Gaetano Pesce: Age Of Contaminations by Friedman Benda
Tree Lamp, 1992

Age of Contaminations featured a grouping of rare Yeti Armchairs (1968), the first armchair Gaetano Pesce produced, the iconic “Moloch” Floor Lamp (1970-1), his inaugural collaboration with the manufacturer Bracciodiferro, and the earliest example of his groundbreaking Golgotha Table (1972).

Gaetano Pesce: Age Of Contaminations by Friedman Benda
Sansone II, 1987
Gaetano Pesce: Age Of Contaminations by Friedman Benda
Pratt Chair, 1984
Gaetano Pesce: Age Of Contaminations by Friedman Benda
Prototype for Seaweed Chair, 1991

A merge of art and design that you have never seen, that utterly honors the artist and that I Lobo You is proud to show you everything that happened inside of Friedman Benda gallery’s walls.

As seen displayed on this art exhibition at Friedman Benda art gallery, the most iconic modern art piece that Gaetano Pesce has ever created was the Up Chair. Let’s take a look at some of the most iconic versions of this creation:

Gaetano Pesce: Age Of Contaminations by Friedman Benda
Armchair Up Junior – B&B Italia
Gaetano Pesce: Age Of Contaminations by Friedman Benda
Poltrona Up 50 – B&B Italia
Gaetano Pesce: Age Of Contaminations by Friedman Benda
Gaetano Pesce’s creation during Milan Design Week’s 2019
Gaetano Pesce: Age Of Contaminations by Friedman Benda
Up Chair from Friedman Benda’s exhibition

See Also: “Blow Up” at Friedman Benda – Furniture Art for an Adult Dollhouse

Imperfectio Sofa Boca do Lobo

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