Starting from July 15, the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea in Rome
hosts the exhibition entitled On Flower Power. The Role of the Vase in Arts, Crafts and
Design, curated by Martí guixé and Inga Knölke.
The project includes the exhibition of about 80 artists who have interpreted the symbolism
of the vase, declining it according to different artistic disciplines, starting from
photography, through sculpture and painting, up to design. It is an interesting project,
which allows a broad and precise vision of the whole universe of artistic disciplines
through the study of an apparently neutral object: the flower vase.
Rediscovered in the second half of the 20th century, the vase of flowers is from that point
on envisioned according to the visions of artists and architects, making it a plastic object
able to communicate through the power of visual language.
Describing the artistic potential of this elegant object, curator Martí Guixé stated: “A hybrid look at art, craftsmanship and design through an object already transversal, the flower vase, which also becomes an empathetic object because of its ability to find an emotional complicity with its observer. In the exhibition, the flower vase through the interpretation of the artist, the artisan or the designer becomes an empathetic object and in some way the subject of our near future.”
Among the most important artists on show, we mention Enzo Mari and Gaetano Pesce,
protagonists of the international design scene and then again, the Dutch-born designer
Hella Jongerius, the Austrian sculptor Olivier Laric, the painters Gaetano Previati, Mario
Mafai and Filippo De Pisis. The exhibition also contains two works by Martí Guixé himself,
produced in collaboration with the Accademia del Costume e di Moda in Rome.
words Ludovica Mucci