In 2016 PIASA
presented nearly a dozen private collections at auction, whose market-fresh provenance provoked lively bidding among French and international collectors. On 1 June 2017 PIASA will offer an ensemble of Design and works of art from an Italian collection that represents the fruit of over a decade of passionate research, reflecting the taste of a family of collectors for all aspects of artistic creativity.
The Collection's Decorative Art spans post-war Italian output from the great architects of reconstruction down to contemporary designers, including works by:
Gio Ponti, director of Domus magazine, who fitted out luxury hotels and ocean-liners in the 1950s
Fontana Arte, where Ponti was succeeded as artistic director by Max Ingrand, who brought with him a new, French approach
The BBPR architectural group, whose public commissions underpinned their success among private clients keen to apply such rationality to a domestic context
And, of course, the 1980s apostles of Post-Modernism such as Ettore Sottsass, Nanda Vigo, Andrea Branzi and Gaetano Pesce, who created items that have become irrevocably associated with Milan's contribution to the history of Design
The collection's paintings feature the Italian Pop Art of Rome's Mario Schifano and Franco Angeli, which echoed the American obsession with series and popular imagery. Their Roman lifestyle was every bit as extravagant as that in New York, where Andy Warhol was redefining the notion of spectacle at the Factory.
Gio Ponti (1891-1979), Paire d'armoires. Bois, parchemin et verre - H 171 x L 107 x P 61 cm - H 171 x L 101,5 x P 61 cm. Est: 4 000/ 6 000 chacune
B.B.P.R (Lodovico Barbiano di Belgiojoso, Enrico Peressutti, Ernesto Nathan Rogers)
Modèle 2045. Plafonnier en métal laqué et verre moulé. Edition Arteluce - Date de création : 1962. H 15 x Ø 112 cm. Est : 20 000 / 30 000
Max Ingrand (1908-1969), Modèle 1774. Table basse en métal laqué, laiton et verre teinté convexe grossissant - Edition Fontana Arte. Date de création : vers 1960 - H 37 x Ø 83 cm. Est : 20 000/30 000