5vie – an integrated design district. milan design week 2019.
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thanks to the uniqueness of the curatorial program and the continually expanding success of previous editions, 5vie art+design is now recognized internationally as an important new hub of cutting-edge design. with a special focus on one-of-a-kind pieces, art design, and the cross- contamination among the various arts, the 2019 edition aims to build on this growing success and embrace experimentation more openly than ever and to cultivate an even more international presence.
this year’s goal: consolidate our reputation as a cultural reference point,bringing together plurality of thought and international heterogeneity.
working as always in close contact with curators and designers and concentrating on clusters of creativity, 5vie is increasingly establishing itself as a meeting place for generating connections between different areas, investing in research, in the selection of projects, and in their final implementation. as such, our identity as a true “integrated design district” becomes crystal clear.
as always, 5vie uses respected curators to trace the editorial line and confirms its collaboration with annalisa rosso, maria cristina didero and nicolas bellavance-lecompte, entrusting them with site-specific installations to reaffirm 5vie’s attention to the territory. as if to say…: “never change a winning team”.
in the mystical setting of the oratorio della passione, didero works with carlo massoud to create her first solo show, a social and political exhibition filtered through a child-like vision. roberto sironi decides to tackle the hot-button topic of big data in a sophisticated exhibition curated by annalisa rosso installed in the intriguing setting of the roman cellars of siam in via santa marta. nicolas bellavance’s curates the work of anton alvarez, who experiments with new casting techniques for bronze with surprising results in a solo exhibition entitled l’ultima cera. the exhibition will be held at the church of san bernardino alle monache, which will open to the public only on this occasion.
born out of a trip to eindhoven, the collaboration with kiki van eijk and joost van bleiswijk takes the form of a site-specific installation in the by now familiar apartment on via cesare correnti 14, headquarters of 5vie with the participation of niels hoebers, sander wassink, and michele castagnaro. the objects, designed expressly for the occasion, represent autonomous forms whose function is only barely suggested, transporting the viewer into their creative process. “in my capacity as general consul of the netherlands, i appreciate the high standards of the international curatorial selection, and i consider the growing presence of dutch designers in the 5vie district to be a very positive development”, comments johan verboom. “since 2016, the embassy and consulate have collaborated with the district, and this year we decided to support this project with the shared aim of promoting talent and design”.
like every year, 5vie dedicates design week to a great master. the guest of honor for this edition will be ugo la pietra, an artist who established his reputation back in the late ‘50s and whose production has since explored an incredible variety of creative techniques. his exhibition is entitled design territoriale, genius loci.