The monographic exhibition There is a Planet was inaugurated on 14 September 2017 and celebrates Ettore Sottsass on the centenary of his birth. Its title refers to a book, never published, which Sottsass had been preparing in the ‘90s for the German publisher Wasmuth. The book contained photographs taken by Sottsass during his travels around the world, testifying to the connection between humanity and the planet.
The exhibition fills nine rooms at the Milan Triennale’s Architecture Gallery, each room featuring a different theme. Ranging from works of architecture, art and design, to painting, objects, sculpture and ceramics, they illustrate Ettore Sottsass’s vast and multifarious output.
The exhibition is mounted both on the walls and in the central spaces of each room. Writings on the walls and on led banners celebrate Sottsass’s most famous statements, whilst also serving to guide the exhibition’s chronological route. Large light boxes reproduce photographs of architectures or design objects. The colours chosen for the exhibition design play a key role, with the entire ceiling painted dark grey to give greater emphasis to the walls. The walls of the Gallery are light blue on the left side, showing paintings and reproductions, and white on the right side where the collection of photographs is exhibited. The rooms are painted white, dark grey and sponged grey, or wallpapered with reproductions of the architect’s sketches and original texts.
The exhibition ends in the main central hall, which displays furniture from the 2000s lent by collectors from around the world.
Michele De Lucchi and Christoph Radl
aMDL PROJECT TEAM
Plotini allestimenti Srl (set builder); Artcare (accrochage)
SP Systema (led banner); Ecorime (light box)
Triennale Design Museum
2015-2017 (design); 2017 (completion)