The monographic exhibition of the French-Lebanese artist Flavie Audi investigates various geological forms and materials to shape a utopian world where real and virtual meet. In the Anthropocene, current geological area, where problematic methods of resource extraction threaten to undermine the solidity of our planet, TERRA (IN)FIRMA seeks to destabilize our encounter with the terrestrial and imagine a post-human topography. In navigating this uncanny plain, we encounter fragments of hyper-liths dispersed through space, rupturing our sense of stability; rocks become fluid, tilting on their axis, conglomerating. Forms caress and nudge each other in tender relations. Digital aesthetics warps our sense of material nature, hybridising the organic and synthetic. Ultimately, TERRA (IN)FIRMA confronts us with the Promethean dilemma: should the Earth be treated as a resource whose utility is determined primarily by human needs? Can human technology overcome our environmental problems?
FAR | BRASSLESS - New accords for the metallic wave
curated by Studio Vedèt
FAR is a parasitic entity, an unsettling intestinal project that has crept among the spaces and programs of Nilufar Gallery for the past three years. FAR will take over the spaces of the Caveau at Nilufar Depot, in viale Lancetti, with the collective show BRASSLESS. The show is a provocative yet light gesture which strikes an irreverent and playful attitude in response to a trend that has popped up everywhere in product and interior design, in companies and galleries —including Nilufar itself—in recent years. BRASSLESS comments on the use (or abuse) of this metal, most popularly in the form of surface-layer sheets that cover everything (and nothing in particular) in contemporary design, with little regard for the unique properties of brass. FAR celebrates the return of material potentiality and meaning as urgent design topics, showing 12 projects (in different metals and 1 nonmetal) that investigate physical and visual qualities of matter—exploring forms and avoiding uniformity. || Anna Diljá Sigurðardóttir | Antonio Barone | Carlo Lorenzetti | Destroyers / Builders | Lukas Wegwerth | Objects of Common Interest | Odd Matter | OLDER with Alexander Benjamin Vinther | Simon Ballen | Studio Minale-Maeda | Thomas Ballouhey | Wendy Andreu / Bram Vanderbeke | Special contributor - Martino Gamper
ground floor and via Senato space
IT’S ALL ABOUT COLORS
Studio Nucleo, a Turin-based collective of designers and artists led by Piergiorgio Robino, presents IT'S ALL ABOUT COLORS, an exhibition dedicated to the studio’s collections and new productions, celebrating their tenth year of collaboration with the gallery. Starting from color correlations, Nucleo exhibits five projects selected by Nina Yashar.
Color Lenses is the latest Nucleo project, designed exclusively for Nilufar. An entire collection including a bench, stools, floor lamps and wall lighting plays with transparency and multiplication of colors. Like lenses, focusing and refracting light through optical devices, the objects in this collection enchant with their changing reflections. The new series consists of several transparent volumes of polished resin. Each parallelepiped is colored using a new innovative technique that creates a polychromatic visual experience.
Primitive, initially presented at the Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Foundation, was Nilufar’s first project for the Salone del Mobile in 2010. Exhibited in many museums and galleries around the world, Primitive became the cornerstone for Nucleo's design collections. Realized for ten years in the signature shade of white, it appears this year for the first time in a full-color edition, enriched with a new chromatic range.
New shades also reimagine Presenze, the second collection presented by Nilufar. One vase from 2014 is recolored with an innovative technique that gives it new life; another piece, an unpublished console, is made with resin cubes recycled from past editions and recolored with a new dark light.
The Cages bookcase, a unique 2014 piece made with an iron structure and framed in polished, patinated bronze, is in dialogue with the evolving project Left Over. These table sculptures, in which the wooden tabletops become pictorial surfaces, were made in collaboration with the contemporary artist Hilario Isola in 2018. Hilario Isola's work focuses on the pictorial and chromatic potential of organic material, such as fruit. Beginning with Cages, the artist leaves fruits on the wooden surfaces to stain them with the expelled juices. Originally a metal structure allowing light to filter through, Cages evokes a simple spatial representation, almost immutable. While being permeated by light, the geometric module is involved in a life-cycle of organic decay that fills it with color.
In the direction of the first Left Over piece, Nucleo designs an entirely new Left Over collection, continuing the studio’s artistic collaboration with Hilario Isola. Elegant geometric brass structures host carved alabaster stones, which provide a canvas for Isola's organic color paintings.
via Senato space
special project by Federica Perazzoli
Nina Yashar has entrusted the development of this space to artist Federica Perazzoli, who presents Each time you fall in love, a new work inspired by the visual and aesthetic language of the East. The artist’s creation of a painting, 200x600cm, made exclusively for Nilufar Gallery, is the starting point for further departures. The work, printed on fabric and wallpaper, covers the new contemporary pieces of Studio Nucleo, in a dreamlike and hyper-decorative atmosphere.
ground floor – Nilufar25
A solo-show by Audrey Large
curated by Studio Vedèt
As part of FAR’s parallel programme, French designer Audrey Large presents her solo show, Implicit Surfaces. The exhibition is an uncanny parenthesis inside the gallery, creating an immersive and highimpact experience in just a few square metres of space (Nilufar25), visible through the central window vitrine on via Spiga. The objects and images are designed and crafted by Audrey Large in her signature language of sinuous, iridescent 3D printing. “Implicit Surfaces” sets out intriguing and experimental approaches to design themes including perception, function, and the fluid boundary between the virtual and the real.