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Joe Colombo, the inventor of the future

The Gallery of Modern Art in Milan (GAM) is dedicating an exhibition to this genius designer of the 20th century. Cesare, known as Joe Colombo (1930-1971) had a short but dazzling life, producing prolific work on the border between art and industry. “Dear Joe Colombo, you taught us about the future,” curated by his former and closest collaborator, Ignazia Favata, traces the career of this visionary who, driven by his utopian ideals, foresaw the future of design, technology, and society. This retrospective looks back at his first experiences when he joined the Movimento Nucleare in the 1950s, creating sketches of an underground nuclear city that already revealed his futuristic vision. Then invites us to rediscover the power of his avant-garde, functional, and playful objects, such as the Elda armchair and the Acrilica and Alogena lamps. But also the Universale chair, the Tube-Chair and the Multi-chair, marking his attraction for the modular, new materials, and flexibility of the form. Modern, inventive, and innovative ideas that have laid the foundations of contemporary design.

Nathalie Dassa

“Dear Joe Colombo, you taught us about the future”

GAM Galleria d’Arte Moderna in Milan, Italy

Until September 4, 2022