The key to curating any big exhibition is structure – clear enough to help users navigate the space but not so heavy-handed that they feel patronised or put upon. If you can create something that looks great then so much the better, and Fabio Novembre’s work on the Triennale Design Museum’s Grafica italiana show ticks all the right boxes.
A simple but vibrant colour coding system helps make sense of a show that encompasses all sorts of Italian graphic design, including letters, books, magazines, culture and politics, advertising, packaging, visual identity, signposting and video. But it also adds a really pleasing visual element to a celebration of communication and aesthetics which adds enormously to the show’s appeal.
In a peerlessly charming write-off on his site, Fabio cheerfully admits that he was approached only after Enzo Mari pulled out and it begins: “It takes wisdom and cunningness to construct a sacred place for the Muses,” before going on to reference Goethe, Newton and various classical allusions.
It also includes the wonderful observation that: “There is only one Italian school of graphics, even though it has no proper structure, hardly surprising since the same could be said about everything connected with our dear old unpredictable country.”
The exhibition runs until February 24 2013.
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- Calypso Mahieu’s photography makes the simplest things sexy (some NSFW)
- Foster Huntington’s stop-motion short of an 80s Californian skate off
- Dax Norman’s weird and wobbly animations with “cigarettes and eyeballs a plenty”
- Photographer Evija Laivina explores the ridiculous reality of the beauty industry
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- Michael Bierut: 13 ways of looking at a typeface
- Uncle Ginger uses hypnotic shapes to animate the facts and feelings of bipolar disorder
- Michel Gondry’s John Lewis Christmas advert – Moz the Monster – is unveiled