sotheby's curates first gaetano pesce retrospective in france in 15 years
sotheby's curates first gaetano pesce retrospective in france in 15 years
feb 07, 2014

sotheby's curates first gaetano pesce retrospective in france in 15 years

sotheby’s presents gaetano pesce – a poetic approach to design
‘chair, up’, 2013-2014
expanded polyurethane foam, fabrics
122 x 122 x 110 cm





gaetano pesce
sotheby’s galerie charpentier, paris
76 rue du faubourg saint-honoré
on now until februrary 15th, 2014


sotheby’s paris curates the first retrospective exhibition of gaetano pesce that france has seen in 15 years. supported and presented in association with B&B italia, the show offers a survey of the architect’s influential career which has spanned a majority of the second half of the 20th century (1969 onwards). curated by basia embiricos who was responsible for organizing a show of pesce’s resin jewellery in december 2012, this sotheby’s presentation highlights the diversity of the italian designer’s research and experimentation by offering a heterogenous overview of his works noting various phases of the creative process — from drawings and maquettes, to full-scale models pieces, to his most famous productions, accompanied by personal video interviews — giving further insight into the his theories. the curious selection of objects express pesce’s exploitation of new materials, colors and forms, and evidence his contribution to the development of italian design as we know it.

gaetano pesce sotheby's exhibition designboom
‘chair, up’, 2013-2014
wood from B&B
122 x 122 x 110 cm


gaetano pesce sotheby's exhibition designboom
‘table sanson’, 1980
poured polychrome polyester resin
72 x 200 x 150 cm


gaetano pesce sotheby's exhibition designboom
‘chair, senza fine unica’
200 x 140 x 110 cm


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maquette for ‘rag armchair’, 1970
rags, polyester resin
 21 x 24 x 28 cm


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(left): ‘palladio da padova’, 2007; high gloss white fibreglass; 260 x 130 x 37 cm
(right): ‘palladio da padova’ maquette, 2007; wood; 47 x 21 x 7 cm


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(left): ‘l’abbracio cabinet’, 2010; polyurethane resin, copper hinges, lacquered wood base; 240 x 150 x 100 cm
(right): ‘l’abbracio cabinet’ drawing, 2009; color pencil on paper; 32 x 50 cm


gaetano pesce sotheby's exhibition designboom
(left): ‘modern times again’ drawing, 1988; color pencil on paper; 51 x 73,5 cm
(right): ‘green street chair’ drawing, 1984; oil painting on cartridge paper; 212 x 150 cm


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