DESIGN IS A STATE OF MIND, this time in Turin

22 ottobre 2014 in Events

Martino Gamper at Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli

The exhibition Design is a state of mind, curated by Martino Gamper, is a collaboration between Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli, Museion in Bolzano and the Serpentine Sackler Gallery; it was presented yesterday in Turin after a first time in London (

The exhibition is tightly related to Pinacoteca Agnelli’s mission: the study of different ways of collecting and of private collections and is based on the idea of accumulation, concept developed by the artist through his work. In the words of President Ginevra Elkann “Martino Gamper has the ability to speak and live the design in a simple way. …. This exhibition is a reflection of this vision.

Design is a state of mind will present a landscape of shelving systems, telling the story of design objects and their impact on our lives.
Martino Gamper tells the story of how it is not easy for a designer to realize an exhibition and how he designed an exhibition of objects and subjects. “There is no perfect design and there is no über-design. Objects talk to us personally. Some might be more functional than others, and the emotional attachment is very individual. This exhibition will showcase a very personal way of collecting and gathering objects – these are pieces that tell a tale”. – Martino Gamper

Design as history and as emotional connection: an extensive display of 40 libraries and shelving systems from the 1930s to the present day forms the backbone of the exhibition. The exhibition includes designs by some of the great designers of the last century as Charlotte Perriand, Franco Albini, Vico Magistretti, Ettore Sottsass, Alvar Aalto, Piero Fornasetti, Gamper himself and even IKEA. Each display system is also used to organise and exhibit collections of objects curated  from the personal archives of Gamper’s friends and colleagues as well as an extensive library of contemporary furniture manufacturing catalogues from around the world.  So you will see what they have on their shelves at home Enzo Mari, Ron Arad, Michael Marriot, Mats Theselius, Ernst Gamperl and other less known.
This exhibition explores, in fact, the intimate relationships we have with objects we accumulate across time because  ̶  as Martino says “design is a state of mind and body.”


Design is a state of mind
22/10/2014 – 22/02/2015
Pinacoteca Agnelli
via Nizza 230/130
1010126 Torino