28 marzo 2014 in Events

Martino Gamper at Serpentine Galleries

The influential London-based Italian designer Martino Gamper was invited by Serpentine Galleries to curate a new exhibition at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery. The title of the exhibition is “Design is a state of mind” and it will present a landscape of shelving systems, telling the story of design objects and their impact on our lives. This is the second major design exhibition staged by the Serpentine, following Design Real curated by Konstantin Grcic in 2009.

Martino Gamper, who studied sculpture under Michelangelo Pistoletto at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and later completed a Masters at the Royal College of Art in London where he studied under Ron Arad, said about the exhibition: “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.”

An extensive display of shelving systems from the 1930s to the present day will form the backbone of the exhibition. Ranging from historic design classics and one-off pieces, to industrial, utilitarian, contemporary and newly commissioned work, the exhibition will include designs by . Each display system will also be used to organize 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.
Among the designers whose collections will be displayed are: Enzo Mari, Paul Neale, Max Lamb & Gemma Holt, Jane Dillon, Michael Marriott, Sebastian Bergne, Fabien Cappello, Adam Hills, Michael Anastassiades, Andrew McDonagh & Andreas Schmid, Daniel Eatock and Martino Gamper himself.

The exhibition is presented in collaboration with Museion in Bolzano (12 June – 06 September 2015) and Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli in Turin (24 October 2014 – 01 March 2015) and runs at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery until the 18th of May 2014.


Martino Gamper: Design is a state of mind
5 March – 18 May 2014
Serpentine Sackler Gallery
West Carriage Drive, Kensington Gardens, London