A meeting of the Memphis group in Asolo, Italy, December 1983
(founder Ettore Sottsass is fifth from the left) © Courtesy Memphis Srl
So far, Memphis is the most recent design movement with global influence.
In the late 1970s, it came into being, because it stood against modern design’s ignorance of human nature and emotion.
Its work represented a temporal rupture of the dominant functionalist tendencies that existed in these days, affirming a more sensorial and iconic approach.
Memphis subsequently developed into a company with an international distributive network for the making of furniture and objects designed by some twenty architects and designers from all over the world.
40 years later, tremendous changes have taken place in technology, economy and society, but our inquiry into human, human nature and human value has never vanished, and even more meaningful than ever. Professor Aldo Cibic, the youngest founder of Memphis, has become a design master with global impact. As the curator of the exhibition, Aldo wants to introduce a new discussion on human value in this era of artificial intelligence: it involves human emotion and human dignity.
《金融时报》近期也对孟菲斯运动做了专题报道。赞赏其在世界各地的馆藏作品，几十年来仍然色彩生动如初，一直受到大众追捧。孟菲斯运动虽然结束了，但是孟菲斯精神将与我们同在。“Has there ever been any worse design than Memphis? Or any better? The movement might be over but Memphis is still very much with us.”——《Financial Times》
Show-off style: the Memphis collection at Milan’s Post Design Gallery
© Luca Miserocchi, Courtesy Memphis Srl
策展人寄语／Message from the Curator
“On this occasion, I find myself in the strange situation of being both the curator and a witness of the whole story, as one of the founders of this movement.
Everything began with Sottsass, who was 64 years old at the time – the same age I am now – and surrounded himself with a group of young people, not even in their thirties. Apart from this group, he also called on friends around the world who were ready to do something that would make a break with the past. They included outstanding names in architecture, like Michael Graves, Hans Hollein, Arata Isozaki, and even the great Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake.
When the first Memphis collection was presented in Milan in September 1981, composed of furniture, objects and decorations on various materials, it was as if the expectation of change that was in the air had taken on material form. It was something no one had ever seen before: in a period in which functionalism was the dominant culture, Memphis represented a breakthrough, encouraging a more sensorial and iconic approach.
My feeling is that the energy that you sense in Shanghai today is in some way the same that could be felt in Milan at that time; today, however, it is not about a revolutionary disruption of design, but about a way of putting together technology, humankind and the earth.
40 years later, this small but precious exhibition can remind us that we need to have the courage to believe in a vision that does not let itself be influenced by the market, but by the need to express the spirit of the times.
一切都始于意大利设计师埃托尔·索特萨斯（Ettore Sottsass）。那时他已经64岁了，和我现在年龄一样，一群不到三十多岁的年轻人跟随着他。除了身边的人，他还联络了世界各地踌躇满志的朋友，准备一起做一些与过去决裂的大事。他们之中包括不少建筑界的杰出人物，如迈克尔·格雷夫斯（Michael Graves）、汉斯·霍尔莱因（Hans Hollein）、矶崎遥田（Arata Isozaki），甚至还有伟大的日本时尚设计师三宅一生（Issey Miyake）。首个孟菲斯展于1981年9月在米兰展出，展品由家具、物件和各种材料制成的装饰品组成。那时，弥漫在空气中的、对变革的渴望彷佛落为目所能及的现实。在功能主义主导文化的时代，孟菲斯主义是前人闻所未闻的，它鼓励更具感知性的、标志性的设计方式，是一次全新的突破。
November 27 – December 25, 2020
11.27-12.05 四平路1230号同济大学建筑设计研究院1楼 (11.27日13：30-17：00，11.28-12.05日 9：00-17：00）
12.06-12.25 四平路1239号同济大学运筹楼1楼展厅(9：30-17：00 仅向同济大学校内师生开放）
2020.11.27-December 05, 2020
First Floor, Tongji Architectural Design (Group) Co., Ltd., 1230 Siping Rd.
December 06-December 25, 2020 (*Open to Tongji University faculty and students)
Exhibition Hall, First Floor, Yunchou Building, Tongji University, 1239 Siping Rd.
承办单位：Cibic Workshop, Memphis Srl
Organizer: Cibic Workshop, Memphis Srl
Co-organizer: Sino-Italian Campus at Tongji University
College of Design and Innovation at Tongji University
Sponsor: Tongji Architectural Design (Group) Co., Ltd.,
Appreciation also goes to the following members of the curation team
Exhibition Coordination: WANG Ruiyan
Translation: XU Guannan, YU Zhou, YANG Man
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