AtolloArte. Homage to Vico Magistretti

Four contemporary art masters reinterpret the iconic Oluce lamp

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AtolloArte. Homage to Vico Magistretti
17/05/2018 - Oluce presents AtolloArte, a design curated by Nicola Di Battista and developed with the collaboration of the Fondazione Vico Magistretti, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Atollo iconic lamp.

Enzo Cucchi, Mimmo Paladino, Michelangelo Pistoletto and Ettore Spalletti – four contemporary art masters – have been asked to “pay tribute to Magistretti’s lamp by creating their own work which stems from the original and which also expresses their personal understanding of art”, says Nicola Di Battista.

 
About two years ago, when we tried to bring these same artists together with architects and, at that time, we had asked them to create works hosted inside real temporary architectural structures. The result was an exhibition entitled Arch and Art, building a small city in the gardens at the Milan Triennale, consisting of architectural works by David Chipperfield, Eduardo Souto de Moura, Hans Kollhoff, Michele De Lucchi and Francesco Venezia, to respectively contain, works by artist Michelangelo Pistoletto, Jannis Kounellis, Mimmo Paladino, Enzo Cucchi and Ettore Spalletti.

On this occasion, in order to celebrate the works of Vico Magistretti, we have turned to the same artists. Unfortunately, in the meantime, Jannis Kounellis has passed away and, for this reason, to date only four contributions are present.
Vico Magistretti

Vico Magistretti

Every single one of these four masters of contemporary art – Pistoletto, Paladino, Cucchi and Spalletti – have paid tribute, in their own way, to the Atollo lamp designed by Magistretti, by creating their own work, starting from the lamp itself and also expressing their own personal way of interpreting art.

The outcome of this exercise has produced proposals representing just as many points of view, very different from one another both in terms of shape and content; however, each of these is capable of expressing a certain concept of art in a clear, peremptory manner; it is however, also an observation on art, what it can do or what it also chooses not to do; from this, a sincere tribute to the iconic shape of the Atollo lamp emerges and not one just for show, broken down into the various artistic leanings of the artists taking part in this “game”, in an extremely serious, professional manner. Our heartfelt thanks go to them for this very reason.

Therefore we have those, such as Mimmo Paladino, who have profoundly focused on the shape of the lamp, by re-designing its entire spatial configuration and, in this way, creating a brand-new object; those, such as Ettore Spalletti, who add a slight mark on the perfect curve of the lamp that simply caresses it; or those, such as Michelangelo Pistoletto, who chose to give the original lamp another shape, urging us to critically reconsider the concept of artificial light itself; or finally, those such as Enzo Cucchi, who believe that the lamp just cannot be modified as it is formally perfect as it is; therefore he limits himself to re-designing only the packaging.
Unique, unrivalled works that, as a whole, create an exquisite artistic observation. Works capable of making us fully and masterly comprehend the complexity of a shape and, at the same time, the problems of the world surrounding it.
Omaggio alla Atollo di Vico Magistretti -Enzo Cucchi

Omaggio alla Atollo di Vico Magistretti -Enzo Cucchi

Finally, based on an idea by Enzo Cucchi – immediately approved by all the others – in addition to the four items of artwork, they decided to carry out also the missing fifth work, the one that should have been created by Jannis Kounellis. A tribute that the artists themselves wanted to pay to their late friend, involving also Jannis’ beloved partner, Michelle Coudray, who chose for us a drawing by Kounellis. This drawing, together with the others specifically created by his friends, made up the fifth work, the one that was missing from the list; in this way, becoming a tribute within a tribute”.

In addition to the designs by the artists taking part in the Atollo Arte project, the company has decided to pay tribute to the Atollo by producing a version of the famous lamp in portoro, the precious Italian marble from the Ligurian area of Porto Venere. This spectacular piece has been made from a single block of stone, carved and finished by Italy’s top master marble workers. The special use of portoro – with its intense black colour and golden veining - aimed to give the simple geometries of Magistretti’s lamp a more pronounced decorative and sculptural element, underlining the celebrative aspect of this model.


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Omaggio alla Atollo di Vico Magistretti -Michelangelo Pistoletto

Omaggio alla Atollo di Vico Magistretti -Michelangelo Pistoletto

Omaggio alla Atollo di Vico Magistretti -Mimmo Paladino

Omaggio alla Atollo di Vico Magistretti -Mimmo Paladino

Omaggio alla Atollo di Vico Magistretti -Enzo Cucchi

Omaggio alla Atollo di Vico Magistretti -Enzo Cucchi

Omaggio alla Atollo di Vico Magistretti -Enzo Cucchi

Omaggio alla Atollo di Vico Magistretti -Enzo Cucchi

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