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OCT 19 2018 - MAY 15 2019

The exhibition incorporated Ponti’s contributions to architecture, industrial design, furniture design, lighting, glassware, ceramics, metalwork and interior design and included fittings commissioned for private homes, universities, cathedrals and ocean liners. Bringing together more than 500 pieces from the archives of Gio Ponti’s work, the show began with a recreation of the 1970 Taranto Cathedral's laced liked front inspired by paper cut-outs, before unfolding in chronological order into displays of his objects, furniture and architecture. The exhibition curators dived the main hall into five sections, featuring Ponti's commissions, furniture, lighting and textiles, and architectural projects. These were illustrated through drawings and papier-mâché models, as well as through photographs and film. The exhibition was designed, by Wilmotte & Associés and made use of the tremendous space and height of the museum’s hall. It included tall white room dividers intersected with large-scale reproductions of Ponti's work and photographs of the man himself. One area examined Ponti's collaborations with manufacturers such as Richard Ginori, Christofle and Fontana Arte, as well as with his collaborations with smaller artisan producers.

"A highlight of the exhibition which completed the exhibition was the six fully reconstructed period rooms"

A highlight of the exhibition which completed the exhibition was the six fully reconstructed period rooms. These recreations demonstrated the reach of Ponti's work globally. Each reconstructed room shed light on different period of his work. These rooms included the L'Ange Volant built outside Paris in 1926, the Montecatini building in Milan from a decade later, and the Great Hall at the Palazzo Bo, part of Padua University. At the end of the reconstructions were Gio Ponti's own homes on Via Dezza in Milan, Villa Planchart in the Venezualan capital of Caracas, and the white and blue interior of the Parco dei Principi hotel in Sorrento in the 1960s.

The exhibition is curated by Olivier Gabet, Dominique Forest and Sophie Bouilhet-Dumas along with Gio Ponti's nephew, Salvatore Licitra. It was the first of its kind in France were Gio Ponti’s name did not yet reach a wide audience as it did in other countries.

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