Martino Gamper
Design is a state of mind

Martino Gamper

06/06 – 13/09/2015
Opening 05/06/2015, 7pm

Curated by Martino Gamper

In 2011 Martino Gamper (Merano 1971) designed the space on the ground floor of Museion: Passage. And now he will be returning to Museion as curator of the exhibition “design is a state of mind”. The show is presented in cooperation with the Serpentine Galleries in London (05/03/14 – 21/04/14) and the Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli, Turin (24/10/14 – 01/03/2015).
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. 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 Gaetano Pesce, Ettore Sottsass, Ercol, Giò Ponti and IKEA.

Each display system will also be 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. For the occasion, new shelving systems designed by Michael Marriott and Martino Gamper, co-produced by Serpentine Galleries, Museion and Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli, will be created.

 “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


Catalogue of the exhibition (in Italian and English) designed by Åbäke and Alex Rich. Edited by Martino Gamper, Rebecca Lewin, Jochen Volz and Melissa Larner. Published by Koenig Books, London, 2014.


For the collateral programme of the exhibition, please visit the page collateral events.



Museion thanks:

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Image: Martino Gamper, Book Show Case 2010 / 2014. Courtesy of Martino Gamper.
Foto: Andrea Guermani, courtesy Pinacoteca Agnelli.