This fall the Kunstmuseen Krefeld are proud to present a major retrospective dedicated to the Italian artist and designer Enzo Mari (*1932, Novara, Italy), one of the world’s most influential designers and theorists. The exhibition was originally developed for the Triennale Milano (Apr.-Sep. 2020) by the internationally renowned curator Hans Ulrich Obrist. It will then come to the Kaiser Wilhelm Museum in Krefeld, where – in collaboration with museum director Katia Baudin –, it will be adapted and enhanced with additional works, in particular from the museum’s collection. As the first comprehensive exhibition dedicated to Enzo Mari to be shown in Germany, the retrospective will allow visitors to discover his groundbreaking and experimental works.
This exhibition reflects the Kunstmuseen Krefeld’s programmatic focus on interactions between art and design, exploring the legacy of the Werkbund and the Bauhaus from a contemporary perspective. Enzo Mari has continuously crossed the borders between art and design as a prolific creator of sculptures, furniture, everyday objects, toys and book design. In the 1960’s, the Kaiser Wilhelm Museum was one of the first museums in Germany to purchase works by Enzo Mari, repositioning them in the context of the ZERO movement. In conjunction with the Mari retrospective at the Kaiser Wilhelm Museum, selected contemporary artists and designers will be invited to present new works at Haus Lange which reflect upon Mari’s legacy and continued relevance. Designed by Mies van der Rohe, the former villa Haus Lange (1927-30) has been part of the Kunstmuseen Krefeld since 1955, showcasing internationally recognized, site-specific projects.
The exhibition is organized in cooperation with the Triennale Milano.
Curators of the Krefeld exhibition: Hans Ulrich Obrist, Katia Baudin