EXHIBITION INFORMATIONBlow-Up: Graphic Abstraction in 1960s Design
will explore the emergence of large-scale abstract pattern and form in textiles, fashion, and furnishings of the 1960s, with an emphasis on Finland and Italy as centers of innovation. Referencing Italian filmmaker Michelangelo Antonioni
's 1966 fashion-steeped thriller of the same title, the exhibition features a selection of outsized, graphic objects in saturated colors that capture the youthful vitality that came to characterize the decade.
Drawn primarily from the collection, the exhibition will display a number of mint-condition Marimekko
textiles acquired in 1971 from the influential Finnish fabric and fashion company and garments by Finnish fashion mavens Vuokko Nurmesniemi and Annika Rimala in the collection of Stephens College. Also featured will be Gaetano Pesce
's UP 1 chair
, Ettorre Sottsass, Jr.
's massive red-and-white striped wardrobe Superbox
, and Boalum
, a six-and-a-half foot long serpentine lamp designed by Gianfranco Frattini
and Livio Castiglioni
extends the story of modern design in St. Louis that will be featured in the concurrent special exhibition St. Louis Modern
. Period photographs of the Marimekko factory taken by St. Louis photographer Martin Schweig and of a major Scandinavian design festival sponsored by Famous-Barr will highlight the role of local retailers in bringing pioneering Finnish and Italian design of the 1960s to St. Louis.
Blow-Up: Graphic Abstraction in 1960s Design
is curated by Genny Cortinovis, research assistant in the Department of Decorative Arts.