DOLCE STIL NOVO
The title of our exhibition refers to a poetic movement which took place in Italy and particularly in Florence in the thirteenth century. The movement was fundamental in giving to Italian literature a new direction towards a more refined and noble expression.
This is the Mission of our exhibition: to represent the way Italian art design and fashion is developing in its more refined expressions.
“Dolce” translated in English: sweet, but the Italian meaning of dolce is a more complex one: it has a feeling of comfort and a feeling of coziness and so is in our exhibition: a definite desire to make the living ambiance comfortable and cozy, a real cocoon where to relax and enjoy your privacy. ”Stil” is Style: something that Italians have acquired through the years, to be identified with a luxury image known by the world over and which has inspired a multitude of artists and designers. “Novo”, new: because everything in the exhibition is contemporary, is what you can buy now for your dream ethical setting for a home where design and creativity are a must and the objects can be bought tomorrow if so someone wishes.
The history of Italian design is a long one but we can think in terms of contemporary design starting from the famous exhibition New Italian Domestic Landscape that took place in 1972 in New York at MoMa. From that exhibition Italy emerged as a dominant product design force, role which has kept till today. The common belief being that is possible to improve the quality of life by improving our physical environment. There has been a definite change in the patterns of life style: more informal social and family relationships and a major financial improvement. There must be a bond between the man and its nest, not only based on use and functionality. The house must be built before we can think of development or big metropolis.
Our first memories are located in the house we lived as children, the garden where we played; the feeling we derived from our growing in a certain atmosphere will somehow have a strong influence in the way we will develop.
The house is really a stage where our life takes place and so is our exhibition, a stage where certain points represent the reality and others the dream. The exhibition represents an ideal concept of The Italian way of living through an exhibit of art, fashion and design objects which can give an image and a feeling of Italian lifestyle.
Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts,
30 July 2011 - 30 October 2011