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Sugar bowl

Mario Bellini (Italian, born Milan 1935)

Manufacturer:
Cleto Munari
Date:
1980
Medium:
Silverplate and rose quartz
Dimensions:
4 5/8 x 4 5/8 x 2 1/2 in. (11.7 x 11.7 x 6.4 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
Gift of Cleto Munari, 1990
Accession Number:
1990.96.1
  • Description

    Although trained as an architect, Bellini is known less for his buildings than for his product designs; he is one of the most influential Italian designers working today. This tea and coffee service, a prototype for the silversmith Cleto Munari, reveals Bellini's strong architectural background. All its elements are reduced to minimal geometry: squares, circles, cylinders, a hemisphere. The abstract severity of the individual pieces is offset by the richness of the materials, and the overall effect is monumental. The tea- and coffeepots, set within palisades of rose-quartz columns, call to mind the peristyles of circular Roman temples. Postmodernist designers customarily refer to a classical past through the use of historical detail. Bellini, however, suggests the discipline of classical architecture through form alone, without using any sort of conventional ornament.

  • Exhibition History

    London. Victoria and Albert Museum. "Postmodernism: Style and Subversion, 1970–1990," September 24, 2011–January 15, 2012, no. 88.

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    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
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