Ettore Sottsass (Italian (born Austria), Innsbruck 1917–2007 Milan)
Rossi e Arcandi, Vicenza
H. 12, Diam. 13-7/8 in. (30.5 x 30.5 cm)
Gift of Ronald S. Kane, 1992
Not on view
Produced for Memphis, this centerpiece is an example of Sottsass’s designs that engage the user. Is Murmansk a reference to the city in Russia? Are the zigzag columns a reference to Russian steppes? Or is the manipulation of the silver simply a subversion of a traditional columnar form? The refraction of light permitted by the zigzag forms distorts the reflected images in the manner of a fun-house mirror, elevating the fruit bowl to the iconic status of Pop art.
Memphis Milano (until 1986; sold in 1986 to Kane); Ronald S. Kane, New York (1986–92; his gift to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Century of Design, Part IV: 1975-2000," June 25, 2001–January 6, 2002, no catalogue.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Modern Design," March 30–December 3, 2006, no catalogue.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Masterpieces of Modern Design: Selections from the Collection," May 30–October 5, 2008, no catalogue.
Hans Höger. Ettore Sottsass, Jun.: Designer, Artist, Architect. Tübingen, 1993, pl. 76.
Jane Adlin in "Recent Acquisitions: A Selection, 1992–1993." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 51 (Fall 1993), p. 83, ill.
Dennis P. Doordan in Ronald T. Labaco. Ettore Sottsass: Architect and Designer. Exh. cat., Los Angeles County Museum of Art. London, 2006, p. 66, fig. 58 (color) (Max Palevsky collection).
Patrizia Ranzo. Ettore Sottsass. Ed. Andrea Branzi. Milan, 2011, ill. p. 13 (color).