Designer, architect and Italian artist, Nanda Vigo developed a transversal approach to art, space and objects throughout his life. Born in 1936 and died in 2020, It mixes glass, aluminum, mirrors or even neon lights In his experimental creations Asking space-time questions. The Museum of Decorative Arts and Design in Bordeaux is hosting its first monograph, which will be discovered until January 7, 2023.
Nanda Vigo, beyond the label
Born 1936, died 2020, and originally from Milan, Nanda Vigo trained at Ecole Polytechnique de Lausanne. It takes a transversal approach to art, architecture and design. A stakeholder in the avant-gardes, he creates objects, furniture and environments that combine matter and light. “I sought the dematerialization of objects by creating false visions, so that the space around the person is identified with the object itself.” He noted in 2006. He especially collaborated with the artist Lucio Fontana from 1959, but also with Piero Manzoni and Enrico Castellani. Nanda Vigo participated in numerous exhibitions in Europe of the Zero Movement, an international group of artists committed to artistic renewal founded in the sixties. The Museum of Decorative Arts and Design in Bordeaux is organizing the first monographic exhibition in Nanda Vigo, a tribute to this experimentally driven artist.
A scene between space and light
The exhibition “Nanda Vigo, interior space” takes place in the former Bordeaux Municipal Prison, dedicated to temporary design exhibitions at the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design of Bordeaux. In this atypical space, composed of two closed courtyards and thirteen former rooms, various environments created by Nanda Vigo are placed, as well as a series of iconic objects. Immersive, the scenery designed by ECAL graduate designer Bérangère Bussioz, complete with lighting created by Serge Damon, brings the artist into conversation with the people created. Courtyards and corridors are dedicated to installations where visitors wander, while cells represent the artist’s inspirations, collaborations and interior designs that he designed as an interior designer.
Iconic objects, interiors and environments
In the dark first interior courtyard, modules, boxes and sculptures contain Nanda Vigo’s “Chronotopo” and “Chronotopico” installations. They are made of superimposed and illuminated glass panels and question the concept of space-time. A red light enters the corridor separating this first space from the second. The spatial installation “Ambiente spaziale: “Utopia””, designed by the artist and Lucio Fontana, was first shown in the Tempo Libero exhibition at the Milan Triennale in 1964 and marked the peak of their collaboration. In the second courtyard, the “Trigger of Space” creation unfolds, illuminated pyramidal sculptures with reflections designed to interact with space. From cell to cell, the visitor discovers not only archival documents surrounding the Zero movement, but also a selection of the designer’s iconic objects and furniture, such as the Iceberg lamp, the Du Pew chair, and even the Bloc pouf. The exhibition “Nanda Vigo, Inner Space” thus invites the visitor to an alternative space where their perceptions are disturbed, faithful to the vision of the versatile artist.