Inner space of Nanda Vigo

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.

Portrait of Nanda Vigo for the cover of Domus in 1985 © Gabriel Basilico – Archivio Nanda Vigo, Milan

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.

Lucio Fontana and Nanda Vigo, Installation view in Ambiente Spaziale: “Utopia”, Nella XIII Triennale di Milano, 1964-2022 © Fondazione Lucio Fontana, Milan / Reconstruction authorized by SIAE Vigo, July 7, 2022 to January 8, 2023, interior spaces, Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, Bordeaux © Photo Valérie Sadoun

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.

Exhibition Nanda Vigo, interior space from July 7, 2022 to January 8, 2023 at the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, Bordeaux © Valérie Sadoun

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.

Nanda Vigo, bedside table and chest of drawers shop, Acerbis Edition 1994-2022 – Courtesy of Acerbis / MDF Italia srl. disclosure Nanda Vigo, inner space From July 7, 2022 to January 8, 2023 Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, Bordeaux © Valérie Sadoun
Nanda Vigo, light of birth, 2006 – Courtesy of Archivio Nanda Vigo Exhibition Nanda Vigo, inner space From July 7, 2022 to January 8, 2023 Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, Bordeaux © Valérie Sadoun
Space dedicated to the collaboration between Nanda Vigo and the publisher Aredolus from 1968 to 1972.
Exhibition Nanda Vigo, interior space from July 7, 2022 to January 8, 2023 at the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, Bordeaux © Valérie Sadoun
Nanda Vigo, Ambiente Chronotopico, 1968-2021 – Courtesy of the Archivio Nanda Vigo Exhibition Nanda Vigo, Interior from July 7, 2022 to January 8, 2023 at the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, Bordeaux © Valéry Sadoun
Nanda Vigo, location trigger, 1974 – Courtesy of Private Collection Milano and Archivio Nanda Vigo
disclosure Nanda Vigo, inner space From July 7, 2022 to January 8, 2023 Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, Bordeaux © Valérie Sadoun
Nanda Vigo, Due più, 1971, tubolare cromato e pelo di mongolia nero, photo by Aldo Ballo, © Archivio Nanda Vigo, Milano

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