The exhibition Piero Fornasetti – 100 Anni di Follia Pratica (100 Years of Practical Madness) at the Triennale di Milano is held on the occasion of the centenary of Piero Fornasetti’s birth. It is the first comprehensive overview of the artist’s work, curated by his son Barnaba Fornasetti.
Fornasetti (1913–1988) was a Milanese painter, sculptor, interior decorator and engraver, as well as art gallery manager and exhibition promoter. Gifted with a multi-faceted and complex personality, he designed and made approximately 13,000 objects, out of which 700 are on display in the exhibition.
The exhibition walks the visitor through the artist’s beginnings as a painter, his book printing workshop, his close collaboration with Gio Ponti in the 1950s and 1960s, and the harsher 1970s and 1980s where the ruling rationalist dogma of functionality in architecture and design confined Fornasetti to a marginal role, but was never able to restrain his endless creativity.