Tutti a Tavola!
Salone del Mobile 2010. An exhibition at Villa Reale, Via Palestro, Milan, 14 April – 9 May 2010
Each year Cosmit commissions a cultural event to support the Salone. The
location and theme of the event changes every year; in 2010 the theme is
the art of the kitchen and takes place at theVilla Reale, a magnificent
nineteenth-century neoclassical villa home to Milan’s Museum of Modern Art,
and the Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan’s most prestigious historic museum.
These two venues host a multi-media event telling the story of Italian
conviviality through a mosaic of multi-sensorial interventions based on
memories, historical imagery and the visionary talent of a wide range of
contemporary artists, designers, chefs and curators.
Tutti a Tavola! leads the visitor on a journey to rediscover the Italian
preoccupation with conviviality, from the Renaissance to the present day.
The expression “Everyone to the table!” brings to mind family, friendship,
well-being and togetherness. Sitting together around a table is a rite that is
typical of the Italian way of life, in which it is not simply the food that
matters but also the way it is presented, shared and consumed in company.
Within the setting of the two museums’ existing collections a series of
installations and projections will highlight and reinterpret exhibits that
celebrate the art of dining, from the most intimate family occasions through
to official receptions.
The centre piece of the Villa Reale is a giant dining table designed by David
Kohn Architects located in the courtyard. The table is dressed with a vase
taken from a painting by Morandi on display in the exhibition. The objects
are rendered at a scale that suggests the courtyard is a room or that the
table is a shelter – the visitor is at once Gulliver and Lilliputian.
David Kohn Architects has also used a lightweight scaffolding system by
Milanese company Fratelli Marinelli to create a variety of settings for
artworks on the ground and first floors of the villa. These range from
screens for projections, theatre-sets for puppets and small structures for
displaying wall hangings.
In one of the finest neo-Renaissance interiors of the Villa, David Kohn
Architects and Milanese fashion designer Colomba Leddi have created a
room within a room of silk curtains printed with fragments of the eighteenth
century painting “Il Banchetto in Casa Nani” by Pietro Longhi, which depicts
a feast in a Venetian palazzo on the occasion of a visiting dignitary. The
installation creates an environment based on the painted scene that visitors
can enter into and immerse themselves in the intricate detail given to the
description of the guests and the table setting.
Tutti a Tavola! is accompanied by a 150-page catalogue, edited by curator
Franco Laera, which features an essay by David Kohn on theatre and
Photos by © Tilde de Tullio and © Laura Ferrari//Change Performing Arts