Article from the 2011-10-18
In The Munich house of arts there is the exposition "Maniera Moderna" at the moment. The exposition is about the facets rich work of the Italian architect, designer and photographer Carlo Mollino (1905-1973), also famous as literate, arts-pilot and skier.
The exposition "Maniera Moderna" is the first all-including presentation of Carlo Molino's work in Germany. Also his photomontages and polaroids - as well as the racing car "Bisiluro" which has been built after a design of Molino and participated at the 24h race in Le Mans in 1955 - there are drawings and furniture viewable. Besides the historic original designs, also interventions of artists such as Nairy Baghramian, Armin Linke and Simon Starling are presented, referring to Molino.
Molino is an exceptional figure inside of modern art. He was trained as architect in the Italian rationalism of the 1920s and influenced by the Paris surrealists. However, soon works of his are characterized by an individual mannerism: opposite forms and techniques meet as surrealist mountings. That is how Molino unifies traditional building forms such as the block building construction with the modern steel-concrete skeleton construction.
Also Molino's photography follows surrealist techniques, in forms of photomontage of artificial portraits and still-life, reminding of Man Ray. Molino designs complex interiors which he equips as film-sets and where he photographs feminine nudes for years for his highly staged pictures.
Carlo Molino's motivation was the production of strong images since the beginning - an aim which has his whole artistic creation behind: the afterwork of photography by retouch and collage becomes more important than photographing itself, the medial picture as well as important as the built room.
The same principle counts for Molino's furniture which always also expose a picture-like autonomy as artwork despite of their functionality. Desired as collectors' pieces, they act as if they were sculptures today: chairs can look like deers, backrests like skis, rips of tables like human vertebral columns.
The exposition "Maniera Moderna" is viewable in the Munich house of arts until the 8th of January. Find information about opening times and transport on the homepage of the House of arts (German site).