Elisava’s Library hosts an exhibition about Alchimia and Memphis studios, symbols of postmodern design

25 Jan 24 — 15 Apr 24
Location Elisava (La Rambla, 30-32), Library (4th floor)
Schedule From Monday to Thursday: 9 am to 8 pm
Friday: 9 am to 7 pm

Elisava’s library hosts ‘Memphis / Alchimia: 1979-1990’, an exhibition about two italian studios symbols of postmodern design.

Italian design in the 1980s was notable for its innovative, experimental, and often extravagant spirit. The authors of this renewing movement were Alessandro Mendini and Ettore Sottsass who led two highly influential design groups: Alchimia and Memphis.

Mendini founded Studio Alchimia in 1979 with the aim of going beyond the standards set by modern tradition. The studio sought new forms of expression by incorporating artistic and conceptual elements into their creations. One of the members of Alchimia was Ettore Sottsass, who in 1981 founded his own group called Memphis.

Memphis revolutionised the design world with its bold and colourful approach. His works are characterised by experimentation with unconventional materials, shapes, and colours as well as a playful and provocative attitude. The Memphis aesthetic has become a symbol of postmodern design.