Timeline

1917
Born in Innsbruck, Austria
1939
Graduated in architecture from the Turin Polytechnic
1945
Opened his own practice in Milan
1956
Invited to design furniture for Polotronova
1958
Appointed as design consultant to Olivetti’s new electronics division
1967
Co-founded the Planeta Fresco literary magazine with Allen Ginsberg
1973
Founded Global Tools design school with Archizoom and Superstudio
1980
Formed Memphis design collective
1981
Founded Sottsass Associati
2007
Ettore Sottsass died December 31st

Exhibitions

2012
Ettore Sottsass, A Survey: 1992-2007. Friedman Benda, New York, NY
2012
Ettore Sottsass: Keramik (Ceramic). Hetjens-Museum Dusseldorf, Deutches
2012
Keramikmuseum, Dusseldorf, Germany
2011
Postmodernism. Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK
2011
Shiro Kuramata and Ettore Sottsass. 21_21 Design Sight, Tokyo, Japan
2011
Enamels 1958. Kunsthal, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2010
European Design Since 1985. Shaping the New Century. High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
2010
Un Piccolo Omaggio a Mondrian. Friedman Benda, New York, NY
2009
European Design Since 1985: Shaping the New Century. Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN
2008–2009
Homage à Ettore Sottsass. Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
2008
Vorrei Sapere Perche, una mostra su Ettore Sottsass. Trieste Museum, Trieste, Italy
2008
Ettore Sottsass Archetypes 1965-1995. Friedman Benda, New York, NY
2008
Design Cities. Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Istanbul, Turkey
2008
5. Berlin Biennale für Zeitgenössische Kunst. Berlin, Germany
2007
Design contre Design—Deux siècles de creations. Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, Paris, France
2007
Ettore Sottsass. Ghent Museum, Ghent, Belgium
2007
Ettore Sottsass New Works 2005-2007. Friedman Benda Gallery, New York, NY
2007
Metafore. Gallerie Enrico Formello, Prato, Italy
2007
Ettore Sottsass A Life in Design. Design Museum, London, UK
2006
Ettore Sottsass: Architect and Designer. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, LA
2005
Ettore Sottsass. Museo d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Italy
2004
Ettore Sottsass. Museo di Capodimonte, Naples, Italy
2004
Ettore Sottsass. Barry Friedman Ltd., New York, NY
2004
US Design. 1975-2000. Traveling exhibition. Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, TN
2003
20 Years of Designs for Olivetti. Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
2003
Ettore Sottsass. Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Cologne, Germany
2003
Ettore Sottsass. Museo d’Arte Moderna, Rome, Italy
2003
US Design. 1975-2000. Traveling exhibition. Bass Museum of Art, Miami, FL (February-May); American Craft Museum, New York, NY (June-October)
2002
"Esercisi / Exercises --- New Ceramics & Prints by Ettore Sottsass, jr." (including the launch of his final book of images, "Esercisi/Exercises" by ACS Editions), URBAN ARCHITECTURE Gallery, NYC
2002
Biennale di Venezia
2001
Memphis Remembered. The London Design Museum, London, England
2000
Museum of Modern Art, Gifu, Japan
2000
Suntory Museum, Osaka, Japan
2000
Marugame Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan
2000
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
1999
Centro per l'Arte Contemporanea L. Pecci, Prato, Italy
1999
Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, Scotland
1999
Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, Netherlands
1999
Niitsu Art Forum, Niigata, Japan
1999
Living Design Center Ozone, Tokyo, Japan
1997
Gallery Binnen, Amsterdam, Netherlands
1997
Designed for Delight. Alternative aspects of twentieth-century decorative arts. Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull, Quebec, Canada; Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH; Montreal Museum of Decorative Arts, Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, France
1997
Muzeum Narodowe w Krakowie, Krakow, Poland; Die Neue Sammlung, Munich, Germany; J.B. Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA
1996
Gallery Bischofberger, Zurich, Switzerland
1996
Galleria Dessa, Ljubljana, Slovenia
1996
Gallery Ma, Tokyo, Japan
1996
Mourmans Gallery, Knokke, Belgium
1996
Design Gallery, Milan, Italy
1996
"TOTEMS --- Sculptures & Drawings by Ettore Sottsass, jr.", URBAN ARCHITECTURE Gallery, NYC
1996
Biennale di Venezia
1994
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
1994
Gallery Bischofberger, Zurich, Switzerland
1993
Ettore Sottsass: Adesso pero. Reisseerinnerungen. Deichtorhallen Museum, Hamburg, Germany
1993
La ultima oportunidad de ser vanguardia. Centre d'Art Santa Monica, Barcelona, Spain
1993
Vitra Design Museum, Weil-am-Rhein, Germany
1991
Energieen Exhibition. Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1991
Biennale di Venezia
1991
Il dolce Stilnovo della casa. Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, Italy
1990
Memphis 1981-1988. Traveling exhibition: Groninger Museum, Groningen, Netherlands; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
1989
Yamagiwa Art Foundation, Tokyo, Japan
1988
Bharata. Design Gallery, Milan, Italy
1987
Ettore Sottsass: Furniture for the Ritual of Life. Blum Helmann Gallery, New York, NY
1987
Documenta 8. Kassel, Germany
1985
Ceremonial Lights. Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
1985
Cooper-Hewitt Museum, New York
1985
XVII Milan Triennial, Milan, Italy
1983–1984
Design Since 1945. Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
1982
Materialidea. Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy
1981
Axis Galley, Tokyo, Japan
1980
Forum Design, Linz, Austria
1978
Biennale di Venezia
1976
Golden Eye: An International Tribute to the Artisans of India. Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York, NY
1976
Design Zentrum, Berlin
1976
Biennale di Venezia
1976
Ettore Sottsass Jr. De l’objet fini à la fin de lobjet. Musée des Arts décoratif, Paris, France
1976
Centro de Diseño Industrial, Barcelona, Spain
1976
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
1976
Visual Art Board, Sidney, Australia
1975
Architectural Studies and projects. Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
1972
The New Domestic Landscape. Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
1969
Paesaggio per una pianeta fresco. Sverige Arckitecturmuseum, Stockholm, Sweden
1969
Ceramiche tantriche. Galleria la Nuova Loggia, Bologna, Italy
1969
Ceramiche di fumo. Galleria il Sestante, Milan, Italy
1969
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
1968
Design Center, Milan, Italy
1968
Museum of Modern Art, New York
1968
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
1967
Ceramiche sbagliate. Poltronova, Italy
1967
Ettore Sottsass Jr. La Bertesca, Genoa, Italy
1967
Menhirs, Ziggurat, Stupas, Hydrant & Gas Pumps. Galleria Sperone, Genova, Italy
1966
Centro Fly Casa, Milan, Italy
1965
Galleria Sperone, Turin, Italy
1965
Le belle ragazze. Libreria Feltrinelli, Milan, Italy
1965
La Casa abitata. Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, Italy
1964
Offerta a Shiva. Galleria Aquilone, Florence, Italy
1964
Galleria il Sestante, Milan, Italy
1964
Galleria Tornabuoni, Florence, Italy
1963
Biennale d'Arte Contemporanea. Bari, Italy
1963
Ceramiche delle Tenebre. Galleria il Sestante, Milan, Italy
1961
New York from Italy. Bolles Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1961
Goldsmit's Hall, London
1960
XII Milan Triennial. Milan, Italy
1958
Galleria il Sestante, Milan, Italy
1957
XI Milan Triennial. Milan, Italy
1957
Galleria il Sestante, Milan, Italy
1955
Galleria del Naviglio, Milan, Italy
1955
Galleria del Cavallino, Venice, Italy
1954
X Milan Triennial. Milan, Italy
1946
Palais des Beaux-Art, Parigi
1946
XVII Milan Triennial, Milan, Italy

Public Collections

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Neues Museum, Nuremberg, Germany
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Netherlands
Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK
Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, NY
Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
Design Museum, London, England
Design Museum, Ghent, The Netherlands
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Musée des Arts Décoratifs de Montreal, Montreal, Canada
Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris, France
Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Italy
Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY

Literature

2002
M. Carboni, B. Radice, Ettore Sottsass. Metaphors, Skirà, Milano
2002
M. Carboni, B. Radice, Ettore Sottsass: scritti 1946/2002, Neri Pozza Editore, Milano
1996
F. Ferrari, Ettore Sottsass: tutta la ceramica, Allemandi, Torino
1994
A.V., Ettore Sottsass, Centre Georege Pompidou, Paris
1993
H. Hoger, Ettore Sottsass jr., Wasmuth, Berlin
1993
B. Radice, Ettore Sottsass, Electa, Milano
1991
P. Thomé, Ettore Sottsass Jr. De l'object a l'environment, Ginevra
1991
J. Burney, Ettore Sottsass, Trefoil, Londra
1990
A.V., Ettore Sottsass: drawings over four decades, Ikon, Frankfurt
1987
G. De Bure, Ettore Sottsass Jr, Rivages, Paris
1985
G. Sambonet, Ettore Sottsass: mobili e arredamenti, Mondadori, Milano
1982
P. Sparke, Ettore Sottsass Jr., Design Council, London
1981
B. Radice, Memphis: the new international style, Electa, Milano
1976
A.V, Ettore Sottsass: de l'object fini a la fin de l'object, M. Art Decoratif, Paris