Ettore Sottsass  (Italian, 1917-2007) 


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Ettore Sottsass Biography
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
Selected 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
Selected 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
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