Memphis: Plastic Field




A major survey of the influential 80s design movement Memphis takes place at MK Gallery in Milton Keynes this autumn. The exhibition, Memphis: Plastic Field explores the subversive and irreverent spirit of the Memphis Group, bringing together over 150 of the collective’s most significant works whose bold and playful aesthetic pushed boundaries and sparked a new era in international design.

Founded by Italian designer and architect Ettore Sottsass, Memphis brought together an international collective of young designers united in their desire to inject humour into the design world and shatter the codes of the 20th century. When the group debuted its first collection at Milan’s Salone del Mobile in 1981 it caused a sensation, breaking the rules of streamlined modernism and challenging notions of functionality and good taste.

Their furniture was colourful, kitsch and geometric, drawing on Pop Art, Bauhaus and Art Deco to create an entirely new aesthetic full of punch and vitality.

The exhibition at MK Gallery features iconic designs created by the Memphis Group between 1981 – 1988, including work by important contributors such as Shiro Kuramata, Michele De Lucchi, Nathalie Du Pasquier, Martine Bedin, George Sowden, Michael Graves, Javier Mariscal, Marco Zanini, Aldo Cibic and Peter Shire.

Duration 02 December 2020 - 12 September 2021
Times Tuesday – Saturday 11am–7pm Sunday 11am–5pm - advance booking required
Cost £9.35 with Gift Aid / £8.50 standard - advance booking required
Venue MK Gallery
Address 900 Midsummer Blvd Milton Keynes MK9 3QA, ,
Contact +44 (0)1908 676 900 / info@mkgalery.org / www.mkgallery.org/

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