MEMPHIS PLASTIC FIELD
MK Gallery, 2 December 2020 – 12 September 2021
MK Gallery, 900 Midsummer Blvd, Milton Keynes MK9 3QA
Designer: Various Designers
The exhibition at MK Gallery will feature the 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.
Memphis: Plastic Field at MK Gallery is a reinterpretation of the exhibition shown at Le musée des Arts décoratifs et du Design madd-bordeaux (2019) and Fondazione Berengo – Palazzo Franchetti, Venice (2018). The exhibition is produced in partnership with Memphis srl with exhibition design by IB Studio, Milan (Architects Isabella Invernizzi & Beatrice Bonzanigo).
Anthony Spira, Director of MK Gallery, said: “The Memphis Group dreamt of shattering the codes of the 20th century. Their vision was to drop a bomb on the rules of design and to renew the language of shapes and colours that make up our environment. As a result, Memphis changed the course of design, fashion, architecture, music and film. Founding Memphis member Martine Bedin wrote: “The same obsession always; can we imagine a new world by drawing another chair, another table, another light, another vase.” Following this call to action to ‘imagine a new world’, the Memphis group invites us to reconsider, reinvent, and rebuild a new visual language for the future”.