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Friday, May 15, 2009

"Walking through the poppies" by Alessandro Loschiavo-

Celebrating the week of Design in New York

"Rapple - Rap - Design" by Chiara Rapaccini


Celebrating the week of Design in New York

Celebrating the week of Design in New York:

Rapple – Rap – Design

An exhibition of paintings, sculptures and design by Chiara Rapaccini.

On the occasion US premiere screening of  “Vicino al Colosseo c`é Monti”, a documentary by Mario Monicelli , written by Chiara Rapaccini, produced by Gianvito Casadonte.

RAP, after graduating in pedagogy at the University of Florence, becomes illustrator and writer of books for children, sculptor, painter and since 2007, objects and furniture designer. Her iron and wood sculptures, including the latest “africane”, the joyful assembly of  shapes and colours, the anthropomorphic furniture, the large and small acrylics, tell about the ups and small daily adventures of adults and children with an ironic eye, sometimes spiteful.

Rap lives in Rome next to the Colosseo and teaches illustration for children at the European Institute of Design in Rome. Her works have been exhibited in Rome, Milan, Venice, Tokio Osaka, Paris. She presented at the latest “Salone internazionale del mobile” of Milan, april 2009, her first RAP collection – objects for ROBOTS.

Walking through the poppies

Site specific installation by the Italian designer Alessandro Loschiavo.

On the occasion of New York Design Week 2009, the Italian Cultural Institute, is presenting an installation by Alessandro Loschiavo entitled WALKING THROUGH POPPIES. Visitors to the Institute’s gallery in Park Avenue will find themselves facing an artificial poppy field and having to cross a path made between two irregular hedges of red corollas almost suspended in mid-air. The airflows generated by the visitors passing will cause the stems and corollas to vibrate, making the naturalistic simulation more effective. The installation seeks to be an image of springtime lightness and carefree relaxation, in a time of economic difficulties and generalized social tensions. The preparation will be made up with a hundred or so Fiordifoto samples, the photo-holder flower designed by Loschiavo for Aliantedizioni.


Alessandro Loschiavo was born in 1966 in Rome, where he graduated on the Industrial Design course of the I.S.I.A.  

For four consecutive years (2004-2007) he won a Good Design Award, from the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design, while one of his projects forms part of the Permanent Collection of Design at the Trienniale in Milan. His works have been presented in numerous museum and gallery exhibitions in Europe, the United States, China and Japan, and have appeared in prestigious publications on four continents. Apart from Aliantedizioni, he also collaborates with other Italian and foreign companies as an external designer or design consultant. He has lived and worked in Milan since the year 2000.

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Exhibitions on view through May 29, 2009




Date: Friday, May 15, 2009

Hours: 6:00 pm

Venue: Institute of Italian Culture, 686 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10065

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