Nanda Vigo’s inner space

Designer, architect and Italian artist, Nanda Vigo developed throughout his life a transversal approach to art, space and object. Born in 1936 and died in 2020, it mixes glass, aluminum, mirror or even neon light in his experimental creations question space-time. The Museum of Decorative Arts and Design in Bordeaux organizes its first monograph, a tribute to be discovered until January 7, 2023.

Portrait of Nanda Vigo, for the cover of Domus in 1985 © Gabriele Basilico – Archivio Nanda Vigo, Milan

Nanda Vigo, beyond labels

Born in 1936, died in 2020 and originally from Milan, Nanda Vigo was educated at the École Polytechnique de Lausanne. It adopts a transversal approach to art, architecture and design. She is interested in the avant-garde and creates objects, furniture and environments that bring matter and light together. “I sought the dematerialization of the object through the creation of false perspectives, so that the space around the person looking identifies with the object itself” she specified in 2006. She collaborated especially with the artist Lucio Fontana from 1959, but also with Piero Manzoni and Enrico Castellani. Nanda Vigo participates in several exhibitions in Europe of the ZERO movement, an international group of artists engaged in artistic renewal, founded in the sixties. The Museum of Decorative Arts and Design in Bordeaux organizes the first monographic exhibition on Nanda Vigo, a tribute to this artist driven by experimentation.

Lucio Fontana and Nanda Vigo, view of the installation Ambiente spaziale: “Utopia”, nella XIII Triennale di Milano, 1964-2022 Reconstruction authorized by © Fondazione Lucio Fontana, Milan / by SIAE / Adagp, Paris, 2022 © Archivio Nanda Vigo Exhibition Nanda Vigo , the interior space from 7 July 2022 to 8 January 2023 Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, Bordeaux © photo Valérie Sadoun

A scenography between space and light

The exhibition “Nanda Vigo, interior space” takes place in the former Bordeaux Municipal Prison, dedicated to temporary design exhibitions at the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design in Bordeaux. In this atypical space, consisting of two closed courtyards and thirteen former cells, the different environments created by Nanda Vigo are deployed, as well as a number of iconic objects. Immersive, the scenography designed by Bérangère Bussioz, designer trained at ECAL, completed with the lighting created by Serge Damon, brings the spaces of the museum into dialogue with those created by the artist. The courtyards and corridor are dedicated to installations where visitors wander, while the cells present the artist’s inspirations, collaborations and interiors that she designed as an interior designer.

Exhibition Nanda Vigo, interior space from 7 July 2022 to 8 January 2023 Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, Bordeaux © Valérie Sadoun

Iconic objects, interiors and environments

In the first inner courtyard, thrown into the darkness, “Cronotopo” and “Cronotopico” are the installations of Nanda Vigo, between the module, the box and the sculpture. Made of superimposed and illuminated glass panels, these question the concept of space-time. A red light permeates the corridor that separates this first room from the second. The spatial installation “Ambiente spaziale: “Utopia””, designed by the artist and Lucio Fontana, was first shown at the Tempo Libero exhibition at the Milan Triennale in 1964 and marked the peak of their collaboration. In the second courtyard, the “The Trigger of Space” creation unfolds, luminous pyramidal sculptures with reflections designed to interact with space. From cell to cell, the visitor not only discovers archival documents about the ZERO movement, but also a selection of the designer’s iconic objects and furniture, such as the Iceberg lamp, the Due Più chair or even the Blocco pouf. The exhibition “Nanda Vigo, inner space” thus invites the visitor to an alternative space where their perceptions are disturbed, true to the multifaceted artist’s approach.

Nanda Vigo, bedside tables and chest of drawers large, Acerbis Edition 1994-2022 – Courtesy of Acerbis / MDF Italia srl. Exposure Nanda Vigo, the inner space from 7 July 2022 to 8 January 2023 Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, Bordeaux © Valérie Sadoun
Nanda Vigo, genesislight, 2006 – On loan from Archivio Nanda Vigo Exhibition Nanda Vigo, the inner space from 7 July 2022 to 8 January 2023 Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, Bordeaux © Valérie Sadoun
Space dedicated to the collaboration between Nanda Vigo and the publisher Arredoluce from 1968 to 1972
Exhibition Nanda Vigo, interior space from 7 July 2022 to 8 January 2023 Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, Bordeaux © Valérie Sadoun
Nanda Vigo, Ambiente Cronotopico, 1968-2021 – Courtesy of the Archivio Nanda Vigo Exhibition Nanda Vigo, interior space from 7 July 2022 to 8 January 2023 Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, Bordeaux © Valérie Sadoun
Nanda Vigo, Trigger of the room, 1974 – On loan from private collection Milano & Archivio Nanda Vigo
Exposure Nanda Vigo, the inner space from 7 July 2022 to 8 January 2023 Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, Bordeaux © Valérie Sadoun
Nanda Vigo, Due più, 1971, tubolare cromato e pelo di mongolia nero, photo by Aldo Ballo, © Archivio Nanda Vigo, Milan

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