ENZO MARI
Born in 1932 in Novara, Italy, Enzo Mari works in a number of different domains. All his projects, though, spring from the same idea: the concept of “form and design”. His work began in the 1950s with research into visual perception, on the “psychology of vision, systems of perception and methodologies of design”. He subsequently became one of the members of the “Arte Programmata e Cinetica” movement. In 1963, he became the coordinator of the Italian “Nuova Tendenza” group and, in 1965, organized its exhibition at the Zagreb Biennale. Alongside his artistic research, he launched his career as an industrial designer, expressing himself through graphic design and architecture. His research and projects have won him several accolades including four Compasso d’Oro from the ADI (Associazione per il Disegno Industriale).

Enzo Mari has taught at the Centre for Visual Communication Studies at the University of Parma, the Accademia Carrara, the Architecture Faculty at Milan Polytechnic, the Arts University of Berlin, the Institute of Industrial Arts of Florence (ISIA), and at the College of Applied Arts (Hochschule für Angewandte Kunst) in Vienna. He now works with several industrial companies (the most well-known include: Danese, Driade, Magis, Olivetti, Robots and Zanotta). His works can be found in several museums and private collections such as: the Archivio del Progetto at the University of Parma, the National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, the Kaiser Wilhelm Museum in Krefeld, the Kunstmuseum in Düsseldorf, and the Louvre in Paris.

Key exhibitions:
Modelli del reale, Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Repubblica di San Marino, 1988
Arbeiten in Berlin, Schloss Charlottenburg, Berlin, 1996
Tre Mostre di Enzo Mari, Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche, Faenza, 2000
Il lavoro al centro, Arts Santa Mònica, Barcelona, 1999
The Triennale in Milan, 2000
Enzo Mari, l’Arte del design, Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea (GAM), Turin, 2008

Installation view of 'The Intellectual Work' at Tanya Leighton Gallery


Installation view of 'The Intellectual Work' at Tanya Leighton Gallery


Beninning of the 1960s, Bologna,
215 grams, ebony;
small sculpture by a Japanese woodcarver, given by Dino Gavina to E.M.



End of the 1980s, Milan,
540 grams, cast iron, overprinted rubber and steel;
paperweight designed by E.M. for Danese.



1980s, Fossadello di Caorso (Brescia),
125 grams, steel;
sample of deep-drawing.



1960s, Milan,
395 grams, brass water tap fixed to an iron pulley.



1990s, Milan,
745 grams, iron;
component of an electric motor found in a dumping.



Beginning of the 1970s, Milan,
385 grams, iron;
component of an electric iron with a piece of wood fixed to it.



Beginning of the 1980s, Milan,
1625 grams, cast iron;
doorknocker from the front door of E.M.’s studio, picked up when the removed door was to be transported to the dumping.



End of the 1950s, Milan,
1045 grams, glass and brass;
inkstand from the beginning of the 20th century bought at the Fiera di Senigallia flea market in Milan for about 2 euro.



1990s, Nagasaki (Japan),
775 grams, forged iron;
wirepuller found near an abandoned railway.



1970s Anacapri (Naples),
495 grams, iron and brass;
leg of a flamingo sculpture originally placed on a fountain, completed with an old drawer knob.



End of the 1980s, Carrara,
560 grams, fragment of a multiple by Aldo Loris Rossi found in the workshop of a marble-cutter.



Mid-1990s, Berlin,
490 grams, aluminium, steel and plastic;
lever of a mechanic lathe found in the factory Königliche
Porzellan Manufaktur.



1970s, Milan,
1355 grams;
designed by E.M. for the promotion of an American multinational company of advertising.



Beginning of the 2000s, Tunisi (Tunisia),
1125 grams, metal alloy;
ancient paperweight bought from a suk for about 12 euro.



1990s, Levallois-Perret Cedex (France),
925 grams, printed glass,
fragment of a sculpture found among the production rejects of the Daum factory.



Beginning of the 1980s, Cogne (Aosta),
595 grams, slate;
fragment of an electric panel found in an abandoned mine.



1980s, Alsace (France),
140 grams, glass;
object found in the workshop of a French glassworks.



End of the 1950s, Milan,
2180 grams, iron;
cube used as a support during the drilling process of unfinished iron products; a gift by the forgeman to E.M.



Beginning of the 2000s, Milan,
980 grams, fossil shell given by Michele Mari to his father.



End of the 1980s, Carrara,
765 grams, white marble;
sample of drawing.



End of the 1950s, Milan,
1610 grams, forged iron;
junction from a scaffolding of Innocenti tubes,
picked up during the dismantling.



Enzo Mari in conversation with curator Barbara Casavecchia at designtransfer, UdK Berlin, 5 September 2011


Enzo Mari in conversation with curator Barbara Casavecchia at designtransfer, UdK Berlin, 5 September 2011


Enzo Mari in conversation with curator Barbara Casavecchia at designtransfer, UdK Berlin, 5 September 2011