Dorian X in ESPRIT MAGICIEN utilitarian objects for practical rituals curated by Patrizia Catalano and Maurizio Barberis

utilitarian objects for practical rituals curated by Patrizia Catalano and Maurizio Barberis
18- 23 April 2023 10.00 a.m. – 10.00 p.m.
La Fabbrica del Vapore – Sala Cisterna
Via Procaccini 4, Milano
Opening by invitation: Tuesday, April 18 from 6.00 p.m.– 10.00 p.m.

With Reading Collage by Silvia Sala freely taken from the works of Tristan Tzara and tarot reading by astrologer Massimo Giannone.
In collaboration with: La Fabbrica del Vapore, Assessorato alla Cultura del Comune di Milano / Milan City Council Culture Department The School of Architecture & Design, New York Institute of Technology, New York, USA Compagnia Teatro Colla, Milan Massimo Negri, Scientific Director of the European Museum Academy

HoperAperta, the project that brings together art, architecture, and craftsmanship, is now in its fifth edition, and is landing at Fabbrica del Vapore for Milano Design Week 2023, with the show ESPRIT MAGICIEN.
The large Cisterna Hall will be filled with pieces and objects that interpret the theme of object/figure, as explained by the curators of the show, Patrizia Catalano and Maurizio Barberis: “The utility of an object is determined by its metaphysical connotations, by the magic of a form intended as a figure, a connection which is not given to represent and its appearance in the physical world. ESPRIT MAGICIEN wants to be a collection of objects whose permanence in time (ephemeral or long-lasting), whose chance of becoming part of an era’s collective memory, depends entirely on the quality of its aura dimension. To give a figure means to give things another aspect, change its visibility, introduce it to the heterogeneous, the other: time. In this sense a chair or a photograph, a painting or a vase, are semantically homologated by a transitive yet immaterial function, by the condition of “absolute ephemerality” that manifests itself by filling them with a shared meaning that transcends their material condition.”
The show will propose an exchange on these themes between the participating artists and architects: Fabio Maria Alecci and Gianluca Esposito, Maurizio Barberis, Armando Bruno and Alberto Torres, Dorian X, Alfonso Femia, Cristina Fiorenza, Duccio Grassi, Alessandro Melis with Fadhil Fadhil and Monica Battistoni, NùeVù, Daniele Menichini, Aldo Parisotto, Steve Piccolo, Odilia Prisco, Sonia Ros, Davide Valoppi, Alberto Vannetti, Carmelo Zappulla. ESPRIT MAGICIEN also seeks to be drama, spectacle, and emotion. To achieve this, important players in the world of Milanese show business will also be participating.

The Compagnia Teatro Colla will display puppets created in 1960 for a production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest (translated for the occasion by Salvatore Quasimodo) through a special multimedia installation in collaboration with Steve Piccolo, Martina Barberis Casagrande, and Henry Thoreau.

Also, a special light installation by Antonangeli, curated by Gianfranco Marabese will be placed at the center of the hall, creating a display of aerial light, an homage to the spatialism of Lucio Fontana.

The works of ESPRIT MAGICIEN are created in collaboration with Antonangeli, Attico Interni, Candle store ANDREA MORAES, Casalgrande Padana, Cl Italia, Cromonichel, Marmi Faedo, Materica, Metallum, Nic Design, Noumena, Officine Tamborrino, Sprech, Zeus companies that embody excellence in the working and finishing of metal, stone, marble, and plexiglass and operate with a sustainable approach by adding value to the environment in which they operate.
On the occasion of Fuorisalone 2023, Hoperaperta will also have a special display at Cocciuto, a restaurant in Via Procaccini 33, a meeting point for lovers of fine cuisine. Cocciuto will host Arnolfini’s.

Hoperaperta will also partner with Medelhan, organizer of the Milano Design Night on April 19 th .

ESPRIT MAGICIEN is a project that exists within MATERIA, a format promoted by Fabbrica del Vapore on the occasion of Milano Design Week 2023, Comune di Milano’s Department of culture.



Hoperaperta Milano Design Week 2023 18 – 23 april 2023 Esprit Magicien utilitarian objects for practical rituals
curated by Patrizia Catalano and Maurizio Barberis Event production Martina Barberis Casagrande with Anastasija Gosevska

La Fabbrica del Vapore Sala Cisterna Assessorato alla Cultura del Comune di Milano Via Procaccini 4 open 10.00 a.m.– 10.00 p.m.

Opening: Tuesday, April 18th from 6.00 p.m.– 10.00 p.m.

In collaboration with:
Gianfranco Marabese, Antonangeli
Alessandro Melis, Idc Foundation Endowed Chair Professor
School of Architecture & Design, New York Institute of Technology
New York USA
Stefania Mannacio Colla, director of Teatro Colla, Milano
Massimo Negri, Scientific Director of the European Museum Academy
Andrea Schubert, Schubert Gallery, Milano
Gilda Contemporary Art, Milano
For the installation: Zeus, Milano
Food & Beverage: Cocciuto, Montelvini, Patatas Nana
via Cesare Correnti 15
20123, Milano
tel. +39 3922010424 @hoperaperta
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