Sixty Designer Lamps from 1950 to 1990

Museum of Arts and Crafts, Zagreb February 15 – March 18, 2018

The Museum of Arts and Crafts in collaboration with the Italian Institute for Culture in Zagreb presents to the Croatian public outstanding examples of Italian design in the field of home lighting from the early 1950s to the end of 90s of the 20th century from the Cortopassi Collection. The exhibition curaton is signed by Studio Archeo 900 from Ferrara.


Italian Light, Sixty Designer Lamps from 1950 to 1990, an exhibition in three parts covers the period from the onset of the fifties until late nineties of the twentieth century.

  1. – 1965.

Lamps from the early ’50s mark the experimental use of new lighting sources and those from the early ‘60s, insist on rigorous functionalism…
Some of the designers of this period are: Vico Magistretti, Gae Aulenti, Sergio Asti, Ana Monti, BBPR…

  1. – 1980.

Design evolves in various theoretical directions: conceptual and critical design – E. Sottsass Jr., Archizoom and Superstudio; pop matrics – Mario Bellini and Sergio Asti; scientific and experimental approach of the movement Arte Programmata – Gruppo Dam, Gruppo ARDITI, New Lamp of Mario Vento.

  1. – 2000.

The works of members of Alchemy and Memphis – Ettore Sottsass Jr., Alessandro Mendino, Matteo Thun and Michele De Lucchi; postmodernist projects by Aldo Rossi, Kazuiki Takahama, material eclecticism by Toni Cordero, and dramatic symbolism by Gaetano Pesce represent this period.