Carlo Mollino

Galleria d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea/Castello di Rivoli

I wonder what it would feel like to live in an interior designed by Carlo Mollino. Unsettling, presumably, since to do so would mean being at home with both Eros and Thanatos—the two forces we can never live comfortably with. This uneasy character is what sets Mollino apart from the other great designers of postwar Italy, with whom he shares a sense of elegance, sensuality, and irony; he worked much more closely than they did with the darker psychological sources of intense form. It is for this reason that his work—not only the astonishing photographs he took for his own pleasure (presented at the Castello di Rivoli) but also his furniture, architecture, and even cars and other projects (actual examples of which were shown alongside drawings and photographs at GAM)—should be considered that of an artist.

That Mollino, unlike contemporaries such as Giò Ponti and Achille Castiglione, rarely

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