The Italian Avant-Garde

Edited by Alex Coles and Catharine Rossi, the first volume of the EP collection launches 31 May at the ICA with a discussion between Martino Gamper, Carlo Caldini and the editors.

To celebrate the launch of the EP collection's first volume, The Italian Avant-Garde: 1968-1976 (Sternberg Press, 2013), the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London will host a discussion between architect Carlo Caldini , industrial designer Martino Gamper , and the book’s editors Alex Coles and Catharine Rossi, exploring the legacy of the radical Italian avant-garde.

While emphasizing the multiple correspondences between collectives and groups like Arte Povera , Archizoom , Superstudio , and figures such as Ettore Sottsass and Alessandro MendiniThe Italian Avant-Garde: 1968-1976 also highlights previously overlooked spaces, works, and performances generated by Zoo, Gruppo 9999 , and Cavart. Newly commissioned interviews and essays by historians and curators shed light on the era, while contemporary practitioners discuss its complex legacy.
On top: Paolo Lomazzi, Jonathan De Pas, and Donato D’Urbino, Joe armchair , 1968. Above: Alex Coles, Catharine Rossi (eds.), EP Vol. 1 — The Italian Avant-Garde: 1968–1976 , Sternberg Press, Berlin 2013

EP is the first critically underpinned series of publications that fluidly move between art, design, and architecture. The series creates a discursive platform between popular magazines (“single play”) and academic journals (“long play”) by introducing the notion of the “extended play” into publishing: with thematically edited pocket books as median.


31 May 2013, 13:00
EP Book Launch: The Italian Avant-Garde: 1968–1976
Institute of Contemporary Arts
The Mall, London

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