Art is divine


Lo Stile

Alessandra Cenna



Du 19 octobre 2018 au 10 février 2019

Hôtel Parco dei principi -Sorrente -1960

© Photography Gio Ponti Archives, Milan

 Gio Ponti Collage

© Photography Gio Ponti Archives, Milan














Considered one of the most influential architects and designers of the twentieth century, Gio Ponti (1891-1979) is honored at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs for a first retrospective in France, from October 19, 2018 to February 10, 2019. 


A prolific creator, as much interested in industrial production as in handicrafts, he has revolutionized post-war architecture while opening up the prospects for a new way of life.

Villa Arreaza living room, 1956

 © Photographie Gio Ponti Archives, Milan

Staged by the agency Wilmotte & Associés with the collaboration of the graphic artist Italo Lupi in the nave of the museum, the Tutto Ponti exhibition, Gio Ponti archi-designer covers his entire long career, from 1921 to 1978, putting in light the many aspects of his work, from architecture to industrial design, from furniture to lighting, from the creation of magazines to his foray into the fields of glass, ceramics and goldsmithery.


More than 500 pieces retrace this multidisciplinary journey mixing architecture, furniture, facilities for private homes or public buildings, universities, cathedrals.


The exhibition presents chronologically the six decades of Ponti’s career in the fields of architecture, design, interior design and publishing. Objects, real estate, architecture for the cathedral of Taranto that ends this rich journey of an artist as prolific as is brilliant, each element refers to the joyful and colorful personality of an exceptional man of originality and talent.


Born in Milan, Gio Ponti has always been inspired by the entrepreneurial optimism and dynamism of this city considered as the economic capital of Italy. Deeply attached to his origins, Gio Ponti defended until the end his principle of an «Italian house», considered as the ultimate expression of an authentic modern and international civilization.


Villa Nemazee living room, 1964.

© Photography Gio Ponti Archives, Milan

Casa Planchart, Caracas, 1957. Photographie Antoine Baralhé. Caracas,

Fondation Anala et Armando Planchart

Planchart villa living room, Caracas, 1957. Photography Antoine Baralhé. Caracas, Fondation Anala and Armando Planchart

Hotel Parco dei principi, Sorrente 1960

© Photographie Gio Ponti Archives, Milan

The slogan «from the little spoon to the skyscraper» attributed to the Italian architect Ernesto Nathan Rogers (1909-1969) embodies the personality of the Milanese architect whose projects could evolve from the infinitely small to the infinitely great.

Architect and designer without borders, he has not only left his mark on the academic and cultural activity of his homeland but also of the whole world by diffusing his famous artistic magazines, DOMUS and LO STILE.

After having been Artistic Director of the Italian porcelain maker Richard Ginori, it was in France that he created his first architectural work with «THE FLYING ANGEL», a villa designed for the Director of the Christofle house. A house without complications, but which does not answer simply to the material necessities of existence, far from the machine to live, this first house incarnates the aesthetic and poetic universe of Gio Ponti.

This «Angel» will spread its wings internationally and be the first flagship of a great line of wonderful buildings, houses, museums, schools, hotels, churches around the world. From the Pirelli Tower in Milan to the private villas between Caracas and Tehran, or the Denver Art Museum at the Hotel Parco dei Principi in Sorrento, Gio Ponti continues to invent universes with surprising freshness.

Drawings presented at the exhibition on industrial design

at the 9th Triennale of Milan, 1957, ink on paper.

© Photo Gio Ponti Archives, Milan



Gio Ponti arranges interiors of buildings and imagines fabulous scenery for the theater as for the transatlantic liners. 

His boundless inspiration led him to collaborate in four hands with Piero Fornasetti but also with houses like Venini, Fontana Arte, Artemide, Knoll, Poltrona Frau, Cassina, Guzzini. 

With Richard Ginori, his vases are colored to infinity and it’s how the famous hand of the witch was born. For Christofle, there are more than 35 objects, candlesticks, cups and boxes that come out of the imagination of Gio Ponti.

© Photography Gio Ponti Archives, Milan

Casa Planchart- © Antoine Barhalé

Planchart villa living room, Caracas, 1957.Caracas,

Fondation Anala et Armando Planchart© Antoine Barhalé

Illustration for Una piccola casa ideale.

© Photography Gio Ponti Archives, Milan

Table Service - Franco Pozzi Publishing, 1967,

Marco Arosio Fund © Image courtesy of Wright auction


All that touches this insatiable avant-garde becomes a legend. Thus, the Superleggera, inspired by the woven straw chairs of the fishermen of the village of Chiavari in Liguria in the nineteenth century, remains a Pontian icon of the 50s after more than ten years of studies and sketches. 

A prolific inventor, he re-designates all daily objects from the headboard to the sewing machine, from the sanitary to the coffee machine. 

Gio Ponti is one of the fathers of Italian design with all his lightness, joyful colors and harmonious lines.



With his child’s eyes, Gio Ponti has been able to bring a pure and playful look at architecture and design to bring this extra soul without artifice, this permanent enchantment.



© Photography Gio Ponti Archives, Milan


Musée des Arts Décoratifs  - MAD


From October 19, 2018 to February 10, 2019