Saul Steinberg’s works exhibited at the Triennale Design Museum
Saul Steinberg: behind the scenes at the Triennale Design Museum
The Triennale Design Museum and the publishing house Electa present “Saul Steinberg Milano New York”, a new exhibition (until March 13, 2022) which pays tribute to the American artist through 350 works. Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at his installation
American artist Saul Steinberg (1914 – 1999) loved Milan. He lived in the city between 1933 and 1941 while studying architecture at the Politecnico and creating satirical vignettes for local newspapers, and he dedicated several of his works to Milan. A new exhibition at the Triennale Design Museum, produced in collaboration with the publishing house Electa and curated by Italo Lupi and Marco Belpoliti alongside Francesca Pellicciari, explores the artist’s links with the city while celebrating her genius.
‘Saul Steinberg Milano New York’ at the Triennale Design Museum
“We are incredibly happy that Steinberg has returned home,” says the director of the Triennale Museum, Marco Sammicheli, who worked alongside the curatorial team to create the exhibit. “Milan was his home, and it was here that he began to build his visual world.”
The exhibition includes 350 works including pencil, pen and pastel drawings, works created with rubber stamps and watercolors, paper masks that explore identity and reflect the human body, sculptures and paintings. collages – a series of techniques and styles that illustrate Steinberg’s multifaceted work. “Steinberg is layered and complex, but in its complexity he uses the simplest thing: drawing,” Belpoliti adds.
The Milan Museum has worked closely with institutions such as the Saul Steinberg Foundation, the Jewish Museum in New York, as well as with friends of the artist and collectors of his work, both in Italy and in ‘foreigner. The exhibition also presents the donation to the Biblioteca Nazionale Braidense from the Saul Steinberg Foundation.
Steinberg’s view of cities (be it Milan, Venice or the imaginary cityscapes in his illustrations) is a starting point for the exhibition, and among the most important works on display is a piece he created specifically for Milan. Four preparatory drawings, each measuring up to 10 m in length and folded like an accordion, were photographically enlarged and applied to a curved wall created by BBPR Architects for the Tenth Triennale, in 1954. In this work, the curators explain, l Steinberg’s affinity for the line as a narrative device began to take shape, which would later become one of the artist’s most distinctive motifs.
Behind the scenes of the museum
The Triennale Design Museum documented the setting up of the exhibition, designed by Italo Lupi, Ico Migliore and Mara Serveto, for the curved gallery space that is part of its Palazzo dell’Arte.
Here we take a look behind the scenes of the museum, while the exhibit was being set up.