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Ettore Sottsass

Spring always comes roun again, doesn't it?

  • Author: Giuseppe Varchetta
  • Year: 2013
  • Language: Italian and English
  • Pages: 120
  • Price: 30.00 €
  • ISBN: 978-88-6010-106-8
  • Size: cm 24 x 29

Happiness and melancholia were the two extremes that marked the life and artistic career of Ettore Sottsass: happiness at having experienced the lost but ever-present paradise of childhood; sorrow at not being able to return there, not being able to stop time. The organisational psychologist and photographer Giuseppe Varchetta started photographing Ettore Sottsass in 1978, when the designer was already sixty, and continued to do so for the rest of his life. In this discreet, attentive, at times intimate account, Varchetta examines his friend’s face and follows his gradual changes, capturing all the nuances of that mournful expression, and, beyond the sadness, a smile that was an explosion of empathy.

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Giuseppe Varchetta is a psychologist and consultant on training and organizational development, on which he has also written extensively. A photographer all his life, exclusively in black and white and with analogical cameras, he focuses in particular on the relationship between the public and contemporary art, landscape, urban art, organizational work and “hand-crafted” portraiture.

Marco Belpoliti is the author of various books including Camera Straniera. Alberto Giacometti e lo spazio (Johan & Levi 2012), Settanta (2010), Pasolini in salsa piccante (2010) and Il corpo del capo (2009), Il tramezzino del dinosauro (2008).

Michele de Lucchi, architect and designer, has worked on the buildings and workplaces of major Italian and international companies as well as various museums including La Trienniale (Milan), the Palazzo delle Esposizioni (Rome), the Neues Museum (Berlin) and the Gallerie d’Italia (Milan). He worked for a long time with Ettore Sottsass and was a joint founder with him of the Memphis group.

Marco Belpoliti
Per felicità / Out of Happiness

Giuseppe Varchetta
Ritratti / Portraits

Hans Ulrich Obrist
Intervista a Sottsass / Interview to Sottsass

Michele De Lucchi
Caro Ettore / Dear Ettore

Nota dell’autore / Author’s Note

Ringraziamenti / Acknowledgements