30 images of dead Italian people. These aren’t anonymous people, we, at Mimi Berlin, made them that way. We only photographed their faces, no names, flowers, candles or any other personal items that show who they were and how they are still loved, by living Italian people from Portofino.
The identity of a village.
If you would like to know more about these men and women we suggest you visit the fisherman’s village of Portofino, with only around 500 inhabitants, to see the identity of this village for yourself at the tiny white cemetery at the Church of San Giorgio.
Gaetano Pesce designed the Up Series in 1969, so this year B&B Italia celebrates the 50th Anniversary of this iconic chair set. During Milan Design Week 2019 the showroom at the Brera Design District was filled to the rim with the armchair and pouf UP5_6, upholstered in green and beige stripes. A lovely installation which made us, at Mimi Berlin, very happy!
Suffering Majesty at Piazza del Duomo
The celebration of the “la Mamma’ chair continued at the Piazza del Duomo, where a humongous larger-than-life in salmon-pink replica of the chair is pierced with arrows and is surrounded by wild animals. The art-sculpture is named ‘Suffering Majesty’ and is made to continue the conversation on violence against women in Italy. It will be present until April 14th 2019.
The ‘Muro delle Bambole’ is a protest, or a way to highlight violence towards/killing of women: that’s femicide in one word. The Wall of Dolls Milan can be found outside, in the Via De Amicis 2. It’s a very grim and gloomy installation of a collection, with maybe hunderds of dolls: tattered, dirty and grey (because they’ve been outside since 2015) they hang from a metal rack.
Amongst the dolls are posters which explain what you’re looking at, images of women who died and also some dried out flowers. So we guess it became a monument as well to remember the female victims of (domestic) violence.
The initator of these walls, which are scattered througout Italy, is Italian TV host Jo Squillo, she works with the organization ‘WeWorld’ in Italy. Continue reading →
The Enoteca dai tosi is a winery situated in a cave, completely carved out of stone and developed as a single circular staircase. Enoteca dai tosi is designed by the Belgian studio architecten de vylder vinck taillieu, it is a tribute to Matera, it’s home city in Italy.
(images courtesy of enoteca dai tosi)
The city of Matera lies in a small canyon carved out by the Gravina river. The historical center, along with the Park of the Rupestrian Churches, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1993. Continue reading →
The Ideal City/La Città Ideale in the 15th Century
If you paid attention during art history classes (well, even if you didn’t) you know that the paintings ‘The Ideal City/La Città Ideale’ are one of the most fine examples of Italian Renaissance work. The Ideal City/La Città Ideale is a name given to 3 paintings which are kept at Urbino, Baltimore and Berlin and are named likewise. They are also known as the Urbino perspectives. The Ideal City of Urbino is the one we would like to share with you in specific. The Ideal City of Urbino, circa 1470, tempera on panel. (image via commons.wikimedia.org)
At the time we were in school this painting was believed to be made by Piero della Francesca. After that it was attributed to Luciano Laurana (and Francesco di Giorgio, Martini or Melozzo da Forlì.) Nowadays nobody knows for sure. (#theunneccesraythings #youneedlearnandremember) Continue reading →