Exhibitions/ Ettore Sottsass: Design Radical

Ettore Sottsass: Design Radical

At The Met Breuer
July 21–October 8, 2017
Exhibitions are free with Museum admission.

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Exhibition Overview

A seminal figure in 20th-century design, the Italian architect and designer Ettore Sottsass (1917–2007) created a vast body of work, the result of an exceptionally productive career that spanned more than six decades. This exhibition reevaluates Sottsass's career in a presentation of key works in a range of media—including architectural drawings, interiors, furniture, machines, ceramics, glass, jewelry, textiles and pattern, painting, and photography. The exhibition presents Sottsass's work in dialogue with ancient and contemporaneous objects that inspired him, as well as his influence on designers working today. These juxtapositions offer new insight into his designs, situating him within a broader design discourse that reveals him as a true design radical.

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"... an invigorating, illuminating experience." —New York Times


On view at The Met Breuer in Floor 3

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Exhibition Objects






Ettore Sottsass (Italian [born Austria], 1917–2007). "Carlton" Room Divider (detail), 1981. Wood, plastic laminate, 76 3/4 x 74 3/4 x 15 3/4 in. (194.9 x 189.9 x 40 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, John C. Waddell Collection, Gift of John C. Waddell, 1997 (1997.460.1a–d)