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Albero meccanico
2012 - painted inox

In 2000, Giuliano Gori started the Bosco dei settant'anni (The Forest of Seventy Years), inviting his friends born in the same year as himself to each choose their own tree. Thus, a sequoia (Giuliano Gori), cypress (Dani Karavan), plane (Magdalena Abakanowicz), and other trees now can be found in dialogue in the open space adjacent to Casapeppe. Gori's affectionate friendship with Alessandro Mendini could not be manifested in this way because the Milanese artist and architect was born in 1931. Mendini thus decided to insert himself in a "mechanical" way, creating a huge tree of stainless steel marked with the following dedication: Scusami Giuliano se non sono nato nel '30 (Excuse me Giuliano if I was not born in '30). This curious tree perfectly begins a discussion of art and reinforces the affection that links the artist to the collector. A preview of the Mechanical Tree project for Celle was displayed at the Maeght Foundation in spring 2012. The final exhibition coincided with a temporary show of Mendini's held in the summer of 2012 at Celle.

Alessandro Mendini

Architect Alessandro Mendini, born in Milan in 1931, has dealt with many fields from building and industrial design to the conception of exhibitions. Together with his brother Francesco, also an architect, he opened the Atelier Mendini in their home city in 1989. Among the studio's works of greatest international renown we recall here only: the  Alessi factories and the Omegna Forum-museum; the metro stations and the restoration of the City Building in Naples; the Groningen Museum in Holland; the  Madsack offices in Hannover.

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He is an honorary member of the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem. He has been awarded the 1979 and 1981 Gold Compass Awards for Design, was made a  "Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres" in France and has been recognized by the Architectural League of New York. 




The Mechanical Tree

Alessandro Mendini. The Mechanical Tree The inauguration, on the occasion of the thirtieth anniversary of the opening of the Gori Collection to the public, of Alessandro Mendini’s new permanent work, installed in the “Seventy Year’s Wood” near Casapeppe. Inside the same building Mendini also inaugurated a temporary exhibition of his design titled Parliamone insieme

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