6 May-31 July 2011. The famous Pirelli skyscraper hosts this exhibition entitled The Fascination of Ceramics, which pays homage to the Italian designer Giovanni Ponti (1891-1979), better known as Gio Ponti. On display is a refined collection of ceramics such as ornamental vases, large cysts, urns, cups and plates created between 1923 and 1930 and manufactured by Richard Ginori.
In his creations Ponti mixed archaeological elements of the classical antiquity inspired by the Greek, Etruscan and Roman era with Renaissance perspectives, drama and an antiquarian taste derived from neoclassicism and the Palladian period. In his works isolated figures are opposed to geometrical backgrounds, which evoke city scenes and urban views in an almost metaphysical dimention.
In 1923 this young architect became the artistic director of Richard-Ginori and established his office in the Milanese establishment of S. Cristoforo. In 1923 Ponti displayed his first very modern collection of ceramics and majolica at the international exhibition of decorative arts of Monza. Subsequently Ponti presented his creations for Ginori at the Exposition Internationale des Arts D