18 / 10 / 2018

Tutto Ponti, Gio Ponti archi-designer

“La Cornuta” of the MUMAC will be among the works exhibited in Paris at the prestigious “Tutto Ponti, Gio Ponti archi-designer” exhibition

An espresso machine will be among the works exhibited at the prestigious “Tutto Ponti, Gio Ponti archi-designer” exhibition, which will be held at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris from 18 October 2018 to 10 February 2019.
It is none other than “La Cornuta” (La Pavoni D.P. 47), a model that is well-known for the special shape of its dispensing units and forms part of the permanent collection of MUMAC – Gruppo Cimbali’s coffee machine museum.
The exhibition, with over five hundred pieces, many of which are exhibited for the first time, including architecture, furnishings, but also ceramics, lamps, glass and magazines, traces the long career of Gio Ponti, from 1921 up to 1978.

Born from the genius of the multitalented Milanese architect Gio Ponti, the Pavoni model D.P. 47 is a true masterpiece of design. It represents the perfect marriage of artistic form and technological innovation, and consequently it’s one of the most precious pieces for collectors.
The machine loaned by MUMAC for the great retrospective dedicated to one of the 20th century’s most influential architects and designers is one of only two existing machines in the world (and the only one on constant display to the public). Its truly sculptural metal design features curved dispenser units that stand out against the cylindrical body of the tank and have earned it the name of “La Cornuta” (“The Horned”).
This machine was steam-operated, producing a cup of coffee without cream. As the architect himself intended, it concealed “the toil of its labour”, revealing only lines of pure beauty.
The loan to the Parisian exhibition is just the latest in a series of loans made by MUMAC to major Italian and international cultural institutions for events, film productions and prestigious exhibitions. Is part of the relationships established with national and international museums to share the museum's heritage and the commitment of Gruppo Cimbali to spread the culture of coffee and espresso coffee machines in unique cultural contexts.
As well as the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, these exhibitions include La Triennale in Milan (“Arts & Food” in 2015, “Storie. Il design italiano” in 2018 and “A Castiglioni”, which is still ongoing), the Cube Design Museum in Kerkrade, Netherlands (“Passione Italiana – L’arte dell’Espresso” in 2018), the Korea Foundation in Seoul for the “Espresso Design” exhibition in 2017, the Istituto Tomie Ohtake in San Paolo, Brazil for the “A idèia de forma: design italiano do pus-guerra” exhibition in 2016, the Museo do Cafè in Santos (“Espresso design” in 2015) and the Museo di Storia Naturale in Milan (“Food. La scienza dai semi

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