When one thinks of Missoni, the mind goes to ideas of textile, color and pattern; to feelings of cheerfulness, warmth and play; to the tradition of the handmade and the aesthetic pastiche souvenired from intense traveling.
From Missoni's collections, these ideas and feelings feed into their inspirations, and vice versa: scrolling the maison's Tumblr, for example, offers a glimpse into a world of anecdotes, references and collaborations knitted together into an organic vision.
The included snapshots from the current International Art Exhibition at the 55th Venice Biennial, on view through November 24, and from the opening of Art Basel last June are no exception. In keeping with Missoni’s use of color, it's only fair that the first work we encounter is by Jessica Stockholder, a defining figure in contemporary sculptural installation, known for transforming commonplace objects into spatial constructions united by broad planes of brilliant color.
Following this lead, Aaron Curry's highly saturated, anthropomorphic sculptures of silkscreened wood contribute a touch of psychedelia. On the other hand, installations such as Ai Weiwei's Fairytale 2007, Ladies Dormitory (2007) originally created to accommodate 1001 Chinese citizens at Documenta 12, and Campo de Color (2012) by Bolivian artist Sonia Falcone, a kaleidoscopic landscape of terracotta vases filled with a varied assortment of spices, are an eloquent testament to the company's engagement with a wide spectrum of cultural contaminations.
And on a autobiographical note, several images document the special project organized right outside the Giardini by The Museum of Everything, the quirky London institution for the "untrained, undiscovered, unintentional and unclassifiable artists of modern times" that was also the setting, one might remember, of Missoni’s S/S 2011 campaign shot by Juergen Teller.
Once again, a round trip is made from the brand to the culture and back, always looking out for new inspirations. "Moments" is part of the journey, and this column on contemporary art can be a regular stop.