Luxury as a light that frames the understanding of beauty, taste and style. But also as desire, excess and sensuality that accompany the pleasure of life.
Until 30 September Palazzo Reale in Milan hosts the exhibition LUXUS – The Wonder of Beauty, an itinerary that leads the visitor between the Apollonian and Dionysian with an eclectic selection of objects and surprising sets.
The exhibition, curated by Stefano Zecchi, unfolds through eleven rooms that illustrate from a historic and conceptual point of view the changes of luxury and how this has led western culture in a constant and brilliant interweaving with the eastern one.
A journey that from the first room, in a slow trip, leads the visitor to absorb the aesthetic education needed to grasp the complexity of an idea that has been constant through the development of civilisations.
In the Wonderland created by British artist Kirsty, a golden fountain rises surrounded by pearlescent pink flamingos and fabulous animals
To best convey the idea of splendour, the exhibition starts with the creations of the venerable Vetreria Venini, with gold watches and china from the Poldi Pezzoli collection, as well as precious jewellery from contemporary fine craftsmanship from Maison Roberto Coin.
With her famous piece entitled Wonderland, the British artist Kirsty Mitchell makes nature the protagonist, a great master to appreciate the extraordinary beauty of creation: in a secret garden, a golden fountain rises surrounded by pearlescent pink flamingos and fabulous animals.
The show continues with an installation of handmade masks floating in a purple space, while a carousel tells the history of costume and the roar of a tiger leads the visitor to the opulent feast in the last room.
Here, on the imperial table, illuminated by the red gold of Amarone Masi, the famous risotto with gold leaf by Gualtiero Marchesi is on display.
Room of the Treasure
Room of the Carousel
Room of the Secret Garden
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Until 9 September the Fabbrica del Vapore is transformed into Hogwarts, the world of the little wizard created by J. K. Rowling
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