Tag Archive | Italy

Eye On Design: Pillola Lamps By C. Emanuele Ponzio

Pillola Lamps at Cooper Hewitt
All Photos By Gail

In the 1960s, youth culture asserted itself, changing society’s rhythms of mass production and consumption, and generating a sense of upheaval and freedom. The Pop Art movement emerged, taking inspiration from mass media and the everyday. Bold colors, new material and radical forms characterized the work of artists and designers whose appropriation of the ordinary made brash or ironic statements.

Pillola Lamps at Cooper Hewitt
Note: Tongue Chair in the Background

Italy’s anti-design movement of the mid-1960s and 1970s is fully expressed in the tongue-in-cheek spirit of the Pillola Lamps (1968, designed by C. Emanuele Ponzio, b, 1923). Challenging notices of “good design,” the anti-design movement took its visual cues from pop art’s use of bold colors and banal subject matter. Conceived as a group, the lamps look like oversized pills poured from a giant medicine bottle.

Pillola Lamps at MOMA
Illuminated Pillola Lamps Photographed at MOMA. Non-Illuminated Lamps Photographed at the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum in Manhattan.

John Lennon Carnivale Float

John Lennon Carnivale Float

Canivale is going on in Tuscan city of Viareggio this week and it looks completely fucking insane! This year’s parade featured a huge Beatles-themed float with a massive John Lennon. When his giant moving hands meet in the middle, they read HELP!

OMG!

Thanks to Melissa Altman for the Image!

Bring Me The Head of Ronald McDonald

Ronald McDonlad Severed Head Venice
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This statue of a young man holding the severed head of beloved, iconic fast-food mascot Ronald McDonald can be found in Venice, Italy, though I haven’t yet been able to dig up any information on the statue’s exact location or artist. I love how it sends a strong anti-McDonald’s message through the appropriation of the famous statue of Perseus holding the head of Medusa, as seen in the image below. Extreme, yes. Hilarious, also yes.  But no amount of over-the-top “McDonald’s is Evil” propaganda will ever keep me away from a tasty Filet O’Fish when the craving strikes.

Perseus Holding the Head Of Medusa

Update: A few observant readers have pointed out that this statue is actually most likely based on the painting David Holding the Head of Goliath by Michelangelo Carravagio. As you can see from the image below, that does appear to be the case, based on the position of the head and the sword.

David Holding the Head Of Goliath
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Photo by Dominic Carrillo
This Photo by Dominic Carrillo

Skull Garden Chair

Souviens toi que tu vas mourir (“Remember That You Will Die”) Chair by Pool

This bitchen Skull Garden Chair is part of an art exhibit that you can see at the French Cultural Center if you’re going to be in Milan, Italy between the dates of April 12-17, 2011.

Thanks to Carole J for the Tip!

Imagine These Rides at Disneyland in Rome!

Big Thunder Mountain Renasiance

Pop Culture Blog, Best Week Ever, features a hilarious post where they suggest Eight Rides they should build at a new Disneyland-style theme park in Rome. Pictured above, Big Thunder Mountain Renaissance, “because let’s be honest, there’s so much Renaissance art to see on your short trip to Italy, you might as well be on a speeding roller coaster.” These are “E Ticket Attractions” to be sure!