Curated by: Carmen Pellegrino
An Olivetti Valentine, a typewriter born in 1968 from a project by Ettore Sottsass, is the protagonist of the "scriptorium" where, on period furniture and desks, an American adder and copier seem to have just typed numbers and dubbed words for invoices dating back to the 1930s. The table card holder is also American, while the inkwell is English: both produced in the 1940s. On the 700th anniversary of the death of the Supreme Poet, the poster designed in 1912 by Teodoro Wolf Ferrari stands out on the wall, on which the image of Dante Alighieri promotes the first Olivetti model of standard typewriter, the M1, designed by Camillo Olivetti. This is the scenario of the exhibition "Democratic writing" curated by Carmen Pellegrino, which opens on Thursday 2 December at the Plart Museum with a non-stop opening from 10.30 to 20.30.
"It is my opinion - explains Pellegrino - that the artifacts kept in a museum, even if they are evidently still and no longer subject to the vast evolution, have a life of their own". The writer and historian from Campania, finalist at the Campiello Prize 2021 with the novel "The happiness of others", is the testimonial of the video in which she tells the soul and life of the objects on display. Because, as she claims, "In the space, beyond space, of a museum that saves them from time and oblivion, things join the visible to the invisible. They become miniatures of eternity ...". Directed by Pasquale Napolitano.
The exhibition concludes the program "Twentieth century, so far, so close". «My collaborators and I - explains Maria Pia Incutti, president of the Plart Foundation - felt the need for a change and we began to work on" Novecento: so far, so close ". A prism of gazes that from the outside cast a new light on the Plart Collection: this is the meaning of the project born during the pandemic and which then translated into a cycle of exhibitions that can also be used offline against the backdrop of a remodeling of the museum spaces and of the exhibition criteria ".