Less is a Bore: Reflections on Memphis

Exhibition, KAI 10, Dusseldorf, Germany.


Graham Little, Facts are stupid things (fruit vs fashion), Detail, 2008, Courtesy Alison Jacques Gallery, London, © the artist
Until February 11, 2017
KAI 10 is staging the exhibition Less is a Bore: Reflections on Memphis, whose title borrows the maxim coined by the pope of post-modernism, Robert Venturi, who turned Mies van der Rohe’s “Less is more” dictum on its head.
In the show, design pieces by Sottsass, Shire, Matteo Thun, Michele de Lucchi, and Alessandro Mendini have been arranged in dialogue with works
by contemporary visual artists like Barbara Kasten, Eva Berendes, and Tobias Rehberger, to riotous results. The comeback of Memphis has been slow but it’s been in the works for a few years now, and not just in the field of design.