A collection of his work can be seen at the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia beginning June 10 in the exhibition “Modern Living: Giò Ponti and the 20th-Century Aesthetics of Design.” Organized by guest curator Perri Lee Roberts, professor of art history at the University of Miami, the exhibition focuses on Ponti’s outstanding career from the 1920s through the 1950s.
This exhibition features several famous pieces of furniture Ponti designed, like a chair from the Contini Bonacossi residence in Florence that updates the traditional form of the scroll-back chair. It also highlights the variety of materials Ponti used, from porcelain to silver, glass and wood. Always an innovator, he took inspiration from Italy’s classical and Renaissance past but used modern materials.
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