Art Guide: OrtaMiklos @ Museu Marino Marini, Florence

With London Fashion Week just wrapped up, we head directly to Florence, where Pitti Uomo 95 is already in full action. The men’s fashion and trade week has been going on since the early 1970s, and has in the recent decade of menswear galvanization, become the most important event for men’s fashion globally. Perhaps, then, it’s not ideal to go if you, like us, are a bit tired of fashion; or rather, not ready for the endless desert walk that is fashion season. But fear not; there’s other things to do in Florence than eating pizza and watching Chinese tourists hurting each other with selfie sticks. For example, head to Museu Marino Marini, where the Italian art/design company Slam Jam will be celebrating its 30th anniversary with a grandiose program of exhibitions and events – including a show curated by the Milan-based art magazine KALEIDOSCOPE with the French/Danish design duo OrtaMiklos. The European duo met while studying together at the Design Academy in Eindhoven and have since shown their work at Milan Design Week, FIAC Paris, and Frieze London, with an upcoming solo show at Functional Art Gallery, Berlin, planned for 2019. Referring to their practice as “Ignorant Design,” their work oscillates between art and design, with innovation and playfulness at the core of their practice. Expect lots of their signature raw materials—painted and epoxy-treated polystyrene and weaved electric cables—and a critical response to the museum’s 10th century context. Ciao ragazzi!

For more information, see Museu Marino Marini