© Archivio Ettore Sottsass
© Archivio Ettore Sottsass
© Archivio Ettore Sottsass

ETTORE SOTTSASS

Ettore Sottsass was born in Innsbruck, in 1917. He graduated in architecture and opened his own studio in Milano, where he worked on architecture and design projects. Among his many interests, photography is perhaps the less known but the more vital and important. A well known art critic once said:  "to understanding Ettore Sottsass work please refer to his figurative vocabulary, his pictures". They are in fact to him a sort of personal record and a source of ideas.  His images have a delicate, intimate aura, as if they were the fragments of a long journey. Sottsass’ architecture, objects, photographs, and writings are all part of a structural design which integrates geometry with the senses.  In considering architecture always and mostly “liveable and most of all lived”, Sottsass goes beyond the structural limits of Modernism, and arrives to a vision of life and things which is deeply conceptual yet, at the same time, emotional and psychological. With great coherence, sensibility and intuition, all of Sottsass’ photographs (works available for sale) are developed under the methodological sign of stratification, of levels and volumes, which are not only “material” but also cultural and psychological. Photology presented his first gallery solo show in Milano in 1996 with the complete series of Metaphors (exhibition still available), travelling through the years to Antwerp, Paris, Bologna, Prato, Naples, Athens. Another Retrospective (exhibition still available), solo show at Photology in Milano in 2000 travelled to Museo di Capodimonte in Naples in 2004, with a complete monograph Photographs (book available for sale) on this body work. His last exhibition Il resto del vulcano (exhibition still available), was held at Photology in 2005 and these works were in included in Bonito Oliva group exhibit Italian Photoartists. In 2012 Photology exhibited the complete series of Metaphors (exhibition still available), as published in Skira book.