Ettore Sottsass Estate Comments on Stedelijk Museum Decision to Cancel Sottsass Exhibition

Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Ettore Sottsass Estate Comments on Stedelijk Museum Decision to Cancel Sottsass Exhibition

Mrs. Barbara Radice, widow of Ettore Sottsass and Mr. Ernest Mourmans, design manufacturer and close friend of Ettore Sottsass have issued the following statement on the Stedelijk Museum's decision to cancel the Ettore Sottsass exhibition:

Mrs. Barbara Radice, widow of Ettore Sottsass and Mr. Ernest Mourmans, design manufacturer and close friend of Ettore Sottsass have issued the following statement on the Stedelijk Museum's decision to cancel the Ettore Sottsass exhibition:

"We read with regret that the museum has decided to cancel the exhibition as well as to release statements to the public that are misleading. Rather than enter into a constructive dialogue, for the past few months the curator chose to conduct the conversation about this exhibition in an adversarial and divisive fashion.  In that spirit she also refused to detail her curatorial outline of the exhibition and her choice of works until a late date. At that point the estate could only either relent to pressure or seek a dialogue to balance Mr. Sottsass’ spirit and legacy with a museum team that had done little research and was more interested in the public relations aspect of the exhibition.

This development is symptomatic of recent events at the Stedelijk Museum, during which it became evident that both managerial and curatorial leadership and stewardship have been amiss in recent years. This ‘gallery’ and the estate of Ettore Sottsass have in recent years collaborated with and loaned to exhibitions at numerous major institutions and venues worldwide, including in Tokyo, Milan, Paris, New York and Venice. All of these exhibitions took place in close communication with the respective curatorial teams and in a spirit of mutual respect. It is needless to say that none of these institutions had been dictated to regarding any aspect of the respective exhibitions but rather supported in their research and in helping source the appropriate artwork.

This turn of events is doubly regretful as the Stedelijk had indeed maintained a close relationship with Ettore Sottsass for many years. The strong relationship predates the current curator and leadership by decades and  enabled the museum to acquire the major works mentioned by the museum’s press release in the first place, most of which from this gallery and the estate. The exhibition had been on the drawing board for many years, but the curatorial direction had abruptly changed.

The estate of Sottsass regrets that the Dutch public will not be able to see an exhibition that originally promised to be a landmark for the institution. There are several other exhibitions in the works and we trust that Mr. Sottsass’ legacy will be well represented in literature and exhibitions for many years to come."

Image on top: Ettore Sottsass, 1973. Photo: unknown. Courtesy: Studio Ettore Sottsass (source)

Telegram Channel

ArtDependence is now also available on the messaging platform Telegram. Telegram is a cloud-based mobile and desktop messaging app with a focus on security and speed.

Subscribing to the ArtDependence Channel allows you to easily stay up to date with the latest ArtDependence news.

Subscribe to the Newsletter

Image of the Day

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), Femme au béret orange et au col de fourrure (Marie‐Thérèse), executed 4 December 1937. Oil on canvas. 24⅛ x 18⅛ in (61.2 x 46.1 cm)

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), Femme au béret orange et au col de fourrure (Marie‐Thérèse), executed 4 December 1937. Oil on canvas. 24⅛ x 18⅛ in (61.2 x 46.1 cm)

Search

About ArtDependence

ArtDependence Magazine is an international magazine covering all spheres of contemporary art, as well as modern and classical art.

ArtDependence features the latest art news, highlighting interviews with today’s most influential artists, galleries, curators, collectors, fair directors and individuals at the axis of the arts.

The magazine also covers series of articles and reviews on critical art events, new publications and other foremost happenings in the art world.

If you would like to submit events or editorial content to ArtDependence Magazine, please feel free to reach the magazine via the contact page.