Il salotto cattivo
February 13 – 21 2020
in collaboration with Archivio Alfa Castaldi
Exhibition view by Federica Mambrini
“Il salotto cattivo” is an iconographic and visual investigation originating from the collaboration between 1+1 design gallery, founded by Andrea Scarabelli, and Libri Belli, a project by Livia Satriano. The exhibition is held at riviera, simple flair’s space in Milan in partnership with Lapalma.
“Il salotto cattivo” is a play on words, reimagining the “salotto buono” — the Italian term for parlor — as “salotto cattivo:” a “nasty” parlor.
The exhibition focuses on the era of Italy’s economic boom, from the postwar period to the mid-sixties, conjuring the ferment that sparked creativity in both the cultural and manufacturing fields, especially in Milan; a creative ferment that today is often remembered in a sterilized fashion, overlooking its most radical and innovative aspects.
The concept of “parlor” is key to this approach, considered in each of its three meanings: as a furnished room of conviviality; as a natural space for books; as a gathering for ideas.
The set-up displays furniture and books and also, thanks to the collaboration with the Archive, the photographs by Alfa Castaldi, an artist that with his work has recorded the socio-economic transformation in Milan and more.
riviera, a creative space opened by simple flair less than a year ago, has already become a gathering spot for different creative realities, and therefore is a fitting location for this project.