Ettore Sottsass

1917 · Italy

Artist biography

Ettore Sottsass is an established contemporary visual artist, who was born and brought up in Italy. Ettore Sottsass was born in 1917. Also born in Italy around 1917 and of the same generation are Pietro Annigoni and Alberto Burri.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Ettore Sottsass is represented by multiple galleries around the world, including countries such as the United Kingdom, France, and Italy. Some of those galleries are Alan Wheatley Art in London, as well as Lefebvre & Fils and François Laffanour Downtown in Paris. Ettore Sottsass' work has most recently been exhibited at Belmacz Gallery in London (15 November 2017 until 10 February 2018) with the exhibition Alpenglühen - 100 years of Ettore Sottsass Jr.. Ettore Sottsass' other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions; Cut - Copy - Paste — Part II (05 June 2019 - 12 July 2019) at OV Project in Belgium and Utopia (17 October 2019 - 20 December 2019) at Tornabuoni Art | Paris in France. Ettore Sottsass' first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called Solo Exhibition and took place at François Laffanour Downtown in Paris, France from the 20 October 2017 to 25 November 2017.

Ettore Sottsass in private collections

On Artland Ettore Sottsass' works can be found in the collection of Michael Pybus, who for instance also has works by other artists including Qafar Rzayev, DUSKMANN, and Isabel Alonso Vega.

Historical Context of Italy

Italy has been vastly lush in cultural influence since the time of the Romans, this classical period has exerted a fascinating influence on the cultural development and distinctiveness of the country. Italy represents the realm of the Renaissance, called 'Rinascita' in Italian, signifying 'rebirth'. The Renaissance has been considered, from the early 1400s, as the first extensive flowering of cultural sophistication in art, architecture, music, poetry, philosophy and politics since the Middle Ages. Throughout the modern and contemporary period, Italy was tormented by the fascism of Mussolini but has nonetheless endured as a vital centre for artistic expression, initiating movements such as Futurism, Arte Povera and the Minimalism related to the Zero Movement, as well as the expressive painting of the Transavanguardia. Important Italian artists of the twentieth and twenty first centuries include Giorgio Di Chirico, Giacomo Balla, Giorgio Morandi, Alberto Giacometti, Lucio Fontana, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Francesco Clemente and Mimmo Paladino.

Further Biographical Context for Ettore Sottsass

Ettore Sottsass was born in 1917 and was predominantly inspired creatively by the 1930s growing up. on a global scale this period can be best characterised by the duelling of the world’s foremost political philosophies - Marxist Socialism, Capitalist Democracy, and the Totalitarianism of both Communism and Fascism. In the United States, the Great Depression had a tremendous influence on artistic production, with a number of artists taking inspiration from the agrarian and the humble man in the streets. It was the first time in US history that widespread movements of artists began to address politics, and endeavoured to use their art to influence society. Artists held exhibitions on social and political themes such as poverty, lack of affordable housing, anti-lynching, anti-fascism, and workers' strikes.

Ettore Sottsass

  • Artworks in Collections 1
  • Exhibitions 14

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