“Living is not something that only refers to the private space, but also to the public one,” says Ugo La Pietra. Since the 60s, his artistic research has explored the possibility of breaking down the barriers that rigidly divide the public space from the private space. An idea that he himself has summarized in the motto, “living is being home no matter where you are.”
In Inside/Outside, La Pietra perseveres in his attempt to create beneficial conflict between these two worlds, bringing elements from the domestic space to the façade of the home. Chairs, table lamps, curtains, chairs, candles: paradigmatic elements from the domestic space become veritable architecture. IN this way, the house’s façade tells the city about the world of the domestic space and architecture find itself, through the connotation of the external façade, capable of communication. Inside/Outside features illustrations by Ugo La Pietra and ceramics inspired by them made by Tuscan artist Sandro Da Boit, accompanied by texts from Riccardo Zelatore, Marco Meneguzzo and Ugo La Pietra.
Ugo La Pietra Lives and works in Milan. He has always described himself as a “researcher” in the visual arts and in communication. His thinking has been expressed in numerous exhibitions in Italy and abroad and he has curated various exhibitions for the Milan Triennale, the Venice Biennale, the Musée d’Art Contemporain in Lyon , the FRAC Centre in Orléans, the Museo delle Ceramiche in Faenza and the Fondazione Ragghianti in Lucca. He won the Compasso d’Oro in 1979. His research experience in architecture and design have led him to develop themes such as “The Domicile Cell: A Microstructure: within the Information and Communications Systems” (MoMA, New York, 1972 – Fiera di Milano, 1982), “Rapporto tra Spazio reale e Spazio virtuale” (Triennale di Milano 1979, 1992), “La casa neoeclettica” (Abitare il Tempo, 1990), “Cultura Balneare” (Centro Culturale Cattolica, 1985/95). Through his work, writing and teaching he has constantly supported “local” as opposed to “internationalist” design. www.ugolapietra.com