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culture Pages lariana the design week in Milan. As part of Design Talks Porta Volta, Guests from Microsoft and Feltrinelli Foundation in a crowded calendar of events as part of the "Fuorisalone" 2017, Larian the photographer of adoption and internationally renowned Giovanni Gastel, which is part of the jury of the literary prize "Città di Como", and Gianluigi Ricuperati writer, They presented the new book of Como Barbara Radice "Because death do us part", published by Mondadori Electa. A hymn of love to the brilliant architect and designer Ettore Sottsass, the love of a lifetime for Barbara, who is the daughter of Como abstract painter Mario Radice and Sottsass mood at the end of the eighties the magazine "Terrace". Sottsass died on 31 December 2007, ten years ago, and this year marks also the centenary of the birth. In Triennale in September (inauguration on 14, the birthday of Sottsass) There will be a large exhibition on the novice master of Memphis and the Radical Design, and on Sunday an exhibition-event with Skira catalog will trace the art under glass sign, with 200 pieces of many previously unpublished, in the splendid setting of the Cini Foundation in Venice. Also in this case, Barbara will be featured. At the Galleria Antonia Jannone going Garibaldi 125 Meanwhile, up to 13 April, event at the Salone del Mobile, back after thirty years an exhibition of original murals Sottsass ceramics inspired by Aztec artifacts. Ricuperati during the meeting - also in the audience Aldo Cibic, a founder with Matteo Thun and others and the Sottsass Associati, He stressed that this volume complements that autobiographical Sottsass's "Posted at night" published by Adelphi.
The identity value of memory is the figure of this book Root, and Ricuperati he stressed citing his new novel published by Feltrinelli "The death of me", where among other things shows the name of Gian Piero Lucini, writer Breglia on Lake Como, multifaceted author of the last century that came to Futurism and then turn away. Talking about the book by Barbara Radice Giovanni Gastel, who is the nephew of director Luchino Visconti and is closely tied to Villa Erba in Cernobbio, He underlined his testamentary and documentary value: "We are facing a kind of mirroring Hades, with this book - he said - When you die the true guardians of the memory are also a prison of the soul that wants to leave. Barbara's book is a diary of presence and absence at the same time ". "I started to roll my diary - revealed Barbara Radice - immediately after his death, I thought I had to write, I was afraid to forget everything, and writing came naturally to me. I was in a state of indescribable ". Gastel who has read the work in its early drafts and has advocated the output at Mondadori Electa recalled that Sottsass has been an extraordinary figure, and his life partner (the designer was first married to writer Fernanda Pivano) it has revived weaving "a kind of wonderful canvas that transforms a lack in a presence. and that makes us understand the poetry that when a relationship is intense lasts a lifetime: Sottsass was also a genius in fact the daily life, because like all genes it was dystonic, that is, it was placed in a slightly different perspective from that of all other. And this thing you see in the book. Barbara called him back to life shamanically, through a book that is an initiation ritual. From passionate photographic story as a language, I think thanks iconographic apparatus that accompanies the story of their lives as a great novel photo. Barbara and Hector in the course of their history have documented the many years of life together with thousands of shots. A novel in the novel of a life ". And in fact in the book reads: "Since we started living together, four or five months after our meeting in June 1976, I have almost no memory of Hector Camera ". And there are, nel book, the ideas, anecdotes, Comascans memories, in a succession of analogies, courses and resorts that run through the fabric of memories. Here the couple stays at Villa d'Este (where he will stay for a photo shoot scandal by their friend Helmut Newton), Barbara here in Cernobbio on the shores in 1989, here is a picture of 1928 Father with mother, Rosetta and Mario Radice. Here the memory of lightning and thunderstorm day spent in Como from Saibene family: "Even when my father died in Como (…) the very next moment to his last breath, or even simultaneously broke out the frightening roar of thunder followed by a violent storm ". And here's a reminder reported another daughter of Mario Radice, Nena: "Since Hector is gone, my sister dreams (…) It is probably a psychic, like my mother ".
"I started writing my journals of notebooks - said Barbara Radice - then I went after a couple of years to transcribe them on computers, but it was a very long and difficult process, I relived it all and I procured pain. I am the daughter of art, I've lived a long time with Hector and therefore the art is part of my life. For this kit the book with many photos, often small, illustrnao that do not conspicuously damage the writing, but a sort of support, a particular bend to the speech ". Barbara Radice, as pointed Gastel, "Through this book it demonstrates that time is an agreement and if there is one thing it is forever. And this is the magic of poetry, that breaks down the mostly psychological barrier between real and unreal ".