Portrait of Cinzia Ruggeri. Photo credits: Alfa Castaldi. Courtesy: Archive Alfa Castaldi.

Portrait of Cinzia Ruggeri. Photo credits: Alfa Castaldi. Courtesy: Archive Alfa Castaldi.

Join us to celebrate the opening of Cinzia says…, the first major retrospective of artist and fashion designer Cinzia Ruggeri (1942–2019), a unique figure of Italian postmodernism who moved freely across artistic disciplines. Her life and versatile practice were driven by a desire to redefine the form and function of elements of everyday life.

From clothing and accessories to furniture and lighting – and in sculptural installations often including these objects – Ruggeri created worlds that were continually imaginative, provocative, elegant and unpredictable. Consistently boundary-pushing, her objects sat somewhere between performance and architecture, always questioning how the body might inhabit space.

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Cinzia Ruggeri (b. Milan, 1942–2019), artist, fashion and interior designer. After studying at the Accademia di Arti Applicate in Milan, interning at the Carven atelier in Paris, and working at her father’s tailoring company Unimac (Vimodrone, Milan), at the start of the 1970s she created the brand Bloom, with which she made her ready-to-wear runway debut in Milan. She then launched the experimental line Cinzia Ruggeri (1981), and the menswear label Cinzio Ruggeri (1986). She left the world of fashion at the end of the 1980s to concentrate on her work as a product designer, collaborating with both Italian and foreign brands. Her projects have been exhibited in many significant international solo and group exhibitions.

Recent solo exhibitions include: …per non restare immobili, curated by Rita Selvaggio, Casa Masaccio, San Giovanni Valdarno (2020); la règle du jeu?, Galleria Federico Vavassori, Milan (2019); Finché si scherza, Galerie Francesca Pia, Zurich (2019); Home. A User’s Manual, curated by Fredi Fischli & Niels Olsen with Valentina Enhimb, GTA Exhibitions, ETH Zurich (2019); déconnexion, Campoli Presti, Paris (2019); Umbratile con Brio, curated by Mariuccia Casadio, Galleria Federico Vavassori, Milan (2018). Recent group exhibitions include: Lonely are all bridges, Birgit Jürgenssen and Cinzia Ruggeri, curated by Maurizio Cattelan and Marta Papini, Galerie Hubert Winter, Vienna (2021); FUORI, Quadriennale d’arte 2020, curated by Sarah Cosulich and Stefano Collicelli Cagol, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome (2020); We need more than one term for these big things, curated by Melanie Ohnemus, University of Applied Arts, Vienna (2019); The Estate Summer, Kim? The Contemporary Art Centre, Riga (2019); Lost in the Pool of Shadows, curated by Luca Lo Pinto, Emanuel Layr, Rome (2019); Article 132–75, The Art Side of Kartell, curated by Ferruccio Laviani and Rita Selvaggio, Palazzo Reale, Milan (2019); Tra l’inquietudine e il martello, Galleria Federico Vavassori, Milan (2018); ITALIANA. L’Italia vista dalla moda, 1971–2001, curated by Maria Luisa Frisa and Stefano Tonchi, Palazzo Reale, Milan (2018).

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