Andrea Branzi at Wright’s Mass Modern Day 1 Auction in Chicago

Andrea Branzi at Wright’s Mass Modern Day 1 Auction in Chicago

The annual Mass Modern Auction to be held by Wright in Chicago on August 9 and 10, 2018, will feature works by architect and interior designer Andrea Branzi among others.

Andrea Branzi is best known for his contribution to 20th century industrial design, urban planning and engineering. He has received the prestigious Compasso d’Oro three times and is an active proponent of the Radical Architecture movement.

Born in Florence in 1938, Branzi had a passion for visual art and construction at a young age and eventually enrolled at the local School of Architecture. During the time spent here, he met Gilberto Coretti, Paolo Deganello, Massimo Morozzi and Dario and Lucia Bartolini. Sharing a similar creative mind, Branzi joined with these architects to form the “Archizoom Associati” in the early 1960s. They organized their first public exhibition in December of 1966 which was a few months after Branzi received his degree. The show featured a series of colorful prototypes and projections based on Radical Anti-Design, an aesthetic that in contemporary times is categorized as kitsch.

In 1967, Branzi became an assistant to Domenico Cardino at the Florence School of Architecture for two years. He later began exploring radical architecture and began with reflections on the various aspects and images of urban spaces. Branzi moved to Milan to establish the Consulenti Design Milano with Massimo Morozzi, Ettore Sottsass, Clino Trini Castelli, Alessandro Mendini and Gianni Cutolo after the dissolution of Archizoom in 1974.

This period pushed the artist to study environmental design further and also as a matter of fact led him to publish several books on this subject. He also involved himself in stage design, more recently having created the sets and costumes for Karole Armitage’s ballet “Bluebeard.”

In addition to Andrea Branzi’s works, this two-day event features more than 500 lots of 20th and 21st century art, design and objects, which includes works by mid-century favorites such as Charles and Ray Eames, Alexander Girard, Alvar Aalto and Pierre Jeanneret.



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