Passione Italiana: The Art of Espresso
February 24 - June 15, 2019
Passione Italiana chronicled the evolution of the espresso machine and documented technological and industrial design developments. The exhibit showcased espresso makers used in Italy during the mid-twentieth century—alongside inventive coffee sets and unique crockery—and traversed through the decades, highlighting the influence that designers such as Aldo Rossi, Toyo Ito, Richard Sapper and Massimiliano Fuksas have had on classic and contemporary models.
Appealing to both design lovers and coffee enthusiasts alike, the exhibition surveyed the social and historical impact that coffee and coffeehouses have had around the world, including the role of cafés as incubators in social justice movements and how they have helped fuel everything from literary and musical achievements to political revolutions.
With Passione Italiana, MODA also introduced the Co.Lab, an experiential space within one of our galleries that was inspired by the spirit of creativity fueled by coffee. The immersive environment was developed by MODA with some of Atlanta’s most creative entities to offer a center for making, thinking, talking and learning, and featured expansive communal tables within an inviting shared space.
Visitors to Co.Lab were invited to participate in What is Your Story, a crowd-sourced storytelling installation organized by design firm Orange Sparkle Ball and nonprofit sister Spark Corps in collaboration with BooknBrunch that provided a touching look at how untold stories, struggles, and secrets can forge connections. The hands-on project invited guests to anonymously inscribe their story in a used book on view at MODA and give visitors the opportunity to respond to these stories by sending a supportive message via postcard.
Visitors were also invited to take part in programming on Thursday mornings, presented by Constellations, a civic and socially based workspace aiming to make a positive difference in the world. Further exhibition-related programming was presented by Bellina Alimentari and by Docent Coffee.
Designers, manufacturers, and coffee companies featured in Passione Italiana included:
Andreas Seegatz-Stars Milano
Andrew Smith and Per Selvaag
Bilge Nur Saltik
Bruno Munari and Enzo Mari
Daniel Debiasi and Federico Sandri
Kees van der Westen
Massimiliano Fuksas and Doriana Mandrelli
Michele De Lucchi
Ugo La Pietra
Exhibition Curator & Exhibition Development
Concept and production by CUBE DESIGN MUSEUM in co-operation with IMF Foundation.
Exhibition featured objects on loan from the the Alessi Museum, and the private collections of Enrico Maltoni, Franco Balzarotti, Kent Bakke, and Alessio Sarri.