Design Italiano : la cultura del progetto. Les signatures italiennes de la collection du Grand-Hornu

Design Italiano : la cultura del progetto. Top Italian names from the Grand-Hornu’s collection Situated in Hainaut, in a former industrial site listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, the CID (centre d’innovation et de design) at the Grand-Hornu has an important collection of design, with around 300 items. They include a series of objects created by leading Italian designers – Andrea Branzi, Ettore Sottsass, Enzo Mari, Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, Michele De Lucchi and Gaetano Pesce... Though small, the Grand-Hornu collection is quite specialised, linked as it is to the site’s history, and to the artists who have exhibited here and developed a special relationship with the site. In 2003, as part of the Europalia Italy festival, the Grand Hornu hosted the exhibition I maestri, in collaboration with the Milan Triennale Design Museum. This representative collection is a reminder of the role of design in Western society during the second half of the twentieth century, with the CID completing the core collection of Italian items with a number of iconic objects, landmarks in the history of Italian industrial design. The most recent acquisitions, boosted by some invaluable donations, were chosen because of their highly contemporary and innovative nature, at the time of their creation, but also today – proof they are the work of masters of design. In the framework of Brussels Design September, the Italian Cultural Institute exposes the Grand-Hornu’s collection of Italian design from 14th September to 9th October 2016. Opening hours: Monday - Friday from 9:30am to 1pm and from 2pm to 5pm.