Centro Culturale Chiasso

Franco Grignani (1908-1999). Polisensorialità fra arte, grafica e fotografia / Multi-sensoriality between art, graphics and photography

edited by Mario Piazza and Nicoletta Ossanna Cavadini

Skira, Milan - Geneva, 2019

Italian - English

24 x 24 cm cm, pp. 382

ISBN 9788857240787

CHF 36.- / Euro 36

Franco Grignani (1908-1999) was one of the most important gures in twentieth-century visual communication. This catalogue of the exhibition devoted to him at the m.a.x. museo in Chiasso records the complexity of his achievements and his research into the subject of multi-sensoriality. The exhibition layout and documentary inquiry explore his work in the three main elds of photography, graphic design and art. Through research conducted at the family archives, speci c holdings in the Museo di Fotogra a Contemporanea – MUFOCO based in Cinisello Balsamo (Milan) and the Associazione Italiana Design della Comunicazione Visiva – AIAP, as well as among important Italian and Swiss private art collections, it is now possible to reconstruct the fundamental stages in Franco Grignani’s artistic experimentation.

Achille Castiglioni visionario. L’alfabeto allestitivo di un designer regista / Achille Castiglioni visionary. The installational alphabet of a designer director

by Ico Migliore, Mara Servetto, Italo Lupi and Nicoletta Ossanna Cavadini

Éditions d'Art Albert Skira, Geneva, 2018

bilingual Italian-English

24 x 24 cm, pp. 308

ISBN 9788857239415

CHF 35.- / Euro 35

Achille Castiglioni, an internationally renowned architect with a powerful visionary ability, was a great protagonist of the golden season of design in the sixties.

In his long career he created 290 objects – true icons of the culture of modernity – and 484 exhibition designs, an instrument of cultural and commercial communication of extraordinary importance, always central to the tradition of making.

Sketches, drawings, models, original objects and prototypes highlight his perfect combination of simplicity and irony, his great ability as an exhibition designer, the depth of his ideas and his ability to construct spaces in close collaboration with graphic design, in particular by the Swiss Max Huber.


Enzo Cucchi. Cinquant’anni di grafica d’artista. Fifty Years of Art Graphics

edited by Alessandro Cucchi, Nicoletta Ossanna Cavadini (with essays by the editors, Mario Botta and Brunella Antomarini; fully illustrated)

Edizioni NERO, Rome, 2017

bilingual Italian-English

24 x 24 cm, pp. 296

ISBN 9788880560067

CHF 30.- / Euro 30

Enzo Cucchi, the most visionary of the Transavanguardia artists, has always displayed particular care and passion for graphic design and the book-catalogue as object.

The exhibition presents for the first time the fundamental phases of Cucchi’s graphic research, from his early period in the seventies to the present, revealing his complex creative development, rich in ripensamenti, research, documents, and the surprising solutions adopted by the artist, such as very large and very small works. The formats follow inscrutable rules, faithful to the images they contain. Cucchi often combines different printing methods. Hand-written characters and inscriptions alternate with images of the heroes of the Marche countryside, animals, hills and houses concealed between the folds of the leporellos, the corners of the pages and flaps, charged with echoes from the land of his origin enriched by his experience as an artist of international calibre.

Federico Seneca (1891-1976). Segno e forma nella pubblicità. Sign and Form in Advertising

edited by Nicoletta Ossanna Cavadini, Dario Cimorelli, Marta Mazza, Luigi Sansone (with essays by the editors and Renato Covino; fully illustrated)

Silvana Editoriale, Cinisello Balsamo, 2016

bilingual Italian-English

24 x 24 cm, pp. 272

ISBN 9788836635214

CHF 36.- / Euro 34

Federico Seneca was one of the undisputed masters of 20th-century advertising and graphic design. From his posters in Art Nouveau style for the seaside resort of Fano, his home town, he advanced to a Futurist vision and Art Déco, finally attaining a modern synthesis of forms in the early 1950s. During his career he worked with the most innovative firms of the period, including Perugina, Buitoni, Rayon, Cinzano, Talmon, Stipel, Panettoni Sala, Salchi, Lane BBB, Agip and Ramazzotti.

A broad selection of his works is presented here: posters, graphic designs, signage, logos, and the plaster sculptures that he used as sketches for the figures enlivening his advertisements.

Daniel Spoerri. Eat Art in transformation

edited by Susanne Bieri, Antonio d'Avossa, Nicoletta Ossanna Cavadini (with essays by the editors, Barbara Räderscheidt and Serena Goldoni, with a documentary appendix; fully illustrated)

Silvana Editoriale, Cinisello Balsamo, 2015

bilingual Italian-English

24 x 24 cm, pp. 256

ISBN 9788836631315

CHF 36.- / Euro 36

Daniel Spoerri, a Swiss artist born in 1930, is the founder of Eat Art, a term he coined in 1967, engaging in a critical reflection on the fundamental principles of nutrition in relation to human spiritual values.

The continual attraction of humanity towards the epochal theme of food – interpreted as the basic interface between art and life – is presented here through Spoerri’s early experimental works related to the review “Material”, his kinetic multiples, famous tableaux-pièges (“snare paintings”), sculptures and graphic research, but also his recipes, menus and relationships with contemporary artists and friends. The latter included Eva Aeppli, Marcel Duchamp, Meret Oppenheim, Man Ray, Jean Tinguely and Roland Topor.

Serge Brignoni 1903-2002. Artista e collezionista. Il viaggio silenzioso / Artist and Collector. The silent Journey

edited by Francesco Paolo Campione, Nicoletta Ossanna Cavadini (with essays by Marco Fagioli, Luigi Sansone, biobibliography by Alessia Borellini and apparatus by Barbara Gianinazzi and Günther Giovannoni)

Silvana Editoriale, Cinisello Balsamo, 2013

bilingual Italian-English

24 x 24 cm, pp. 216

ISBN 9788836627424

CHF 38.- / Euro 32

The volume retraces the intellectual and artistic development of Serge Brignoni (1903-2002), considered by critics as one of the most important Swiss Surrealists. A friend of Alberto Giacometti, Georges Braque, Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró, Brignoni developed an independent vocabulary through his intense participation in the leading European avant-garde movements, after early works that experimented with German Expressionism.

The volume presents a significant overview of his output – paintings, sculptures, graphic works, collages – through striking comparisons with the masterpieces of ethnic art in his famous collection.

Teresa Leiser Giupponi (1922-1993), pittrice, grafica e scultrice

edited by Nicoletta Ossanna Cavadini (with essays by Nicoletta Ossanna Cavadini, Marco Fagioli, Jacopo Gilardi and Maria Will)

Silvana Editoriale, Cinisello Balsamo, 2012


24 x 22 cm, pp. 72

ISBN 9788836624904

CHF 21.- / Euro 18

The volume retraces the human and professional progress of Teresa Leiser Giupponi (1922-93), a Swiss painter, graphic artist and sculptor, who in the course of her life engaged in an artistic development of notable quality and sensitivity. Through a significant selection of works – woodcuts, silkscreen prints, linocuts, sculptures and paintings – it brings her work to the attention of the public, giving her due recognition for a refined, consistent, and expressive aesthetic research of rare subtlety, which is still highly relevant.

Dario Fo, la pittura di un narratore

edited by Marco Biscione, Nicoletta Ossanna Cavadini (with essays by Dario Fo, Nicoletta Ossanna Cavadini, Felice Cappa, Emilio Tadini, Carsten Juhl, Domenico Pertocoli)

Mazzotta, Milano, 2011


24 x 22 cm, pp. 232

ISBN 9788820219796

CHF 42.- / Euro 35

Dario Fo is known to the general public as actor, director, set designer, writer and Nobel Prize Winner for Literature. But the volume offers an in-depth look at what was actually his first artistic activity: painting.

Fo trained at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan under the guidance of notable masters such as Achille Funi and Carlo Carrà, then passed to a first-hand acquaintance with Pablo Picasso, while coming under the influence of Giorgio de Chirico and Marc Chagall.

The volume on Dario Fo, the painting of narrator, presents some two hundred works, including various materials never published before: oil paintings and large acrylics, together with pencil studies, sketches, polychromatic drawings, lithographs, tapestries and collages, which make it possible to analyse the various phases of his artistic research and ideas. The objective, clearly described in the essays, is to encompass the complex path of Fo characterised by multiple experiences, moments of reflection and research, carried out between the 1940s and the first decade of the 21st century.

Gillo Dorfles: Movimento Arte Concreta (1948-1958)

edited by Luigi Sansone, Nicoletta Ossanna Cavadini (with texts by Luigi Sansone, Nicoletta Ossanna Cavadini and Anna Comino)

Mazzotta, Milan, 2010


24 x 22 cm, pp. 112

ISBN 9788820219529

CHF 30.- / Euro 21

Devoted to Gillo Dorfles, a prominent exponent of MAC – Concrete Art Movement – in his twofold role as artist and art critic as well as a fine scholar, the volume features a collection of works by Dorfles from the period when he was a member of the MAC and his contacts in Ticino and Switzerland. It presents some seventy works, all from 1948 to 1958, mostly paintings, drawings, sketches, lithographs and linocuts, but also a rare selection of ceramics.