Alessi has donated 29 objects from the company’s catalog to the prestigious Indianapolis Museum of Art in Indiana. The acquisition which includes designs from a number of different periods throughout Alessi’s rich 90-year history, was made through a collaboration between Museo Alessi, Alberto Alessi, president of Alessi and the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
The new contemporary design galleries will open on November 22, 2013. The reinstallation of the museum’s expanded collection of modern design will span nearly 10,000 square feet and will feature more than 400 objects.
The IMA’s Department of Design Arts was created in 2007 and focuses on a collection of post-1945 design, representing a wide range of media, including furniture, glass, ceramics, metalwork, and product design from Europe, the U.S., and Asia.
Over the last six years, the department has acquired more than 1200 objects including such iconic Alessi designs as Riccardo Dalisi’s ‘90018’ Neapolitan coffee maker, Alessandro Mendini’s Anna G. corkscrew, Richard Sapper’s ‘9090’ espresso coffee maker and ‘9091’ kettle, Michael Graves’ Coffee & Tea Piazza Service and Philippe Starck’s ‘Juicy Salif’ citrus juicer, as well as newer items in the Alessi collection such as the Campana Brothers’ ‘Peneira’ baskets and Alessandro Mendini’s ‘Moka Alessi’. Additionally, rare, limited-stock items such as Marc Newson’s Gemini salt and pepper mills and Andrea Branzi’s ‘Mama-ó’ kettle made the donation list.
Alessi has had a special relationship with the IMA since Alberto Alessi made the trip to Indiana in 2009 to speak at the museum’s European Design Symposium, paired with an exhibition entitled European Design Since 1985: Shaping the New Century, in which Alessi was prominently featured, the company said. The 29 recently acquired Alessi products will join the over 50,000 works already housed in the museum’s permanent collection.