‘Majesty – Illusion between Italy and Canada’ is a virtual exhibition that originated during a series of conversations with curators Francesca Molteni and Maria Cristina Didero. The Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto was eager to present new young protagonists of the most innovative and remarkable Italian design by exploring one of the real and symbolic territories that define Canadian culture and identity: the relationship of humans with wild nature. In this area, designers Chiara Andreatti and Francesco Faccin were able to listen, interpret and represent the tension between the two extremes made up of the artifact and the natural. Ultimately, the exhibition is the result of this dialogue and this exploration, effectively summarized in the video collection and catalogue that accompany it.
The exhibition was to open in May and welcome visitors with an immersive installation in the gallery of the Istituto Italiano di Cultura. Things, as we know, have gone differently. Nature, invoked, has imposed an unexpected direction on events and even our small exhibition project has been suspended during this rarefied time of social distancing.