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Volevo essere Walt Disney (I wanted to be Walt Disney)


Mon, Jan 21, 2019

6:30 pm — 8:00 pm





Location Accessible

Design Exchange

234 Bay Street


‘Volevo essere Walt Disney (I wanted to be Walt Disney)’
In Italian with English subtitles

Film screening followed by Q&A with director Francesca Molteni, designers Zaven (Enrica Cavarzan and Marco Zavagno) and curator Maria Cristina Didero.

“In just thirty-five extraordinary minutes of emotion, the short film retraces the poetics of one of the most brilliant minds of our time.” —Ciak Magazine

In collaboration with the Design Exchange, the Istituto Italiano di Cultura presents ‘Volevo essere Walt Disney’, Francesca Molteni’s film homage to Alessandro Mendini, one of the most brilliant architects and designers of our times. In ‘Volevo essere Walt Disney’, Molteni beautifully captures Mendini’s playful, ironic, fairy tale vision — a parallel, utopian universe not unlike that of the title’s namesake, Walt Disney.

‘Volevo essere Walt Disney’ explores Mendini’s iconic collaborations with Alessi, Bisazza, and Swatch, among others —creations that reinvented the language of Italian design. The film features extensive interviews with Mendini himself, along with influential figures from the world of contemporary design and architecture including Joseph Grima, Anna Gili, Germano Celant, and Giovanna Mazzocchi, to name a few.

Few people have been as instrumental in promoting avant-garde Italian design as Alessandro Mendini. The architect, designer, journalist, poet, and educator is best known for his holistic postmodern approach, which freely combines elements from various cultures and time periods while mixing the highbrow with kitsch. In 1979, Mendini teamed up with fellow visionaries Ettore Sottsass and Michele De Lucchi to create Studio Alchimia; three years later, he co-founded the influential Domus Academy.

‘Volevo essere Walt Disney’ is co-presented by the Istituto Italiano di Cultura and the Design Exchange in collaboration with MUSE Factory of Projects.


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Director: Francesca Molteni
Designers: Zaven (Enrica Cavarzan and Marco Zavagno)
Curator: Maria Cristina Didero