Marion Friedmann has been a design advocate for more than twenty years, working as a curator, collector, art-advisor and consultant. Marion Friedmann Gallery/London launched in 2011 and merges a penchant for the avant-garde with a passion to celebrate and promote the most remarkable emerging and established contemporary designers.
The media acclaimed show `Enlightened Waste ́ marked the beginning of the gallery’s trajectory as an ambassador for international design with an established focus on Mexico and Latin America. Her featured talents were brought to the spotlight in various acclaimed gallery exhibitions between London, Austria, Milan and Mexico City, as well as in a blockbuster museum exhibition at the Museum of Art and Design (MAD) in New York about contemporary Latin American design.
The gallery operates through a nomadic system of bold pop-up exhibitions and represents vanguard limited edition design with a special interest in `Materiality ́’. The pieces and works range from furniture, lighting, sculpture to objets d`art and include developments of special commissions for clients. Following its mission the gallery serves as a platform of exchange between the continents, with shows overseas as well as in London and Europe.

In her curatorial and research roles Friedmann has been working on a wide range of projects with clients and collaborators like the Victoria and Albert Museum (2008-ongoing), the British Council, the London Design Festival and has lectured about Design, Curation and Latin American Design at Kingston University & the Design Museum, Chelsea College of Art and Design, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, ADM Institute Mexico City and Centro University, Mexico City.

RECENT SHOW MILAN:

MIART and FUORISALNE during SALONE DEL MOBILE 31 March – 9 April, 2017:

GALA FERNANDEZ / ANALOG DIALOGUES – CONVERSATIONS THROUGH MAKING

GALA FERNANDEZ / ANALOG DIALOGUES – CONVERSATIONS THROUGH MAKING
@ Istituto Caterina da Siena
Viale Lombardia, 89
Press & PV Cocktail: 31 March, 2pm-9.30pm
Thereafter: 3-9 April, 10am-5pm

ANALOG DIALOGUES – CONVERSATIONS THROUGH MAKING was curated by designer Gala Fernández (ES) and Marion Friedmann: a highly collaborative exhibition including a workshop with students from the Fashion and Graphics school Istituto Caterina da Siena in Milan and other artists & designers from different parts of the world. Fernández and the architect & designer Eleanora Guidotti (IT) entered into dialogues of making and creating with the students and the materials they worked with (glass and textiles). Over the course of 10 days those partners together created an immersive light installation, called ANALOG WEB, mounted in the stunning labyrinthic vaults of the school, which were before never seen by the public. Magic glass-spheres blown beforehand in Murano – through a dialogue between Fernandez and the glass blower-duo Carlo and Emmanule Colizza (glass workshop Antichi Angeli, Murano, Venice) – were woven into an `analog web´ of knitted fabrics, using the extraordinary technique developed by designer Eleanora Guidotti. Gala Fernández also brought `Sweet and Sour Series´ – her new ceramic lamps – to Milan which she created in dialogue with ceramicist María de Andrés (ES). The workshop of María in Madrid further collaborated with artist David Trullo (ES) for the creation of `Proserpina´, his candleholders made from discarded pottery.

Gala Fernández further entered into dialog with illustrator Giorgia Ricci (IT), Davide Fichera
and Lorena Serrano from eyewear brand Nina Mûr (ES), collage artist Ramón Tormes (ES), photographer Ciuco Gutiérrez (ES), Lucía Bermejo (ES) from design brand Videgreniers, display designer Marco Bernardelli (IT), designer Anna Fabrizi and Gloria Mayeli from Arta ceramics (IT), Pepa Mendoza & Michael Fischer from Feltum (MEX) and the unforgettable Ettore Sottsass, who inspired her for `Caro Ettore´, a sculptural marble set designed to be played with.

ANALOG DIALOGUES was full of play and wonder. It referred on one hand to the genuine making of things, the handmade, the honest craft skills and the humble materials involved. On the other hand it referred to the instant, direct and collaborative contacts created through the processes of the making and the conversations with the local Milanese students and the other artist-protagonists invited in this fascinating process. The show embraced such materials like glass, textiles, pottery, clay, porcelaine, marble, felt, metals and wood. In the development of the show there was room for the unexpected, spontaneous and experimental.

Dialogues further refers to the web and network all partners in this project had to build in order to convey the exhibition to a wider audience in Milan and beyond and draw people and visitors to the school as a new and off the beaten-track destination. The overall educational aim was to make local teenage students a part of this international spectacle and pass on to them the spirit to get involved within their city.

The participants of the gallery show: Gala Fernandez / Analog Dialogues  -Conversations through Making,

The participants of the gallery show: Gala Fernandez / Analog Dialogues – Conversations through Making, image by Gala

RECENT FAIR LONDON:

Crossroads Art Fair London
3-6- OCt 2016

RECENT NEWS NEW YORK:

The gallery was very pleased to have been part in a major exhibition at the Museum of Art and Design in New York (MAD), with three limited edition works by gallery designers Thierry Jeannot and Ariel Rojo. After the MAD appearance the show travelled on to the Albuquerque Museum and later to the Museo Amparo, Puebla (Mexico).

NEW TERRITORIES – Laboratories for Design, Craft, and Art in Latin America
New York City: November 4, 2014 to April, 2015
Albuquerque: Dec 2015 to April 2016
Puebla: June 2016 to September 2016

MORNING STAR was launched and unveiled to the public at the MAD New York (Museum of Art and Design), in their major show ‘NEW TERRITORIES – Laboratories for Design, Craft and Art in Latin America’

The term “new territories,” as evoked by Italian architect and designer Gaetano Pesce, refers to the state of making in today’s globalized society, a phenomenon that has helped to spur a confluence of art, design and craft. The exhibition New Territories: Laboratories for Design, Craft and Art in Latin America examines this trend in several distinct cities throughout Latin America, where some of the most pertinent new directions in arts and design are emerging today.

New Territories explores the collaborations between small manufacturing operations and craftspersons, artists, and designers, and demonstrates how the resulting work addresses not only the issues of commodification and production, but also of urbanization, displacement and sustainability. The exhibition explores a number of key themes, including: the dialogue between contemporary trends and artistic legacies in Latin American art; the use of repurposed materials in strategies of upcycling; the blending of digital and traditional skills; and the reclamation of personal and public space.

New Territories was organized by MAD’s Chief Curator Lowery Stokes Sims and Adriana Kertzer, Curatorial Assistant and Project Manager. It follows MAD’s groundbreaking 2010 exhibition The Global Africa Project, which presented new craft, design, and art that transcended nationality and regionalism in its presentation of the new nomadic paradigm of African identity. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully-illustrated, full color catalogue that will be published in separate English and Spanish editions by Turner Libros of Madrid and Mexico City [cit from the MAD webpage]

New Territories Book Publication MAD Museum of Art And Design New York

New Territories Book Publication MAD Museum of Art And Design New York