June 9, 2014, various
Los Angeles, CA
A tribute to the legendary architect and designer
Los Angeles (CA), June 9 – July 31, 2014

The Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles and the Italian Cultural Institute, in collaboration with Fondazione Vico Magistretti, present Vico Magistretti: The Functional Beauty, the first project in the Western United States dedicated to the Italian architect and designer, who, during his lifetime, received some of the most important awards in the field of design, including the Compasso d’Oro and the First Prize of the Triennale of Milan. Vico Magistretti: The Functional Beauty is arranged into two separate, but interconnected exhibits.

Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Los Angeles (IIC)
The Italian Cultural Institute (IIC) was established in 1984 by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to promote Italian culture in the USA. The building, designed by Robert E. Alexander, partner of Richard Neutra, houses an art gallery, a theater for screenings, lectures, conferences, and concerts, as well as a library that contains over 6000 volumes and is open to the public. The Institute organizes Italian language classes and encourages the translation of Italian authors into English. The IIC also organizes events in collaboration with numerous local institutions with the goal of presenting Italy in all its cultural complexity, in the fields of visual arts, architecture and design, music, cinema and theater, literature, science, fashion and gastronomy.

Fondazione Vico Magistretti
The Vico Magistretti Foundation was established in January 2010 and is headed by Susanna Magistretti, the architect’s daughter.
The Foundation aims to preserve and promote Vico Magistretti’s archive and work, but, above all, it aims to be “a permanent non-profit institute serving society and its development, open to the public, which carries out research into tangible relics of man and his environment, acquiring, conserving, communicating and exhibiting them for the purposes of study, education and pleasure”.
More specifically, the Foundation aims to serve the general public by displaying not only objects designed by the Italian architect, but also drawings and sketches documenting their creative process. Lastly, the museum sets out to promote Italian architecture and design, both nationally and internationally, by working in conjunction with other organizations based in Milan, first and foremost the Triennale di Milano.