Gaetano Pesce

Born in La Spezia in 1939 and studied architecture at Venice University. In a career spanning sixty years, guided by a constant drive towards innovation and experimentation, Gaetano Pesce, architect, artist and designer, has created public and private projects in the United States, Europe, Latin America and Asia, in the fields of architecture, town planning, interior design, and industrial and exhibition design. In Pesce’s production, the borders between art, design and industry become irrelevant because art is also a product, it is the creative reply to the needs of the times.
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Pesce has been awarded diverse prizes including the prestigious Chrysler award for innovation and design in 1993; Architektur and Wohnen Designer of the Year in 2006; and the Lawrence J. Israel Prize from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York in 2009. Pesce’s works have been celebrated in exhibitions of outstanding importance, such as Italy: The New Domestic Landscape held at the MoMA in 1972; the retrospective Gaetano Pesce: Le temps des questions, organized in 1996 in the Centre Pompidou; Pushing the limits, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2005; Gaetano Pesce: Il Rumore Del Tempo, at the Milan Triennale, also in 2005; L’Italia in Croce di Gaetano Pesce at the 54th Venice Biennial in 2011; the retrospective Il tempo della diversitá, at the MAXXI in Rome in 2014; Gaetano Pesce: Molds (Gelati Misti) at the MOCA Pacific Design Center in 2016; and Nobody’s Perfect, an exhibition that traveled across China in 2021-2022, showing in Shenzhen, Beijing, and Shanghai. In Fall 2022, Pesce launched 'Come Stai?', a limited edition furniture collection commissioned by Bottega Venta, which debuted in an installation the artist created for the Italian fashion house’s Spring/Summer ’23 runway show.
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Typical of Pesce’s experimental and provocative approach to the production and dissemination of his work, these works occupy a category of their own, between editioned works and unique objects. Pursue our selection below and inquire about how you can make your own piece of history with Gaetano Pesce.