Petra Blaisse, Niels Olsen, and Fredi Fischli at Dropcity, Milan

Join us to celebrate the launch of Inside Outside / Petra Blaisse’s dazzling retrospective Art Applied in Milan, home to one of the practice’s largest and most breathtaking projects – the Biblioteca degli Alberi at the Porta Nuova. Petra will be in conversation with editors Niels Olsen and Fredi Fischli. 

Friday 12 April
19:00 CEST

Via Sammartini 38-60
20125 Milano

About Art Applied

This retrospective of the oeuvre of Petra Blaisse and her acclaimed studio Inside Outside presents a kaleidoscopic view of their work across interior, exhibition, and landscape design over the course of more than three decades. Rather than working solely on static buildings, Inside Outside design environments across a huge variety of scales, from expansive urban landscapes to intimate domestic spaces defined by soft textile walls. The resulting spaces defy conventional classification. This comprehensive survey encompasses renowned projects including the recently completed Taipei Performing Arts Center; the Kunsthal Rotterdam; Biblioteca degli Alberi in Milan, a park spanning almost ten hectares; and LocHal Library in Tilburg, a vast factory repurposed using an architecture of semi-translucent curtains. It also presents revelatory unrealised projects and explores the studio’s many collaborations, including the rich body of work produced with OMA since the late 1980s.

Opening with a collection of incisive thematic essays, Art Applied presents detailed accounts of projects from 1985 to the present day, accompanied by personal accounts by Petra Blaisse, partners Jana Crepon and Aura Luz Melis, and members of their team. The studio’s diverse methods and distinctive forms of expression are reflected in the book itself, whose language spans cartoonish production manuals, technical drawings, collage, photography, and scientific plant studies, over almost 900 pages. Art Applied suggests countless means of intervention and inhabitation, encouraging us to strive restlessly for new ways of seeing our built environment.

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