Emilio Cavallini – Geometric Abstraction – Press release

Geometric Abstraction

Emilio Cavallini

curated by Greta Zuccali and Luca Timpani

18 January – 31 March 2019

Opening 17 January 2019, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Interface HUB/ART

Via Privata Passo Pordoi 7/3 – Milan

Me Milano – Il Duca

Piazza della Repubblica 13 – Milano

Interface HUB/ART presents Geometric Abstraction which marks out the Emilio Cavallini’s creative path from the 1970s to the present day.

The exhibition, curated by Greta Zuccali and Luca Timpani, is realized thanks to the technical support of Interface Facility Management, and will run from January 18th to March 31st, 2019.

The exhibition space Interface HUB/ART announces the exhibition of Emilio Cavallini Geometric Abstraction, a journey composed of more than thirty works that unveil the artistic universe of the famous creator of women’s stockings, from the seventies up to today.

At the same time, at the 5 star hotel ME Milano – Il Duca – one of the largest hotel companies in the world- other works by the artist and stylist Emilio Cavallini will be on view, a game of osmosis with the public that will involve the reception, the library, the central corridor and the Radio Rooftop Bar. The exhibition is part of the Cultural Program by MEbyMELIA which opens its spaces to culture and art.

Emilio Cavallini is a textile entrepreneur, founder of the Stilnovo in San Miniato, a company producing fancy socks exported all over the world.

Since launching his eponymous label more than 40 years ago, Emilio Cavallini has developed his passion for art: he creates works of art from the nonstop artistic research and the reuse of the nylon thread, the printed fabrics and of reels for yarns.

Only a few years ago, in 2010, Emilio decides to dedicate himself solely to his art. In February 2011, at the Triennale Expo in Milan, Emilio shows his work to the public for the first time. For the occasion, a monographic volume entitled “The magnificent obsession” was published by Skira, curated by Benedetta Barzini, in which is drawn the unusual path taken by the entrepreneur-artist with total naturalness.

It turned out that Cavallini’s work can be considered avant-garde and it can be inserted, even though in a context of autonomous development, in the artistic research field of the second half of the 20th century, in an optical-kinetic, analytical and generative art.

Geometric Abstraction is also a celebration of color, a vital element in Cavallini’s work. To give depth, the artist does not use a single color, but, two, three, sometimes even four colors. Behind it is all its history, the work of forty years.

The exhibition at Interface HUB/ART will also feature six “stalactites” 4 meters hight made of nylon wire which will create a dialogue with the public in a mysterious atmosphere.

For the exhibition, a catalogue with a critical text by Laura Cherubini.

Emilio Cavallini was born in San Miniato, Pisa in 1945. In the mid-sixties he dedicated himself to his greatest passions: fashion and art, and his work emerged in an innovative and original way. In the late sixties he went to London and collaborated with Mary Quant on her stocking collections. Emilio Cavallini reinvented the idea of pantyhose, drawing his inspiration from contemporary art, and stockings became an elegant accessory that redefined women.

Through the years, his innovative style has led him to collaborate with Mary Quant, Dior, Cé line, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga and Gucci. Celebrities were very supportive of his work: Madonna, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and many more were spotted wearing Emilio Cavallini hosiery or ready to wear. Emilio Cavallini’s designer career lead him to navigate artistic circles, especially in the United States. While he gained notoriety as a designer in the fashion world, he started to create important artworks to fulfill his own personal interests. A few years ago, in 2010, he decided to devote himself exclusively to his art and to make it public.

Emilio Cavallini uses unconventional materials for his art, materials borrowed from the fashion world: nylon yarns, printed fabrics, his own tights, yarn’s reels etc. His artistic research is founded on geometry and mathematics: dots, lines, squares, triangles, circles are settled in a 3D environment. Everything follows combinatorial principles, permutations, growth algorithms and the most recent mathematical-geometrical theories, as you can see from his artworks titles. Emilio Cavallini’s artistic path follows important art movements of the second half of the 1900’s from the Kinetic Art to the Generative Art. In February 2011 the Triennale Expo in Milan presented a large retrospective of his work entitled Transguration.

In 2015 his artworks were shown at the gallery “Rosai e Ugolini” in New York, at “Opera Gallery” in Paris and at “Galleria Valmore” in Vicenza, Italy.

In the 2016 he exposed at “GR Gallery” in New York.

Emilio Cavallini artistic path was outlined in the book Magnicent Obsession curated by Benedetta Barzini, published by Skira.


Interface HUB/ART

Via Privata Passo Pordoi, 7/3 – 20139 – Milan


Thursday, January 17 6:30 – 9:30 pm With free drink

Open to the public

18 January – 31 March 2019

Monday – Friday: 9:30 am – 12:30 am / 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Saturday – Sunday: by appointment only

Free admission

Press office

Interface HUB/ART | contacthub@interface-hub.it | +39 02.78624488

Press Office Emilio Cavallini

Silvia Macchetto PR&Communications | silvia@silviamacchetto.com | +39 3383429581

ME Milano – Il Duca www.mebymelia.com

Technical sponsor

Interface Facility Management, a company dealing with the facility management for the fashion and luxury retail, supports “Geometric Abstraction” in the setting up phase. The set of services relating to the management of buildings and their plants concerns the management of spaces dedicated to the arts such as galleries and museums.

The company operates throughout Italy and it is present with sister companies in France, Spain, the UK, Germany and Swizterland (www.interfacefm.com).