Made in Italy: MITA Textile Design 1926–1976 Miami Beach - Art Deco District/South Beach

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Made in Italy: MITA Textile Design 1926–1976 is part of Miami Museum Month (May 1 - May 31). Learn more about the Miami Museum Month Program

Made in Italy: MITA Textile Design 1926–1976

Nov 16 2018  -  Apr 28 2019
Museum Exhibit

Art and design, modern industry and handcraft—these were the ingredients brought together by MITA, an Italian firm specializing in carpets, tapestries, and other textiles. Founded in Genoa as the Manifattura Italiana Tappeti Artistici (Italian Artistic Carpet Manufactory) in 1926 by Mario Alberto Ponis, MITA earned its reputation by collaborating with some of Italy's most talented artists and designers to create carpets inspired by modernist aesthetic trends while employing up-to-date production techniques. After the Second World War, MITA expanded production to include tapestries and fabrics with both abstract and figurative patterns—striking designs that secured lucrative commissions, decorated ocean liners, and were showcased in international exhibitions.

Carpets, tapestries, scarves, and printed fabrics, as well as original design drawings, will showcase exceptional work by designers like Gio Ponti, Fortunato Depero, Enrico Paulucci, Emanuele Luzzati, Arnaldo Pomodoro, Gio Pomodoro, and Ettore Sottsass, Jr., revealing a characteristically Italian approach to industry and design.

Made in Italy is organized by The Wolfsonian–Florida International University, Miami Beach, Florida, and The Wolfsoniana–Palazzo Ducale Fondazione per la Cultura, Genoa, Italy.


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1001 Washington Ave.
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(305) 531-1001




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