Memphis is Back: Why we See a Colour Explosion, Geometry and 80s Pop from Art to Fashion in 2022?

In the contemporary art world right now, works from emerging artists have, similarly to Memphis, strong references to pop and street culture and are catching the attention of the youngest generations of collectors.

A lot of bold and bright Neon Art is pervading galleries and museums around the world right now, but alongside the neon trend is another vibrant and energetic trend, the revival of the Memphis style.


The Memphis Group was an Italian design and architecture group active from 1980 to 1987. The group designed postmodern furniture, lighting, fabrics, carpets, ceramics, glass and metal objects in bold and vibrant colours in highly geometric shapes and has inspired many contemporary artists.


In the contemporary art world right now, works from emerging artists have, similarly to Memphis, strong references to pop and street culture and are catching the attention of the youngest generations of collectors. And the fact that the art world and its players, from makers to sellers and to buyers, have radically moved into the digitalisation of their creations and modes of selling and buying means that more people have begun to realise the benefit of art as not just an element of adornment for interior and exterior spaces but also as a viable form of investment and to highlight important issues the world is dealing with.

 

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Remember the ubiquitous gleam of liquid metal chrometypes and their stylistic rebellion against the pared-back, purist aesthetic of minimalism? Then came the surge of chiselled fonts that hinted at a yearning for imperfect, handcrafted humanism. The recent rise (and critique) of Corporate Memphis – that intended to inject colour and personality into flat 2D illustrations through spindly-armed characters who are always skipping, dancing or gardening – is also indicative of shifts in the creative industry that outline the changing sentiments of our times.


The movement is so influential now that even the world acclaimed and trend setting TRIENNALE DI MILANO in Italy, from 18 May to 12 June 2022 , has presented ‘Memphis Again’, a direct exhibition curated by Christoph Radl, graphic and creative in the field of design and fashion, and art director.





Exhibited in the evocative space of the Curva della Triennale, this exhibition is also an example of the high degree of transdisciplinary and hybridity of the creative world, as the space merged over 200 objects and furniture by Memphis with fashion catwalks and eighties style clubbing.


Of course, trends in art and design are more consumer-driven in contrast to art movements that are influenced by ideologies and political narratives; yet the Memphis revival is all encompassing and is pollinating all visual sectors in 2022. This not only in the Western world, but also in the geographical areas where the art market has boomed in the last decade or so: Asia and the Middle East.


 





 

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