“Luxury has never ceased to accompany the history of humanity, transforming matter into symbol,” explained Stefano Zecchi, the curator of the “Luxus — Lo Stupore della Bellezza [Beauty’s Wonder]” exhibition, which opened Thursday at the Palazzo Reale venue in Milan.
The exhibition, which runs through Sept. 30, explores the notion of luxury, highlighting how much it impacted Western culture over the centuries, retracing its historical changes.
The exhibition path is divided into 11 rooms located in the Prince’s apartments section of the three-story palazzo. Each room explores a different aspect of how luxury has evolved and has been perceived through a Wunderkammer-like display of objects including artworks, fashion items, theater costumes and interior design pieces.
For example, the Room of the Treasure displays items from contemporary jeweler Roberto Coin juxtaposed with gold and ceramic timepieces lent by the Poldi Pezzoli collection, while shoe prototypes from the Atelier Giuseppe Zanotti collection are showcased alongside brocade fabrics manufactured by Gruppo Rubelli and poet Gabriele D’Annunzio’s silk nightgowns.
The “Luxus — Lo Stupore della Bellezza” exhibition.
The 10th space, the Room of the Carousel, is named after the whirligig placed at the center of the room on which pieces of contemporary fashion lent from Palazzo Morando are