Volevo essere Walt Disney


Monday, January 21 | 6:30 pm

He wanted to be Walt Disney and he became Alessandro Mendini. Creator of a parallel universe, ironic and tragic, intimate and able to speak to the world, in any language. Architecture, art, design, writing, and critique. A protagonist of the 20th and 21st centuries telling the story of a dream come true, like Walt Disney.

The Istituto Italiano di Cultura, in collaboration with DX, launches the premièr of “Volevo essere Walt Disney”, Francesca Molteni’s homage to Alessandro Mendini one of the most brilliant architect and designer of our times. . In Volevo essere Walt Disney, Molteni beautifully captures Mendini’s playful, ironic, fairy tale vision — a parallel, utopian universe not unlike that of the title’s namesake, Walt Disney.

Volevo essere Walt Disney explores Mendini’s iconic collaborations with Alessi, Bisazza, and Swatch, among others —creations that reinvented the language of Italian design. The film features extensive interviews with Mendini himself, along with influential figures from the world of contemporary design and architecture including Joseph Grima, Anna Gili, Germano Celant, and Giovanna Mazzocchi, to name a few.


Few people have been as instrumental in promoting avant-garde Italian design as Alessandro Mendini. The architect, designer, journalist, poet, and educator is best known for his holistic postmodern approach, freely combining elements from various cultures and time periods, while mixing the highbrow with kitsch. His acclaimed projects include the multicolored masterpiece that is the Groninger Museum and his iconic Proust chair, a 20th-century update to a Neo-Baroque French armchair, which he covered in a hand-painted fabric of Pointillist dots inspired by a painting by Paul Signac. (In 2014, he recreated the chair in marble). In 1979, Mendini teamed up with his fellow maestri Ettore Sottsass and Michele De Lucchi to create Studio Alchimia; three years later, he co-founded the influential Domus Academy.