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Writer, curator and art dealer Kenny Schachter deciphers fact from fiction in the art world

Long Live the Difference! On Carlo Mollino

24.04.2013
Bisiluro da corsa, Nardi – Mollino – Giannini, 1955, © Alessandro Nassiri, Archivio Museo Scienza.
Bisiluro da corsa, Nardi – Mollino – Giannini, 1955, © Alessandro Nassiri, Archivio Museo Scienza.

Carlo Mollino, 1905 – 1973, an artist, architect, occultist, and designer of furniture and a racecar. Today the snooty art world would have turned its collective nose up and labeled him a dilettante instead of embracing the creative force of nature he was. I am writing an upcoming piece for a new mag tentatively titled MPH Edition and came across these beauties including an anthropomorphized depiction of the entrant he designed and drove (!) for the 1955 Le Mans race, known as the Bisiluro ("Twin Torpedo"). In the foreground of the 1963 drawing is legendary car designer Pininfarina.

The steering wheel alone is a tour de force; long live the difference! *The market has grown to embrace his kooky and wide-ranging practice with multi million dollar prices for the furniture. You can hardly be surprised he turned to porn, and he kind of did from 1962 to his death in 1973, artfully of course. Well, he is Italian and look how he drew the car in 1963 as a female torso.

Tags: Carlo Mollino, classic cars

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