Oct 2023 The Other Animals _ Lake Como Design Festival


Collective exhibition inspired by the homonymous work by Pliny the Elder.

The Other Animals, hosted in Palazzo del Broletto by the Municipality of Como, is the exhibition that brings to the stage the volumes of the Naturalis Historia in which Pliny dedicates himself to Zoology. Curated by Lorenzo Butti, artistic director of Lake Como Design Festival and Massimiliano Mondelli, president of the Pliniana Academy, the exhibition intends to create an intense and close dialogue between design, craftsmanship, painting, photography and the words of Pliny the Elder who, in his books dedicated to zoology, carries out a vast and animated census on the different species of animals - land, water and birds.

The title of the exhibition, The Other Animals, is inspired by a passage from Pliny that closes book VII dedicated to human beings and anthropology: "Now I will go on to talk about the other animals", underlining the inseparable interconnection of the living beings that inhabit planet Earth.
As Italo Calvino claimed, “Pliny is an author who 'deserves a relaxed reading, in the calm movement of his prose, animated by admiration for everything that exists and by respect for the infinite diversity of phenomena". The Other Animals exhibition pays homage to man's innate fascination for 'the variety and play of Nature' of which we have all always been admired spectators and infinitesimal protagonists".
Among the exhibited artists: Bastien Bonhomme, René Burri, Lucrezia Costa, Ilaria Cuccagna, Andrea Branzi, Enzo Cucchi, Mario De Biasi, Michele De Lucchi, Aldo Londi, Formafantasma, Enzo Mari, Steve McCurry, Ico Parisi, Martin Parr, Ettore Sottsass.

Palazzo del Broletto
Como, piazza Duomo
16-24 September 2023
10 a.m.-7 p.m.