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“The Longing for Less.” A Lecture by Maria Savostyanova

27 February 2020


Garage’s program in partnership with UNIQLO continues with Maria Savostyanova’s lecture on minimalism in art, contemporary design, and architecture.  

Since the 1960s, when minimalism emerged as a movement in contemporary art, the ideal of getting by with less as well as the love of pure forms and empty spaces have kept evolving, finding new ethical grounds and looking for inspiration in other cultures and eras.

Is it austerity, sensibility or escapism? Why did Susan Sontag argue that minimalism can be hedonistic? In his recent book The Longing for Less: Living with Minimalism, American journalist Kyle Chayka suggests to the reader an alternative understanding of minimalism: not a lifestyle but a way of thinking.

Maria Savostyanova will analyse ten objects of contemporary design, and discuss various examples of minimalist architecture, design, and art, including works by John Pawson, David Chipperfield, Sato Oki, Ettore Spalletti, SANAA (Japan, and Norm Architects (Denmark). 



Maria Savostyanova is an art historian, design critic, and lecturer, deputy head of Publishing at Russian Art Focus. She is the author of over 450 articles on collectible design. She is a senior lecturer at RANEPA School of Design and has been reviewing major contemporary art and design exhibitions for fifteen years.



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