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MITA was an Italian firm that specialised in rugs, tapestries and textiles, earning its reputation by collaborating with some of Italy's most talented artists.

Founded in Genoa in 1926, these artists included Gio Ponti, Fortunato Depero, Arturo Martini, Emanuele Luzzati, Arnaldo Pomodoro, Giò Pomodoro and Ettore Sottsass Jr. Organised in collaboration with the Wolfsoniana, Genoa, Italian Threads showcases 50 years of bold commissions produced for world art fairs, private homes, clubs and ocean liners, encompassing the avant-garde movements of the day from futurism to abstract expressionism.

Reflecting the expert craftsmanship and diversity of MITA’s production, the exhibition features original works, designs and photographs illustrating the firm’s remarkable output. It includes rugs, carpets, tapestries, limited-edition art panels, printed fabrics, scarves and major commissions that carried the banner of modernism from the 1920s to the 1970s. The show traces an evolution of taste; MITA’s textiles travelled around the world, were shown in influential art exhibitions and defined the interior design of major Italian ocean liners (which Gio Ponti considered 'floating art galleries'), as well as bringing the avant-garde into everyday life.

MITA’s 50-year reign culminated in large post-war commissions for Italian ocean liners and shipping companies, with vibrant tapestries, curtains and furnishings that adorned lavish spaces on the vessels – most notably the first-class reading room of the ill-fated Andrea Doria.

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Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art

39a Canonbury Square, London, Greater London, N1 2AN

020 7704 9522

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