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pba will be part of Copper Crossings, Copper Shapes in Contemporary Art, Design, Technology and Architecture presented at Triennale di Milano from September 16th to November 9th, 2014



“Copper changes through a range of colours, bringing objects to life a thousand times:  in the beginning there is light, then the warmth of soft brown tones, and finally the growth of green. It changes skin, it transforms, but the strength to resist bacteria and atmospheric agents lasts forever.” Francesca Masiero, Vice President pba.

At the exhibition a selection of elements belonging to pba’s Programma CU will be in display: handles, accessories for door, pull-handles, safety bars & equipment and bathroom accessories in ANTIMICROBIAL COPPER CU+*.

This line, conceived for clinical environments where it is necessary to reduce bacterial contaminations, enhances the aesthetical excellence of copper, the power of the forms and its warm shades. Therefore copper can be said to be beautiful and good. Aesthetics is the step that precedes ethics. It is ethical never to neglect in any environment the strength of beauty. To choose a material over another implies different possibilities. To bring the beauty of copper in spaces that need to be protected has practical consequences. Beauty has always positive effects.

pba’s Programma CU has been already displayed in 2012 in occasion of the exhibition “Copper in a box” at the Milan Triennale. The intent was to tell how copper is a material rich in resources, how it can open to thousands of usage possibilities and how extensively it’s been utilized in contemporary design. Objects, arranged inside gorgeous boxes encouraged visitors to discover them as if they were hidden treasures.

Programma CU’s elements shown at Turin’s Science Weeks (May – June 2014) will be present at the Medica fair in Düsseldorf this year where they had already been part of the set of a “copper hospital” in 2013, a project meant to value the natural antibacterial power of the material and our ability to enhance control on infections when we use medical appliances, furniture and finishes made of Antimicrobial Copper*.

After the show, pba’s Programma CU pieces will be set up permanently within the collections of the Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci in Milan.

*ANTIMICROBIAL COPPER CU+ is more than just a brand, it’s a term used to describe antibacterial products made of copper alloy. ANTIMICROBIAL COPPER products have broad-spectrum antibacterial properties, acknowledged and proven in laboratory tests, and confirmed in clinical trials.


Copper Crossings is the first exhibition looking at copper from a different point of view thanks to an interdisciplinary approach with more than 250 pieces representative of sectors of the exhibition.

Copper Crossing is a journey through works of art, design and architecture, applications in science and technology together with photos and videos where copper is the leit motiv. Different names find in this material a common ground to work according to their personal experiences exploiting in the most innovative ways the formal, structural and plastic qualities of copper.

The selection of historical art pieces includes works by Lucio Fontana, Fausto Melotti, Carl Andre, Marco Bagnoli, Joseph Beuys, Luciano Fabro, Anselm Kiefer, Eliseo Mattiacci, Marisa Merz, Hidetoshi Nagasawa, Remo Salvadori, Gilberto Zorio, Meg Webster; the “most contemporary” include Roni Horn, Cristina Iglesias, Damián Ortega as well as artists of last generations like Andrea Sala, Alicja Kwade and Danh Vo.

In the world of design names such as: Caccia Dominioni, Antonio Citterio, Dimorestudio, Tom Dixon, Odoardo Fioravanti, Martí Guixé, Gunjan Gupta, Poul Henningsen, Shiro Kuramata, Ross Lovegrove, Nucleo, Gio Ponti/Paolo De Poli, Afra and Tobia Scarpa, Ettore Sottsass, Oskar Zieta and Giorgio Vigna are present.

In the section on architecture, some scale models of projects from architects such as Mecanoo, Renzo Piano, Aldo Rossi, Steven Holl Architects and James Stirling will be presented. In display a selection of clothes designed by Romeo Gigli and Prada, who have experimented with the qualities of copper in the most creative way. All the pieces have been lent by important museums like MAXXI – Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Rome; Museo Cantonale d’Arte, Lugano; Museion – Museo di arte moderna e contemporanea, Bolzano; Fondazione Fausto Melotti, Milan; Fondazione Merz, Turin; Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia, Panza Collection, Varese; Ca’ Pesaro, Venice; Archivio Luciano e Carla Fabro, Milan; Casa-studio di Fernando Melani, Pistoia; as well as by the artists themselves, private collectors and galleries.