Nanda Vigo was born in Milan in 1936, she currently lives in Milan and East Africa. She was interested in art from a very young age when she spent time in the company of Filippo de Pisis, a family friend, and when she saw the architecture of Giuseppe Terragni from whom - we might guess - she learnt to pay attention to light. After having graduated from the Institut Polytechnic of Lausanne, and having studied further in San Francisco, in 1959 she set up her own studio in Milan. From then on the basic theme of her art was the conflict/harmony between light and space, something the artist uses in her artwork as well as in her architecture and design. From 1959 on she frequented the studio of Lucio Fontana, and then she became close to the artists who had founded the Azimut gallery in Milan, Piero Manzoni and Enrico Castellani. In that period, due to her journeys for her numerous exhibitions throughout Europe (more than 400 solo and group shows), Vigo came to know the artists and places of the ZERO movement in Germany, the Netherlands and France. In 1959 she began to plan the “Zero house” in Milan, which was finished only in 1962. From 1964 to 1966 she took part in at least thirteen ZERO exhibitions, including “NUL 65” at the Stedelijk, Amsterdam, and “ZERO: An Exhibition of European Experimental Art” at the Gallery of Modern Art in Washington D.C. In 1965 the artist curated the legendary “ZERO avant-gardeshow” in Lucio Fontana's studio in Milan, in which 28 artists took part. Between 1965 and 1968 she collaborated with Giò Ponti to create the “Casa sotto la foglia” in Malò, Vicenza. In 1971 Vigo was given the New York Award for Industrial Design for her lamp designs (“Lampada Golden Gate”) and, in the same year, she designed and built one of her most spectacular projects: the “Casa-Museo Remo Brindisi” in Lido di Spina (Ferrara). In 1976 she won the St. Gobain first prize for glass design. In 1982 she took part in the 40th Venice Biennale. In 1997 she curated the show “Piero Manzoni - Milano et Mitologia” in Palazzo Reale, Milan. Since 2006 her work has been in the permanent collection of the Milan Triennial's Design Museum. In her activity Vigo has an interdisciplinary relationship with art, design, architecture, and the environment; she is involved with numerous projects as an architect, designer and artist. Her distinguished career has been characterized by her attention to, and research into, Art, something that has impelled her to collaborate with the most significant creative people of the times and to undertake projects aimed at promoting Art, as in the show “ITALIAN ZERO & avantgarde 60’s” at the MAMM Museum in Moscow. Since April 2013 Vigo's works are to be found in the collection of the Minister for Foreign Affairs. In 2014/2015, her works can be seen in the Guggenheim Museum, New York and in the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin, as part of the events celebrating ZERO.
13 - 15 April 2018
Artists on show: Nanda Vigo Gino Marotta Urano Palma Gianni PettenaVirginia Leonard
17 april - 23 june 2018
Artists on show: Nanda Vigo Gino Marotta Urano Palma Gianni Pettena
13 - 18 June 2017
Artists on show: Riccardo Dalisi Nanda Vigo Urano Palma Ugo Marano
31 March - 2 April 2017
Artists on show: Riccardo Dalisi Nanda Vigo Urano Palma Ugo Marano Kenny Scharf
November 4th December 2016
Erastudio Apartment – Gallery presents: Riccardo Dalisi(co-founder of Global Tools), Nanda Vigo, Ettore Sottsass and Henrytimi.
8th - 10th April 2016
Erastudio Apartment - Gallery presents Nanda Vigo, Gianni Pettena ( one of the founders of Radical architecture), Archizoom Associati, Carlo Trucchi and Simone Ricart
26th - 29th January 2016
Erastudio Apartment - Gallery presents Nanda Vigo, Ettore Sottsass, Lawrence Weiner, Afra e Tobia Scarpa, Carlo Trucchi, Giuseppe Friscia, Anne Bianchet, Soda Galvano and Koen Vanmechelen.
14th - 19th June 2016
Erastudio Apartment – Gallery presents: Nanda Vigo, Ettore Sottsass, Gio Ponti, Carlo Trucchi, Simone Ricart, Soda Galvano and Sergio Mazza.
2nd - 6th December 2015
Erastudio Apartment - Gallery presents: Nanda Vigo, Mario Ceroli, Mario Bellini, Alessandro Mendini, Filippo Panseca, Angelo Lelli, Soda Galvano, Gianfranco Frattini, Karl Fagerlund, Anne Bianchet, Carlo Trucchi, Giuseppe Friscia.
16th - 21st June 2015
Erastudio Apartment - Gallery presents: Nanda Vigo, Ettore Sottsass Jr, Gianfranco Frattini, Luciano Bertoncini, Aldo Mondino, Carlo Trucchi, Giuseppe Friscia, Koen Vanmechelen.
10th April 12th April 2015 - Fieramilanocity, Milan, Italy / Booth A04
Erastudio Apartment - Gallery presents: Nanda Vigo, Ettore Sottsass Jr, Alessandro Mendini, Carlo Scarpa, Archizoom, Aldo Mondino, Carlo Trucchi, Loredana Bonora
29th January - 1st February 2015
Erastudio Apartment - Gallery presents: Nanda Vigo, Ettore Sottsass Jr, Alessandro Mendini, Aldo Mondino, Carlo Trucchi
April 16th - 19th 2015
LOOK BACK by Nanda Vigo on
Mario Ceroli ed Ettore Sottsass Jr.
Decori di THE BOUNTY KILLART / ALESSANDRO MENDINI / KOEN VAN MECHELEN
Tavoli di CARLO TRUCCHI
April 16th - 19th / General show hours 11.00 am - 21.00 pm
3rd - 7th December 2014
Erastudio Apartment - Gallery presents: Nanda Vigo, Ettore Sottsass, Sergio Calatroni, Riccardo Goti, Gunjan Gupta, Anne Bianchet
28th - 30th March 2014
Erastudio Apartment-Gallery presents: Ettore Sottsass, Carlo Trucchi, Koen Vanmechelen, Nanda Vigo