Travelling in Black and White | 4 Cities

A fashion store in Milan. An exhibition of a conceptual artist, in Santander. A light festival in Barcelona. A pavement design in Lisbon. All of them, in black and white. Simple lines, squares, circles, triangles. Abstract graphics.

“Irrational thoughts should be followed absolutely and logically.”

Sol Lewitt


M Collective is one of the coolest concept stores in Milan. They opened in 2015 and are organising their collections according to, well, moods: Minus, Much and More. They also asked various artists and graphic designers to design these moods. The Minus below is by Caimbra.

Caimbra for M Collective


Sol LeWitt believed the idea itself could be the work of art. Like an architect who creates a blueprint for a building and then turns the project over to a construction crew, an artist should be able to conceive of a work and then either delegate its actual production to others or perhaps even never make it at all. Leader of the conceptual movement, LeWitt (1928 – 2007) is known, among others, for his large scale wall drawings. Fundació Botin in Santander organised in 2015 a retrospective of some of these drawings.



This installation was displayed in a Gothic palace patio, in the centre of Barcelona. Called Within the Universe, it was designed by a team if the European Design Institute (IED) Barcelona, the for Llum Light Festival of the city, in 2016.

IED Barcelona, Within the Universe, LED installation


Eduardo Nery (1938 – 2013), Portuguese artist, created mainly optical art works, and mainly large scale public art. This pavement (1997-99) in central Lisbon covers 60 by 80 metres in variations of triangles, created with the black and white limestone of calçada portuguesa.

Eduardo Nery, Praça do Municipio, Lisboa, urban pavement design


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