Gillo Dorfles (1910 – 2018) Italian art critic, painter, and philosopher

Gillo Dorfles during "Che tempo che fa", Italian TV Show. on April 10, 2008 in Milan, Italy.
MILAN, ITALY – APRIL 10: Gillo Dorfles during “Che tempo che fa”, Italian TV Show. on April 10, 2008 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Morena Brengola/Getty Images)

Gillo Dorfles (1910 – 2018) was an Italian art critic, painter, and philosopher. He was born in Trieste and active in Milan.


In 1948, with Soldatai, Monnet, and Munari, he was a founder of MAC (Movimento Arte Concreta). In 1956, he became a member of ADI (Associazione per il Disegno Industriale), of which he was promotion committee member. 


  • He was a professor of aesthetics, Universita di Trieste. 
  • He was on the committee of the 1955 industrial design exhibition, London. 
  • He was a member of the international industrial design stand, 1957 (XI) Triennale di Milano; 
  • Of the jury at ‘BIO’ Industrial Design Biennale, Ljubljana; 
  • Of the jury at the event in Jablonec (now the Czech Republic); 
  • Commissioner of the industrial stand at 1960 (XII) Triennale di Milano; 
  • Delegate at 1957 ‘Journée de l’Esthetique Industrielle,’ Paris; 
  • Speaker at ICSID (International Congress of Industrial Designers), London; 
  • Speaker at industrial section, 1957 Congresso dell’Aica, Naples. 
  • Dorfles participated in the congress, 1954 (X) Triennale di Milano; 
  • 1957 meeting of CIAM (Congrés Internationaux d’Architecture Moderne) in Venice; and in 
  • 1961—62 events at Instituto Disegno Industriale, Florence; Italian Institute, London; 
  • In 1963, Kunstgew-erbemuseum, Ziirich. 
  • He published books Il Disegno Industriale e la sua estetica (1963) and Introduzione al Disegno Industriale (1971); 
  • He was one of the first to observe the Kitsch in decoration and design, publishing Kitsch (1968).


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