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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