Casa dell’Architettura in Rome is hosting an exhibition showcasing Giuseppe Terragni’s projects for the city of Rome, particularly those of Palazzo Littorio and the Casa del Fascio in Rione Trastevere / Monteverde. The extensive research prior to the exhibition’s organization was conducted thanks to many institutional and independent archival sources who have facilitated access to protected drawings and designs. the exhibition will be open until September 16, 2015.
“Giuseppe Terragni a Roma”
April 7 – 23 April, 2017
Casa dell’Architettura Latina
Largo Papa Giovanni XXIII, Latina
The main objective of the exhibition is the critical reading of the work of Giuseppe Terragni, glancing at projects that the architect from Como created for the city of Rome. The roman works allow to effectively frame the complex figure of the architect, who joined the battle for the Italian architectural avant-garde, while confronting the demands of tradition imposed by fascism, and a personal will to combine a rationalist language with an mediterranean spirit.
The project also aims to highlight the relationship between Terragni and his collaborators, particularly with artists (Marcello Nizzoli , Mario Radice and Mario Sironi), who played an important role in the development of architectural projects through a series of sketches and processed graphics, found with the valuable support of the main archival institutions.
This research is idea of Flavio Mangione, welcomed by Luca Ribichini, who developed it together since 2010 in a workshop of the Graduate School of Architecture of La Sapienza in Rome, in collaboration with the foundation CE.SAR (Rationalist Architecture Studies Centre) and major public and private archival institutions. At this stage, seven of the ten chosen projects have been studied.
Given the quality of the material produced, able to provide a new look at the city of Rome and in particular on major competitions, the Technical Committee of the House of Architecture has decided to complete the research, enabling us to achieve an exhibition that could be accepted in major museum centers in Italy and abroad, starting with an exhibition at the House of Architecture in Rome.
A digital model and a video was implemented for each project, developed from the original graphics and vintage photos of the competition models. The model makes it possible to illustrate the internal space of the work and its photo-realistic inclusion in the urban environment, measuring the effectiveness of the composition and material decisions taken at the time of execution. A complete register of all existing archive material was produced for each work. A large part of this material is unusual or even completely unknown. Plans, elevations and sections were also made, completed with new graphics in which you can see overlapping the original, highlighting inconsistencies and additions; photorealistic perspectives and split perspectives.
The archive material made available by the State’s Central Archive, Capitoline Archive, Cattaneo Archive, Mart of Trento and Rovereto , CSAC of Parma, Giuseppe Terragni Foundation, Mario Sironi Archive , Andrea Sironi – Straußwald Archive and Giorgio Ciucci Fund enriches an extraordinary graphic material and suggestive videos. The reconstruction of the roman projects stands at the forefront of international research regarding Terragni and his colleagues. The entire project was done in collaboration with the CE.SAR (Rationalist Architecture Studies Centre), the Department of History , Design and Restoration of Architecture – La Sapienza and the Dante Alighieri Society.