On Friday, March 24th, the Giovanni Michelucci Foundation in collaboration with the Municipality of Pistoia opens “Giovanni Michelucci – The construction of the city“, an exhibition dedicated to the renowned master of modernist architecture born in Pistoia in 1891.
“Giovanni Michelucci. The construction of the city”
March 25 – May 21, 2017
Sale affrescate del Palazzo comunale, Pistoia
Piazza del Duomo, Pistoia
The exhibition curated by Andrea Aleardi, Alessandro Masetti and Nadia Musumeci , supported by scientific committee members Corrado Marcetti, Silvano D’Alto, Ezio Godoli and Giancaro Paba, is one of the major events of “Pistoia Italian Capital of Culture 2017” and is hosted from March 25th to May 21st in the Sale Affrescate of Palazzo Comunale in Pistoia, venue of the Giovanni Michelucci’s Documentation Centre.
The exhibition is divided into four sections and features important themes of the architect’s activity with a wide selection of drawings, plans, photographs, models, sculptures, films, and words. In fact, Michelucci’s quotes guide visitors through key concepts linked to his being an “architect for the community”, presenting his unique and forward-looking way of conceiving projects, based on the human right to life.
The display begins with “Città variabile” and proposes the idea of the construction site as a social project, it then analyses the community character of urban spaces and emphasises the close relationship between nature and architecture.
Masterpieces on display include the Church of the Autostrada, photographed by Ugo Mulas; the Church in Longarone, designed as a double theater overlooking the Vajont valley; the Chiesa della Vergine in Pistoia, that takes the simplicity of Romanesque architecture as a reference; the ideas for the reconstruction of the historic center of Florence following the Second World War and the Arno river flood; the unpublished sketches for a community center in Sesto Fiorentino and the drawings for Michelangelo’s memorial in the Apuan Alps, imagined with the sculptor Henry Moore as an experimental center for processing marble.
Not to be missed is the section documenting the influence of nature in Michelucci’s creative process, featuring drawings of trees, roots and animals, showcased with fossils and minerals he used to collect during his walks in the Tuscan woods.
The stranded Ark on the rock, the iconic drawing that opens the exhibition, represents the shipwreck of society with all its human tragedies, but at the end of the path this image gains a positive meaning. In Michelucci’s vision the rock becomes a landing point to host and construct a new city.
Giovanni Michelucci, Italian architect, urban planner and designer, was born in Pistoia on January 2nd, 1891, and died on December 31st, 1990, two days before his 100th birthday. He was lucky enough to cross the 20th century giving us a valuable legacy through his innovative works. He’s considered one of the major architects of the century, known for famous projects such as Firenze Santa Maria Novella railway station and the Church of San Giovanni Battista on the Autostrada del Sole. In 1982 established his eponymous Foundation in Fiesole to make research on city planning and modern architecture, focusing on social issues and spaces such as hospitals, prisons and schools.
A project by Fondazione Giovanni Michelucci
Curators: Andrea Aleardi, Alessandro Masetti, Nadia Musumeci
Scientific Committee: Silvano D’Alto, Ezio Godoli, Corrado Marcetti, Giancarlo Paba
Concept and Coordination: Andrea Aleardi
Text selection and development: Silvano D’Alto, Nadia Musumeci
Archival documents selection: Alessandro Masetti, Nadia Musumeci
Multimedia selection: Cristiano Coppi
Exhibition design: Andrea Aleardi, Massimo Colombo, Nadia Musumeci
Exhibition design support: Roberto Agnoletti
Graphics: Carlo Giulianelli
Communication: Alessandro Masetti
Thanks: Loretta Baldi, Iginia Bartoletti, Lisa Di Zanni, Elena Testaferrata