The exhibition, curated by Luca Molinari with the assistance of Chiara Ingrosso, opens on Thursday, 14 December, confirming the Milanese gallery’s willingness to go beyond the field of design and approach various different areas of human endeavour related to architecture. The Milanese gallery opened the group exhibition “Sezioni. L’Architettura italiana per la Divina Commedia” (“Sections: Italian architecture for the Divine Comedy”), in which 70 contemporary Italian architects of different generations are asked to offer their visual interpretation of Dante’s literary imagination as expressed in his “sections”: Hell, Purgatory and Paradise.
“Sections. Italian Architecture for The Divine Comedy”
14 December, 2017 – 23 February, 2018
SpazioFMG per l’Architettura
Via Bergognone 27, 20144 Milano
Artists and illustrators have imagined the three worlds represented in the Divine Comedy for centuries, representing this symbolic and narrative world in images picking up on the metaphors of the Tower of Babel and the Celestial City. But few twentieth-century artists have demonstrated an interest in the theme, or had the courage to approach it. The one single, powerful exception is Giuseppe Terragni’s Danteum, the first work to attempt to give physical, spatial form to the Florentine poet’s vision.
The exhibition draws public attention to the theme once again, inviting architects and designers to offer their personal visual and textual interpretation of the most important work of poetry ever composed in the Italian language. “In “Sezioni”, we asked key figures in Italian architecture to address an unusual challenge, and the results have been surprising. By inviting prominent architects from different generations to redraw the section of the Divine Comedy, we created a new space for research that goes well beyond the traditional confines of design. We believe this exhibition offers a valuable opportunity not only to demonstrate Dante’s continued relevance to Italian culture, but above all to contribute to architectural debate through valuable, profitable dialogue with other fields of knowledge”. Luca Molinari, scientific curator at the gallery, introduces the exhibition that will be open to the public until 23 February 2018.
During the “Sezioni” exhibition, the open space at Spazio FMG will be divided into three areas: an installation designed and coordinated by Alessandro Benetti and Federica Rasenti, accompanying visitors on a voyage of exploration of graphic representation. In the first space, fully visible through the windows of the gallery, visitors can leaf through a valuable copy of the Divine Comedy with engravings by Gustave Doré.
The second area focuses on words: on 9 podiums made of FMG’s MaxFine Citystone Grey maxi-slabs, tablets are available for e-reading a selection of quotations from the Divine Comedy selected by Dr. Riccardo Buscagli, Professor Emeritus of Italian Literature at Florence University; the extracts alternate with texts by the architects and designers participating in the exhibition, describing their works.
At the end of the exhibition route, visitors may admire images of overall and close-up views of the 70 designs projected in a slideshow loop, welcoming visitors into the world of Dante. Original drawings by 5 famous masters of Italian architecture will also be on display: Andrea Branzi, Aimaro Isola, Ugo La Pietra, Maurizio Navone and Franco Purini.
“Sezioni”, organised in Iris Ceramica and FMG’s gallery and showroom in Milan, is a preview of a bigger exhibition that will be held at the Reggia di Caserta in 2018, curated by Luca Molinari, including all 70 drawings with large format prints and originals.