What is there inside architecture? All you need to do is open a door, cross a threshold and you are inside the space, a space which architects have always been asked to tackle.
From 6 May to 29 October 2017 in the spaces of the Archives Centre, the exhibition INTERIORS. Le stanze del quotidiano (The rooms of the everyday) curated by Margherita Guccione, Director of MAXXI Architettura, and Elena Tinacci, recounts those interior spaces which we experience every day, as interpreted by 10 Italian architects.
Interiors: le stanze del quotidiano
6 May – 29 October 2017
MAXXI – National Museum of XXI Century Arts
Via Guido Reni 4A , Roma
Cini Boeri, Vittorio De Feo, Enrico Del Debbio, Oriolo Frezzotti, Danilo Guerri, Vincenzo Monaco and Amedeo Luccichenti, OBR – Paolo Brescia and Tommaso Principi, Aldo Rossi, Maurizio Sacripanti, Carlo Scarpa and Michele Valori, have been chosen to represent – through their objects, projects and words – the rooms of our everyday lives and are thus presented in a human rather than purely professional dimension.
These architects have different approaches to their spaces, houses and studios, places of life and work that frequently coincide: Michele Valori personally designed the interiors of his apartment in Rome, while Carlo Scarpa never designed his own home. Enrico Del Debbio designed his family home within a building by Adalberto Libera at Ostia, while Aldo Rossi filled his homes and studios with furnishings in a continual play of self-referencing and contaminations. The domestic space is the protagonist in the stories of Vittorio De Feo such as La casa (e Anna), in which architecture is a backdrop to a light, ironic narrative.
I like to invent a house,
and all the houses I create are for me
Images of the life within the spaces of their everyday lives of all the architects presented along with documents recounting the most intimate dimension of their works have been collected. INTERIORS. Le stanze del quotidiano highlights various points of view from which we can look at interior spaces corresponding to the diverse sections in which the materials on show have been organized.
THE DOMESTIC THEATRE is the section that analyses the theme of the relationship between man and his home and starts out from the suggestion of the design by Aldo Rossi realised for the exhibition Il Progetto Domestico. La casa dell’uomo: archetipi e Prototipi at the Milan Triennale in 1986; the house is conceived as a set, as a space for the representation of domestic life and features designs from the 1930s by Carlo Scarpa and by Enrico Del Debbio or in the 1970s by Michele Valori.
THE ROOMS OF THE CITY is devoted to spaces with a public vocation and collective fruition such as the shops of Enrico Del Debbio, Monaco and Luccichenti, Vittorio De Feo and Carlo Scarpa in which the space defined architecturally by the architect is incessantly modified by everyday use and by both personal and shared experience.
HOMES FROM HOME is the area devoted to those places that are chosen to become home, such as the classrooms of a school to which the reflections of Maurizio Sacripanti and Cini Boeri are dedicated, on the interiors of a boat designed by Carlo Scarpa and Michele Valori.
DAILYEXTRA is the section devoted to those places in which art and life come together and create opportunities for experiences that are out of the ordinary: the salons of the ocean liners designed by Monaco e Luccichenti or by Vittorio De Feo or the theatres and cinemas of Maurizio Sacripanti, Danilo Guerri and Enrico Del Debbio.
SHOT AND REVERSE SHOT is instead devoted to the dichotomies defining interior/exterior space, inside/outside, public/private. When the facades of the buildings open with loggias, terraces, porticos and glazing these contrasts disappear and the external landscape enters into the interior space. This can be seen in the designs of OBR – Paolo Brescia and Tommaso Principi, of Monaco e Luccichenti and of Aldo Rossi.
Alongside this mosaic is a focus on a rich documentary collection conserved in the Municipality of Latina that collates and presents the work of the architect Oriolo Frezzotti, the protagonist of the birth of the Pontine city, from the urban planning through to the design of interiors and furnishings, from the urban landscape to the domestic landscape.
Cini Boeri, Vittorio De Feo, Enrico Del Debbio, Oriolo Frezzotti, Danilo Guerri, Vincenzo Monaco and Amedeo Luccichenti, OBR – Paolo Brescia and Tommaso Principi, Aldo Rossi, Maurizio Sacripanti, Carlo Scarpa and Michele Valori