“Disegno ergo progetto. Ideas and shapes around architecture” at MAXXI Rome

May 1, 2018

How do signs/drawings constitute the alphabet of architectural construction? With the aim of a rediscovering the meaning of drawing as a manual gesture and the direct link between mind, heart and body, MAXXI is presenting a selection of works from the Architecture Collections and the latest archives it has acquired in order to tackle the theme of architectural drawing as a mental and spatial process before it is actually architectonic.

 

Costantino Dardi Museo immaginario per Giorgio De Chirico (1991) Prospettiva, 1991 China su carta da lucido Courtesy Fondazione MAXXI

Costantino Dardi Museo immaginario per Giorgio De Chirico (1991) Prospettiva, 1991 China su carta da lucido Courtesy Fondazione MAXXI

 

Starting out with the vision offered by Aldo Rossi’s Città Analoga in which all the elements of the city and its representation seem to be present, from the composition by parts to the overlaying of plans, from the commemoration of history to the synthesis of the archetype, a series of architectural drawings testify to how the architect arrives at a design through the medium of drawing. (more…)

“Sacred Space. The Architects and Artists of the Church of the Santo Volto di Gesù” at Nivola museum

April 14, 2018

The Nivola museum, which has been interested from the beginning in the intersections between art and architecture (one of the main themes of Costantino Nivola’s work in the mid-20th century), presents an exhibition on a project that brought that relationship into the contemporary world.

 

Santo Volto di Gesù, Sartogo Architetti Associati © Andrea Jemolo

Santo Volto di Gesù, Sartogo Architetti Associati © Andrea Jemolo

 

In 1998, the architects Piero Sartogo and Nathalie Grenon were commissioned to design the church of the Santo Volto di Gesù, a new church in the Magliana neighborhood of Rome, a highly populat- ed area with a long history of social struggle as well as unauthorized building, property speculation, and urban violence. A context as stimulating and complex as the strip of land allocated for the building, a small, narrow corner plot between the broad Via della Magliana and one of its side streets. (more…)

“The Olivetti Idiom (1952-1979)” exhibition at Villa La Pietra Florence

March 24, 2018

The exhibition seeks to reconstruct through photographs and documents the history of the Olivetti image from 1952 to 1979, examining three places where Olivetti products were displayed (exhibitions, stores and the school), in which narrative forms – oral, written, and visual – of the Olivetti identity were progressively developed.

 

Jukebox Ettore Sottsass, Jr., Jukebox, 1968. Photo by Gianni Berengo Gardin.

Jukebox Ettore Sottsass, Jr., Jukebox, 1968. Photo by Gianni Berengo Gardin.

 

The Olivetti Idiom (1952-1979) exhibition curated by Caterina Toschi and produced by Ellyn Toscano, New York University Florence, will opened at Villa Sassetti, Florence. The opening was preceded by a rountable discussion at on Olivetti’s visual culture, experimental identity and corporate image between the 1950s and 1980s, and its legacy. (more…)

“Lazzarini Pickering / Mobile Mobile” at Magazzino

March 5, 2018

For its creators, Mobile/Mobile was begat by design; it rigorously obeys the laws that classify it within the category of useful and utilizable objects. It was conceived, designed and built around two requisites: function and functionality. We should not, however, let this lead us into our habitual relationship with objects, in which they are seen as blunt and passive – here, function is not unitary, it doubles and multiplies.

 

Lazzarini Pickering, Mobile Mobile, 2018, Polished steel, lacquer panel, mirror glass © Magazzino

Lazzarini Pickering, Mobile Mobile, 2018, Polished steel, lacquer panel, mirror glass © Magazzino

 

It begins an almost Dadaist conversation with Carl Pickering and Claudio Lazzarini, architects rather than artists (accuracy obliges), about this mobile/mobile with its severe lines and kaleidoscopic surfaces… A work that seems to have been generated by the explosion of an abstract and geometric painting, in the Bordeaux red of these rooms, resembling at times a veritable installation that toys with our perception by breaking up lines and multiplying reflections. Following in its parents’ artistic footsteps, one might say… even if the “a” word is best avoided. (more…)

“Franco Grignani: Subperception” at A.M. Art Gallery Milano

February 15, 2018

From 10 February to 24 March 2018, the Galleria 10 A.M. Art in Milan will be paying a tribute, on the 110th anniversary of his birth, to Franco Grignani (1908-1999), one of the most innovative artists of the twentieth century.

 

"Franco Grignani: Subperception" at A.M. Art Gallery Milano © Franco Grignani

“Franco Grignani: Subperception” at A.M. Art Gallery Milano © Franco Grignani

 

In the context of a constant work of the rediscovery and presentation of Franco Grignani’s work, a multifaceted figure who acted on the subtle boundary between art, design, and graphics, and who was honoured last summer with an important anthological show at the Estorick Collection in London, the Galleria 10 A.M. Art is now concentrating on the use of photography that this great Lombard artist and producer of graphics constantly undertook throughout his whole career, but with particular zeal in the 1950s. (more…)

“Sotto il cielo di cristallo” the story of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, 150 years after its inauguration

January 25, 2018

This exhibition aims to briefly review the administrative, architectural, technical and urban history of the Gallery through a selection of the numerous documentary materials belonging to the Civic Collections: drawings, letters, legal documents, printed matters and manuscripts, photographs and paintings, objects and relics of various kinds, which allow us to present a significant cross-section of Italy’s most famous gallery.

 

"Sotto il cielo di cristallo" © Comune di Milano, Archivio Storico Civico e Biblioteca Trivulziana

“Sotto il cielo di cristallo” © Comune di Milano, Archivio Storico Civico e Biblioteca Trivulziana

 

«Magnificent hall», «splendid and opulent place», «enchanted atrium» – thus wrote journalists in Milan of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, which opened to the public on 15th September 1867. Its architecture caught the imagination of writers and journalists and inspired the satisfaction of the city fathers, the admiration of citizens and, inevitably, some criticism. It had taken only two and a half years to build this creation that had required unheard-of financial, technical and artistic resources, had completely redefined the city centre, and had projected Milan towards an international horizon of modernity. (more…)

“Sections. Italian Architecture for The Divine Comedy” at SpazioFMG

January 16, 2018

SpazioFMG per l’Architettura, the FMG Fabbrica Marmi e Graniti and Iris Ceramica brands’ exhibition gallery, is opening an exhibition entitled “Sezioni. L’Architettura italiana per la Divina Commedia” in which 70 Italian architects of different generations are invited to interpret the symbolic and narrative world of Dante.

 

"Sections. Italian Architecture for The Divine Comedy"  ©   SpazioFMG per l’Architettura

“Sections. Italian Architecture for The Divine Comedy” © SpazioFMG per l’Architettura

 

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. (more…)

“Il Bel Paese. A Project for 22,621 Historic Centres” at La Triennale di Milano

October 4, 2017

The exhibition, curated by Benno Albrecht e Anna Magrin, shows various interpretations of the theme in Leonardo Benevolo’s original drawings, videos, maps, and infographics.

 

"Il Bel Paese. Un progetto per 22.621 centri storici" exhibition view © Triennale della Mostra, 2017

“Il Bel Paese. Un progetto per 22.621 centri storici” exhibition view © Triennale della Mostra, 2017

 

The preservation of historic centres has been the subject of intense discussion in Italy, involving theorists, technicians, and representatives of civil society. The debate has given rise to an unprecedented urban project, which has acknowledged the need for cultural, territorial and social harmony in order to ensure preservation. (more…)

‘Piranesi. La fabbrica dell’utopia’ at Palazzo Braschi in Rome

August 14, 2017

With more than 200 graphic works, kindly loaned by the Giorgio Cini Foundation and the collections of the Museo di Roma in Palazzo Braschi, the exhibition shows the most significant works of the Venetian artist, an extraordinary inkjet maker and central figure for the figurative culture of the 18th century Europe. 

 

Giovanni Battista Piranesi. Mausoleo di Cecilia Metella, 1762 © Museo di Roma

Giovanni Battista Piranesi. Mausoleo di Cecilia Metella, 1762 © Museo di Roma

 

Piranesi was a great engraver and architect devoted to the rediscovery of archeology who applied his Venetian artistic education to an immediate passion for the grandiose ruins of Rome, where he moved in 1740.

His vast watercolor production, featuring spectacularly exaggerated prospective visions and violent luminous effects, made him one of the most successful artists in a rapidly expanding artistic market such as the Roman was in the culminating period of the Grand Tours.

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Learn all about BigMat’17 shortlisted projects for this year’s Architecture Award

July 27, 2017

Out of a total of almost nine hundred projects presented across the seven European countries taking part in the Award, 87 were shortlisted to participate in the online voting for the Public Prize. Learn more about the selected projects below!

 

BigMat International Architecture Award 2017 meeting room © photo: Pablo Tribello

BigMat International Architecture Award 2017 meeting room © photo: Pablo Tribello

 

Out of a total of almost nine hundred projects presented across the seven European countries taking part in the Award (Belgium, Spain, France, Italy, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Portugal), the panel of judges chaired by Jesús Aparicio and comprising Xaveer de Geyter (Belgium), Henrieta Moravčíková (Czech Republic + Slovakia), Marc Barani (France), Francesco Isidori (Italy), Paulo David (Portugal + Spain), and awards secretary Jesús Donaire, singled out 87  projects to be shortlisted.  (more…)