“Savage Architecture. Gian Piero Frassinelli, Superstudio and 2A+P/A” at Politecnico di Milano

February 23, 2017

The exhibition is an opportunity to examine the important role that Frassinelli played within Superstudio, to discuss the trans-disciplinary influence that the Florentine collective has had in the last fifty years and speculate about its operative potential today.

 

Gian Piero Frassinelli and 2A+P/A - Central Archive of Human Cultures, Excursion in the Archive, 2015

Gian Piero Frassinelli and 2A+P/A – Central Archive of Human Cultures, Excursion in the Archive, 2015

 

The 8th of February 2017 the project Savage Architecture was presented in the Exhibition Space Guido Nardi of the Polytechnic of Milan. In the form of an exhibition and a book, curated by Davide Sacconi, the project portraits the research developed by Gian Piero Frassinelli – former member of Superstudio – and his recent collaboration with 2A+P/A which explore the intersection between architecture and anthropology. (more…)

“Other spaces” by Andrea Branzi, dreamlike scenes in models and drawings

February 2, 2017

The Galleria Antonia Jannone presents some of the Archizoom’s associate’s unseen works – a series of small scale models and sculptures depicting mythical spaces and scenes, as well as some drawings and photo-collages of the architect’s personal production.

 

Altri Luoghi, Andrea Branzi Photo-collage, 1987. Andrea Branzi © Galleria Antonia Jannone

Altri Luoghi, Andrea Branzi Photo-collage, 1987. Andrea Branzi © Galleria Antonia Jannone

 

Andrea Branzi returns to Galleria Antonia Jannone in Milan from 8th February to 11th March, 2017 with the exhibition ‘Altri Luoghi’ (Other Places) showing a series of previously unseen sculptures and drawings.

The sculptures depict mysterious scenes created by the Italian architect in which  he uses clay, plaster, marble stone and wood. Enclosed in plexiglass cases, these scenes remind us of classical stages and tales with cryptic meaning. The drawings, part of the 1987 Dolmen series, link these sculptures to the architect’s previous work as part of a long-term design research process. (more…)

“Invisible architecture” at Carlo Bilotti Museum in Villa Borghese

January 11, 2017

The museum, located in the former orange shed of Villa Borghese Park in Rome, addresses the founding topics of contemporary practice through the eyes of the Japanese and Italian avant-garde movements from the 60’s and 70’s.

 

UFO. Urboeffimeri, Photo, 1968 (Lapo Binazzi) © Museo Carlo Bilotti

UFO. Urboeffimeri, Photo, 1968 (Lapo Binazzi) © Museo Carlo Bilotti

 

Fifty years passed from the explosion of two fundamental phenomena of the architectural avant-garde that made their debut in an age of change, revolution, and hope. Metabolist in Japan and Radicals in Italy, though in very different cultural and traditional contexts, developed parallel experiences by sharing the themes of investigation and languages, and by producing extraordinary consequences on contemporary architecture.

Starting from January 19 an exhibition at Museo Carlo Bilotti in Rome, Italy will offer an original survey through works produced in this very special context. The event is promoted by Roma Capitale, Assessorato alla Crescita Culturale – Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali. (more…)

“In the End: Architecture. Journeys through Time 1959 – 2019″ at Architekturzentrum Wien

October 19, 2016

The exhibition ‘In The End: Architecture’ journeys back into the future, which begins at the end of the 1950s. Since then this “End” of architecture declared in the title has been repeatedly proclaimed, whereby each crisis has, so far, meant a new beginning.

 

Kisho Kurokawa, Nakagin Capsule Tower, Tokio (JP), 1972 08.jpg, 0.9 MB © Tomio Ohashi

Kisho Kurokawa, Nakagin Capsule Tower, Tokio (JP), 1972 © Tomio Ohashi

 

To mark the retirement of founding director Dietmar Steiner, the Architekturzentrum Wien is taking a look at sixty years of international architecture history while making current, inspiring movements for change palpable. (more…)

“Superstudio Works 1966-1978″ by Habitat publishers

June 8, 2016

This volume is the ‘culmination’ of Superstudio’s work. It brings together for the first time and in their entirety the works, texts and projects of the most famous group of “radical architects” according to Germano Celant’s canonical definition. For the first time and in their entirety the works, texts and projects of the most famous group of «radical architects»

Mobili della serie Misura, disegno a china e collage, 1969 © Toraldo di Francia

Mobili della serie Misura, disegno a china e collage, 1969 © Toraldo di Francia

 

After fifty years of alternating cycles of historiographical repression and subsequent revivals in national and international circuits, this book takes stock of this exceptional experience of collective architecture in the twentieth century. Today the drawings, models, famous photomontages, lamps, tables and other design objects created by Superstudio are on show in many museums world wide, amongst which, MoMA (New York), The Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), Frac (Orléans), the Pecci Centre for Contemporary Art (Prato), and the Maxxi (Rome). (more…)

“SUPERSTUDIO 50″ at MAXXI Rome

April 25, 2016

A major retrospective on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the foundation of one of the most influential groups in radical Italian architecture: SUPERSTUDIO 50, an exhibition conceived by Natalini, Toraldo di Francia and Frassinelli themselves, together with the curator Gabriele Mastrigli.

 

Superstudio, Il Monumento Continuo, Grand Hotel Colosseo 1969, fotomontaggio © MAXXI

Superstudio, Il Monumento Continuo, Grand Hotel Colosseo 1969, fotomontaggio © MAXXI

 

Transverse, metaphysical, indefinable, ever-new, ever outré, Superstudio is one of the most influential groups in Italian radical architecture, founded in 1966 by Adolfo Natalini and Cristiano Toraldo di Francia, who were later joined by Gian Piero Frassinelli, the brothers Roberto and Alessandro Magris and Alessandro Poli. (more…)

SUPER SUPERSTUDIO: the group’s ultimate exhibition at PAC Milano

November 3, 2015

The exhibition will reconstruct Superstudio’s most important projects by bringing together their most representative pieces of design, installations and films, and by building a dialogue with 19 works by 19 contemporary artists, who have drawn the raw material for their oeuvre from the Florence group’s research.

 

Superstudio, Atti Fondamentali,Vita Superficie, 1971. MAXXI Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Roma. Collezioni MAXXI Architettura. © Fondo Superstudio

Superstudio, Atti Fondamentali,Vita Superficie, 1971. MAXXI Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Roma. Collezioni MAXXI Architettura. © Fondo Superstudio

 

The Milan PAC presents the oeuvre of Superstudio (1966-1978), the group of radical architects and radical designers from Florence, which not only influenced the way of thinking and designing of renowned architects such as Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaas and Bernard Tschumi, but also definitively questioned the boundary between art and architecture, and which is regarded as the last great Italian avant-garde. (more…)