The exhibition path covers a period from the Sixties to the Nineties, presenting 40 architectures, some design objects, as well as writings and photographic documents, with a focus on four emblematic projects displayed in separate rooms: the San Cataldo Cemetery in Modena (1971-1978), the Teatro del Mondo in Venice (1979), the hotel complex “Il Palazzo” in Fukuoka (1987-1989) and the competition project for the Deutsches Historisches Museum in Berlin (1988).
“Aldo Rossi e la Ragione Architetture 1960-1997”
1 June – 29 September, 2019
Palazzo della Ragione
Piazza delle Erbe, 35100 Padova
The selection of works intends to underline the essential role of reference that the Milanese architect had for research and the study of urban science, as Alessandro Tognon, founder along with Cinzia Simioni of the Architecture Association, recalls, “Aldo Rossi was the master of us all. His teaching now influences the cultural growth of three generations: his colleagues and friends, his students and today his students “.
“His transversal and ductile humanistic vision – continues Tognon – puts him today, after numerous studies and an uninterrupted research that has revealed many of its aspects, in a reference position of contemporary architectural culture. His vast work, Rossi would say “as part of a single large project”, instead reveals multiple declinations and opens again to renewed hypotheses of study and theoretical analysis. Thanks to his writings and his projects, Rossi’s teaching translates into current reality the results of a entire season considered to be fundamental for the architectural culture, and not only in Europe “.
The title chosen for the exhibition refers instead to a double interpretation, on the one hand to the concept of “reason”, decisive in Aldo Rossi’s thinking when defining the function of spaces, the shapes in the project and its relationship with the context, on the other hand it is a tribute to the Palace that hosts the retrospective, appreciated by the architect for its humanistic value even before being architectural.
In fact, Aldo Rossi writes on the first page of The architecture of the city: “In all the cities of Europe there are large buildings, or building complexes, or aggregates that are real parts of the city and whose function is hardly original. I have now present the Palazzo della Ragione in Padua.When visiting a monument of this type we are surprised by a series of questions that are intimately linked to it, and above all we are struck by the plurality of functions that a building of this type can contain and how these functions are so to speak completely independent of its form and that however it is precisely this form that remains impressed, that we live and travel and that in turn structures the city “.