In 1972, Italian art critic Germano Celant coined the term “radical architecture” to describe Superstudio and the Florentine scene. It spread quickly to apply to other European and American artists and architectures, who, like their Italian counterparts, opened up architecture to artistic and conceptual practices.
“Superstudio. Life after Architecture”
3 April – 11 September, 2019
88 Rue du Colombier, Orléans
Sometimes far removed from any constructive purpose, their projects at all scales intend to shake the certainties of classical modernity and reform the way of thinking about the city and the habitat. Bringing together more than 25 major artists and architects from the second half of the 20th century, the exhibition opens with urban visions – from Constant’s New Babylon to Rem Koolhaas’s New York Delirium – which take a particularly critical look at modern city.
It is then extended to architectural projects that attempt to redefine the physical and psychic relationships between man and the architectural space. In the center, the white cube welcomes three iconic projects of radical Italian design designed by Ettore Sottsass Jr., Superbox, Archizoom, Letti di Sogno and Riccardo Dalisi, Throne.