The exhibition – curated by Orsina Simona Pierini and Alessandro Isastia, former authors of the volume Case Milanesi 1923-1973 (Ulrico Hoepli Editore) – will be an opportunity to discover a selection of the most significant Milanese houses of modernity.
“Case Milanesi 1923-1973. Images of a city”
October 24, 2018 – January 6, 2019
Villa Necchi Campiglio
Via Mozart, 14, Milan
Starting from the transformations of Milan, the first place where modernity is realized in Italy in continuity with tradition, the exhibition will be enriched, with the advice of Alberto Saibene, from testimonies of the cultural, literary, artistic and cinematic context that have dialogued with the architecture and the pieces of the city that changed the face of Milan between the twenties and the seventies, affirming the golden age of bourgeois civilization. This search for representativeness will be made explicit by a scenographic installation in the gallery of wardrobes, curated by Alessandro Isastia.
The insights on the interior will allow you to “look in and close” the residences, while in the vestibule leading to the exhibition space of the attic, a large map of Milan, extended on the floor and on which it will be possible to walk, will allow visitors to identify the houses in the topography of the city and to “move” from one house to another by designing itineraries and virtual routes.
A section will also be dedicated to the architects who designed the houses – Piero Portaluppi, Giovanni Muzio, Luigi Caccia Dominioni, Vico Magistretti, Aldo Andreani, Gio Ponti, Ignazio Gardella, Figini and Pollini, just to give some examples – which will be outlined style.
Lastly, the heart of the exhibition: the long wall where the 23 selected houses are presented: the many different facades that formed the new image of the city will be placed side by side on the same scale. In front of this large exhibition wall, the photographic description of the houses, their plants and their materials, which will allow the visitor to “touch” the skin of the buildings. The exhibition was designed by Giussaniarch and Studio FM designed the graphics.
During the opening months of the exhibition specific guided itineraries will be organized in the city accompanied by the curators, in order to admire the houses seen in the exhibition on paper, as well as a series of in-depth meetings ranging from the testimonies of the heirs to a reflection on how Milan modern is seen from abroad. The complete calendar will be available on the exhibition website.
Furthermore, on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th November there will be a market exhibition that will showcase the creations and collections of companies and art galleries, antique dealers and designers, which gave life to the interiors of Milanese Houses: a cross-section on taste and the trends from the twenties to the seventies, from the furnishing accessories to the accessories to the collector’s item. The exhibition “Inside the Milanese Houses” will be curated by Roberto Dulio, curator of several exhibitions and collaborator of important architecture magazines.
Lastly, the exhibition will be accompanied by the volume Case Milanesi 1923-1973 (Ulrico Hoepli Editore) which will serve as a catalog. The publication, the result of the research work that the authors conducted with a team of the Milan Polytechnic, collects in about 80 layout plans, plans and prospects of the buildings, accompanied by repertoire material and photographs by Stefano Topuntoli taken for the occasion. The volume, introduced by Cino Zucchi, well-known architect and scholar of Milanese architecture, is accompanied by two critical essays by the authors who place the Milanese season in the broader context of twentieth century architecture.