Some of the emblematic works that sanctified Dario Passi’s abandonment of architecture in favour of painting will be shown. At the entrance to the Architecture Archives Centre are two large oil canvas paintings, recently acquired, that represent a kind of cultural legacy of Dario Passi, whose activity over time passed from architectural practice, always carried out through high quality graphic representations, to tout-court artistic creation.
“Dario Passi. Forma Urbis”
21 September – 21 October 2018
MAXXI – National Museum of XXI Century Arts
Via Guido Reni 4A , Roma
The study on the theme of architectural drawing and on the relationship between project and its representation carried out by the MAXXI Architettura as part of the research activity on its collection continues with a focus on the work of Dario Passi, architect and artist for whom this relationship was always central in his work.
Just a few months after his death, the MAXXI Architettura presents the public with a selection of his emblematic works, some of which have been donated to the museum’s collection.
Architectural projects entered in international competitions, study sketches, albums and notebooks and large oil paintings take the visitor into a figurative world that on one hand suggests moods and signs that are common to the contemporary art scene and on the other brings architecture back to its most authentic meaning in the construction of the city, in the rediscovered urban monumentality of the “minor” architecture of the suburbs in which his projects seem to dissolve in the existing built fabric.