“Den-City Urban Landscape” Sergei Tchoban at Galleria Antonia Jannone

What is the future of a densely populated city? How can an urban landscape change the way we perceive architecture and its artistic language? The Den-City Urban Landscape exhibition looks at the urban scene and its density, represented by combining history and modernity, architectural visions and scenarios for a possible near future.



Sergei Tchoban, Two worlds III, stage design, St. Peterburg, 2013


The architectural drawings, the “whims”, the happy fantasies of Sergei Tchoban, portray urban landscapes in which Piranesi meets suspended architectures overlaid as stylistic and temporal additions to historical city settings. The connections, the counterpoints, the layering of languages and volumes are what characterise the series of urban visions on show. Tchoban’s attitude shows his awareness of the need for comparison with the constructed past that every new piece of architecture must necessarily consider. 


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“One Two Five – Steven Holl”
October 3 – November 16, 2018
Galleria Antonia Jannone
Corso Garibaldi, 125


As such Den-City represents the pictorial work of an architect-builder who finds, in this form of expression, the tool for communicating the objective condition in which to operate as architects: building through overlapping layers rather than taking the late modernist tabula rasa approach.



Sergei_Tchoban, Dead-End 2, from the series Totalitarianism and Architecture,2017,


Sergei Tchoban, Museum in the Bread Factory, 2017


Sergei_Tchoban, Fantasy to etchings by Piranesi, 2017


Sergei Tchoban Fantasy to etchings by Piranesi, 2017


Sergei_Tchoban, Fantasy to etchingsby Piranesi, 2017,


The addition of architectures and their comparison, as portrayed in this series of fantasy drawings, then finds analogy and validation in the real city: the ‘portraits’ of Macau and Shanghai, Bangkok, Delhi and Tokyo, snapshots of urban landscapes of the present day find their thematic similarities in this layering of symbols and architecture, signs and images.Sergei’s works include pastel sketches inspired by his travels in Asia that capture the density of the urban structure and the inevitable links between ever-changing urban scenes. Using watercolours, china ink and sepia on paper, the artist expresses the singularity of a place including the cultural context of its past, present and future. (M. V.) Catalogue with text of Matteo Vercelloni.


"Den-City Urban Landscape" Sergei Tchoban at Galleria Antonia Jannone © Greg Bannan

“Den-City Urban Landscape” Sergei Tchoban at Galleria Antonia Jannone © Greg Bannan

"Den-City Urban Landscape" Sergei Tchoban at Galleria Antonia Jannone © Greg Bannan

“Den-City Urban Landscape” Sergei Tchoban at Galleria Antonia Jannone © Greg Bannan


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