Starting out with the vision offered by Aldo Rossi’s Città Analoga in which all the elements of the city and its representation seem to be present, from the composition by parts to the overlaying of plans, from the commemoration of history to the synthesis of the archetype, a series of architectural drawings testify to how the architect arrives at a design through the medium of drawing.
“Disegno ergo progetto. Ideas and shapes around architecture”
16 March – 06 May 2018
MAXXI – National Museum of XXI Century Arts
Via Guido Reni 4A , Roma
Rome March 15, 2018. The sacred figures of Alvaro Siza whose safe and synthetic trait is the same as the architectural compositions, the collages of Yona Friedman in which his Spatial Ville crosses the sky above the Isola Tiberina and the MAXXI, the visions in pastel drawings by Luigi Pellegrin that make up future and surreal landscapes and still the drawings by Carlo Scarpa for the Frank Lloyd Wright exhibition at the Milan Triennale in 1953, the black-hatched reflections on napkins by the Iberia airline of Alberto Campo Baeza, the skeins of sign of the lithographs by Giovanni Michelucci and the bright geometries of the watercolors by Lauretta Vinciarelli. All this and much more is Disegno ergo progetto Ideas and forms around architecture the focus that MAXXI dedicates to architectural design hosted from March 16 to May 6, 2018 in the MAXXI Architettura Archives Center. 21 architects and their graphic reflections, dedicated to works and research, poetic visions and design practices to compose an exhibition that reveals the many aspects that characterize architectural practice.
The exhibition stems from the desire to highlight the potential of the heritage of materials and documents that are part of the MAXXI Architettura collection and which constitutes an extraordinary pool of ideas and forms, thoughts and relationships around architecture. With Disegno Ergo Progetto, MAXXI Architettura inaugurates a line of research that also involves the new funds acquired in the collections, such as those of Luigi Pellegrin, Franz Prati and Pierluigi Eroli, to investigate how the design is the alphabet of architectural construction, in a recognition of the different ways of drawing, in the mental and spatial process, even before architectural.
The exhibition path is introduced by the sound installation Voce di Architetto_architecture of architecture that collects the thoughts, ideas, reflections of some of the major architectural protagonists of the last 50 years, returned through their voices: vocal aphorisms, as in a musical score, represent the thinking of architects, echoing works and research, poetic visions and design practices. On the walls of the Centro Archivi there are over 40 project drawings and sketches starting from La Città Analoga by Aldo Rossi in which all the elements of the city and its representation seem to be present. The drawings of the 21 protagonists testify how the architect looks at the project through drawing, which accompanies the elaboration of an idea, prefigures images, defines details, seeks formal synthesis through abstractions, paths, fields of color.
The selection proposed by “Disegno ergo progetto” is only one of the possibilities offered by the rich container that is the deposit of the museum, which is made visible through the images of Andrea Iemolo and Francesco Radino. To recall the circular dynamics between accumulation and selection, between conservation, research and exhibition in which the most authentic meaning of the contemporary Museum resides.
The architects on show: Alessandro Anselmi, Alberto Campo Baeza, Costantino Dardi, Giancarlo De Carlo, Vittorio De Feo, Pierluigi Eroli, Yona Friedman, Aimaro Isola, Giovanni Michelucci, Dario Passi, Luigi Pellegrin, Marco Petreschi, Franz Prati, Franco Purini, Aldo Rossi, Umberto Riva, Maurizio, Sacripanti, Carlo Scarpa, Alvaro Siza, Francesco Venice, Lauretta Vinciarelli.