Inaugurated in the museum complex of the hall of St. Pius at the Santa Maria della Scala in Siena, the exhibition “Giancarlo De Carlo. Unpublished sketches”, sponsored by the Order of Architects of the province of Siena celebrates the urbanist and architect who died ten years ago – who had, during his professional life, close relationship with the city of the Palio. The sketches on display until October 25 are largely unpublished and were born as a personal research of the author as suggestions, ideas or simple amusement for him.
“Giancarlo De Carlo. Unpublished sketches”
until October 25 2015
Sala San Pio
Santa Maria della Scala
piazza Duomo 1
It was in the Milan Triennale where they were presented for the first time, ten years after of the death of De Carlo, and now they have come to the Santa Maria della Scala (the exhibition is curated by Anna De Carlo and Giacomo Polin with Francesca Galimberti, the display by Giacomo Gatto e Pierpaolo Tonin). “We decided to embrace the project of this exhibition – explains Elizabeth Corsi, president of the Order of Architects of Siena – because De Carlo is a reference point for our city, especially for his theoretical legacy and the relationships he left with local professionals. With this exhibition the Order wants to emphasize its role in the promotion of the architect in the service of the community.”
It is no coincidence that this initiative arises in a broader picture, as Marina Gennari, adviser of the Architects of Siena and coordinator of the exhibition, recalled : “The contemporary art and architecture Week, which will start in the next days, derived from the General Assembly which took place a few months ago where our Order participated by offering to organize tables and workshops of urban studies in order to improve our city as much as possible . ”
During the inauguration of the exhibition, the coordinator Carlo Nepi recalled the link between De Carlo and Siena. “In 1975 – he explained – the architect was in charge of the project of the detailed plan for ‘San Miniato-La Lizza’ and from there a relationship with the city was born; it went on with the ILA & UD which stood in Siena for 9 years during which the laboratory, run by major American and European schools of architecture, produced an incredible amount of projects the city. In particular, they developed remarkable proposals and projects for Santa Maria della Scala. For this – concluded Nepi – we speak of the ‘return’ of De Carlo in this place, regaled with a display ad hoc “.
“The drawings on show – explains Giacomo Gatto, curator of the display – are evidence of the hidden work and the professional innermost side of De Carlo. The exhibition consists of some sketches and scale models (the latter relating to the work done by the architect in Siena) as well as videos that complete the experience. Along with the drawings, written notes that De Carlo sprinkled in his texts and diaries to help the visitor better understand the personality of this architect – concluded Gatto – who gave a lot and is still little known. ”
Representing the City of Siena during the inauguration was the Councillor for Public Works Paolo Mazzini. “Our administration – he says – is pleased to have partnered with the Association of Architects for this exhibition. Not only because De Carlo has left many signs in our city, visible and invisible, but also because this partnership wants to strengthen the relationship necessary between the City and the Order that is not so much a category of technical professionals, as instead of intellectuals through their culture and their proposals help to think and rethink the urban space and thus the lives of us all. ”