“Interni Milanesi. Home interiors by Vico Magistretti”

The exhibition INTERNI MILANESI – Home interiors by Vico Magistretti focuses on one of the less familiar aspects of the architect’s work: the design of urban interiors, modelled through painstaking, precise actions on the spatial constants that recur in the language of Magistretti (staircases, fireplaces, shaped openings, etc.) and at the level of furnishings.

 

lat on via Jommelli, 1969 - © Archivio Studio Magistretti - Fondazione Vico Magistretti

lat on via Jommelli, 1969 – © Archivio Studio Magistretti – Fondazione Vico Magistretti

 

The first area of intervention comprises reflections on the three-dimensional evolution of the house, in a contemporary reinterpretation of the valuable lesson of the Raumplan developed by Adolf Loos at the start of the 20th century, as well as continuous investigation of aspects like the indoor-outdoor relationship, the sizing of openings, the combination of different materials.


 

Practical information

“Interni Milanesi. Home interiors by Vico Magistretti”
March 24, 2016 – 18 February, 2017
Fondazione studio museo Vico Magistretti
Via Conservatorio 20, Milano
Italy

 


At the level of furnishings, apparently random combinations between period furniture or custom pieces, exceptional specimens of the Italian approach to construction of bourgeois homes from the start of the century to the 1950s, and icons of Made in Italy inserted with surgical precision in the same spaces, demonstrate that it is possible to achieve a balance between antique and modern – as theorized by Ernesto Nathan Rogers, Magistretti’s mentor – also in the field of interior architecture.

 

Residential building on corso di Porta Romana, 1962/67 © Archivio Studio Magistretti - Fondazione Vico Magistretti

Residential building on corso di Porta Romana, 1962/67 © Archivio Studio Magistretti – Fondazione Vico Magistretti

Flat on piazzetta Bossi, 1968 © Archivio Studio Magistretti - Fondazione Vico Magistretti

Flat on piazzetta Bossi, 1968 © Archivio Studio Magistretti – Fondazione Vico Magistretti

 

The exhibition concentrates on nine large furnished flats and small cells in residential buildings, seen in three different phases of what has been imagined as a work in progress: an exhibition in a state of becoming, which maintains the same categories of critical interpretation of the single projects, while presenting each of the specific cases, updated three times during the year of the show with new materials never exhibited elsewhere.

 

Flat on via Goito, 1953 - 1958/59 © Archivio Studio Magistretti - Fondazione Vico Magistretti

Flat on via Goito, 1953 – 1958/59 © Archivio Studio Magistretti – Fondazione Vico Magistretti

Flat on piazzetta Bossi, 1968 © Archivio Studio Magistretti - Fondazione Vico Magistretti

Flat on piazzetta Bossi, 1968 © Archivio Studio Magistretti – Fondazione Vico Magistretti

 

The choice of an evolving exhibit has been suggested by the extraordinary wealth of materials conserved in Studio Magistretti Archive, which besides hundreds of freehand of great quality, contains a vast quantity of historical images made by some of the most important Italian photographers. Only the combination of sketches and photos, in fact, can allow visitors to understand the architect’s way of operating. Many photographs, shown here thanks to the precious cooperation of Casali archive at the IUAV University of Venice, are by Giorgio Casali, who thanks to his role as the official photographer of the magazine Domus (from 1951 to 1983) constantly monitored the work of Vico Magistretti.

 

Milano San Felice district, with L. Caccia Dominioni, 1966/69 - © Archivio Studio Magistretti - Fondazione Vico Magistretti

Milano San Felice district, with L. Caccia Dominioni, 1966/69 – © Archivio Studio Magistretti – Fondazione Vico Magistretti

flat on via Jommelli, 1969 - © Università Iuav di Venezia - Archivio Progetti, fondo Giorgio Casali Foto di Giorgio Casali

flat on via Jommelli, 1969 – © Università Iuav di Venezia – Archivio Progetti, fondo Giorgio Casali Foto di Giorgio Casali


 

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