With the comprehensive inventory of ITALOMODERN, Martin and Werner Feiersinger draw attention to the heterogeneous architecture of the post-war period in Northern Italy. The focus of the brothers reflects their respective professional approaches, as a sculptor and as an architect. “On the one hand it is about the sculptural qualities of the buildings, their materiality and the different surfaces, on the other hand it is about space formation, functional conception and the integration into the environment.“ Martin and Werner Feiersinger.
“ITALOMODERN. Architecture in Northern Italy 1946-1976”
26 September, 2019 – 15 July, 2020
Finstral Studio Friedberg
Winterbruckenweg 64, Friedberg
The spectrum ranges from the precursors of today’s tiny houses such as Mario Cavallé “Case Zucca” in Milan, to small residential buildings such as Gino Valles “Casa Rossa” in Udine, to residential complexes in Trieste and Genoa that still seem bold today.
Among the 115 photographs on display are pictures of the machine-like architecture of the Olivetti Hotel “La Serra” in Ivrea, the spectacular silhouette of BBPR’s “Torre Velasca” in Milan, and courageous constructions by hardly known architects. Not timeless architecture, then, but buildings that are a clear expression of a time full of optimism and belief in the architectural design of the future.
ITALOMODERN results from years of initially private research carried by Martin and Werner Feiersinger. Their photographs, taken on journeys without any purpose of exploitation, were presented to the public for the first time in 2011 in aut. architektur und tirol. The recognition and international response to the exhibition and the catalogue encouraged them to continue their research and travel activities, resulting in ITALOMODERN 2, shown in aut in 2015. After stops in Austria, Switzerland and Italy, the South Tyrolean window manufacturer Finstral is now bringing the exhibition to Germany for the first time.
Expressly for the gallery rooms of Finstral Studio Friedberg, Martin and Werner Feiersinger have designed a arge space object, which at the same time serves as a presentation surface and whose pointed forms are reminiscent of Mendini’s drawing “Non c’è Italia senza spine”: there is no Italy without thorns.