The exhibition highlights the importance of Luigi Ghirri’s work in the field of architecture, through his decade-long contribution to Lotus International magazine. Ghirri has given architecture a new way of looking, making it possible to understand design in relation to the conflicting aspects and internal contradictions in contemporary landscapes. The exhibition shows the fruitful relationship between Ghirri and Lotus, with a whole array of original photographs from the magazine archives, many of which have never been shown before, together with some work materials.
“Luigi Ghirri: The Landscape of Architecture”
May 25 – September 9, 2018
Palazzo della Triennale
Viale Emilio Alemagna, 6, Milano
The great photographer Luigi Ghirri (1943-1992) started collaborating with quarterly architecture magazine “Lotus International” in the early 1980s, inaugurating a relationship that lasted almost ten years, virtually until his last days. This important and productive experience is now the focus of a beautiful exhibition organized by Milan’s Triennale, “Luigi Ghirri. The landscape of architecture”, which will be open until September 9th 2018. This exceptional relationship was described in “Paesaggio e architettura nell’Italia contemporanea”
“In 1982, Luigi Ghirri inaugurated his decade of collaborations with Pierluigi Nicolin’s ‘Lotus International’ with photographs of Aldo Rossi’s Modena cemetery during the winter. Ghirri’s shots marked a turning point in the relationship between photography and architecture, with a shift from auxiliary tool to independent theme, from documentary aid to point of view for interpretation.
The change was not just about newfound independence: it affected the object of representation and the methods used to tell its story. Photography gained a growing and crucial role in increasing the visibility of Italian landscapes and their transformations” (translated from G.Durbiano-M. Robiglio, “Paesaggio e architettura nell’Italia contemporanea”, Donzelli, Rome 2003).