“Luigi Pellegrin: Architectural Visions of Pisa”, standing up for Italian post-war architecture

Following Pisa’s local administration’s desire to take down one of the city’s most representative building of 1960’s organic architecture, the Complesso Concetto Marchesi, Pisastudium have launched an exhibition and congress on its author’s life and works.

 

© Chandra Editrice. Image from the book "Scuola Marchesi di Pisa" edited by Chiara Cascella

© Chandra Editrice. Image from the book “Scuola Marchesi di Pisa” edited by Chiara Cascella

 

Pisastudium, a local cultural association in Pisa, have just launched an exhibition on the life and works of one of Italy’s most important architect’s and designer’s: Luigi Pellegrin. However, Pellegrin is specially known in Pisa for what is considered one of the highest examples of Italian post-war architecture, the Scuola Marchesi, which was recently subject of controversy after the local administration’s desire to bring it down.

The aim of “Luigi Pellegrin: Architectural Visions of Pisa” is to promote a fresh, unprejudiced point of view on Pisa’s architectural heritage beyond the Camposanto and to ackowledge the work of one of the key figures of Italian organic architecture.

 


 

Luigi Pellegrin is an important figure of what is called Italian Organic architecture. Following an exhibition on this eclectic and visionary architect, “Copiare Saturno” that took place in Rome in 2014; the Associazione Culturale Pisastudium is now setting up in Pisa -in partnership with Studio Bianchi, Chiara Pellegrin and AIAC (Italian Association of Architecture Critique)- an exhibition and a series of conferences for the dissemination of Pellegrin’s work and thoughts.

 

© Spazio Espositivo Bastione Sangallo

© Spazio Espositivo Bastione Sangallo

 

Pellegrin’s bond with Pisa is undoubtedly linked to the Concetto Marchesi educational buildings, an extraordinary example of  how the artist’s visions translate into something tangible. The exhibition aims to stimulate an informed and unprejudiced point of view of this important urban object.

 

© Chandra Editrice. Image from the book "Scuola Marchesi di Pisa" edited by Chiara Cascella

Library © Chandra Editrice. Image from the book “Scuola Marchesi di Pisa” edited by Chiara Cascella

© Chandra Editrice. Image from the book "Scuola Marchesi di Pisa" edited by Chiara Cascella

© Chandra Editrice. Image from the book “Scuola Marchesi di Pisa” edited by Chiara Cascella

 

Amidst the drawings and projects presented in Rome in the Copiare Saturno exhibition, there is a section dedicated to the architecture designed and built by Pellegrin, particularly centered on his experience in Pisa in the Concetto Marchesi complex, as well as a look at the projects by other architects that were also selected for this competition.

 

© Chandra Editrice. Image from the book "Scuola Marchesi di Pisa" edited by Chiara Cascella

Lower level gym © Chandra Editrice. Image from the book “Scuola Marchesi di Pisa” edited by Chiara Cascella

© Chandra Editrice. Image from the book "Scuola Marchesi di Pisa" edited by Chiara Cascella

© Chandra Editrice. Image from the book “Scuola Marchesi di Pisa” edited by Chiara Cascella

 

Along with the exhibition, the curators have organised a guided tour along Concetto Marchesi as a way to defend this complex and to explain the contrast between the initial intentions and the success of this building over the last 40 years.

 

© Chandra Editrice. Image from the book "Scuola Marchesi di Pisa" edited by Chiara Cascella

Swimming pool © Chandra Editrice. Image from the book “Scuola Marchesi di Pisa” edited by Chiara Cascella

© Chandra Editrice. Image from the book "Scuola Marchesi di Pisa" edited by Chiara Cascella

Competition image of the project © Chandra Editrice. Image from the book “Scuola Marchesi di Pisa” edited by Chiara Cascella

 

The exhibition comprises a video commentary on the influence of  Pellegrin in Italian architecture, featuring comments by Massimiliano Fuksas among others. The conferences following the exhibition will focus on Pellegrin’s life and works, emphasizing on his educational buildings. This iniciative is sponsored by the Pisa regional administration, local administration, Pisa’s Organization of Architects and Engineers, and the University of Pisa’s Department of Engineering.

 

© Chandra Editrice. Image from the book "Scuola Marchesi di Pisa" edited by Chiara Cascella

Elevated Gym© Chandra Editrice. Image from the book “Scuola Marchesi di Pisa” edited by Chiara Cascella

 

© Chandra Editrice. Image from the book "Scuola Marchesi di Pisa" edited by Chiara Cascella

Sketches © Chandra Editrice. Image from the book “Scuola Marchesi di Pisa” edited by Chiara Cascella

 

© Chandra Editrice. Image from the book "Scuola Marchesi di Pisa" edited by Chiara Cascella

© Chandra Editrice. Image from the book “Scuola Marchesi di Pisa” edited by Chiara Cascella

 

© Chandra Editrice. Image from the book "Scuola Marchesi di Pisa" edited by Chiara Cascella

© Chandra Editrice. Image from the book “Scuola Marchesi di Pisa” edited by Chiara Cascella

 

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© Flickr

 


 

Exhibition Info

March 6 – March 15, 2015
10.00-13.00h 15.00-18.00h
curated by Associazione Pisastudium
Spazio Espositivo Bastione Sangallo PISA
Lungarno Fibonacci, Pisa

 


 

 

© Panoramio

Current state © Panoramio

© Panoramio

Current state © Panoramio

 

Text adapted and translated from the exhibition press release.
Images from the book “SCUOLA MARCHESI DI PISA, DIFESA DI UN ORGANISMO SOCIALE ”
by Chandra Editrice, edited by Chiara Cascella.