“Mantova Architettura”, conferences and exhibitions regarding heritage preservation

The full program of events comprises conferences by Eduardo Souto de Moura, Carlos Ferrater, Alvaro Siza and Rafael Moneo, among others, apart from parallel exhibitions at Madonna della Vittoria and Casa del Mantegna.

 

© Mantova Architettura

© Mantova Architettura

 

Mantova Architettura is an architectural festival made up of several events as exhibitions, lessons, seminars and conferences with contributions by the most important contemporary architecture Masters, arranged by the campus of the Politecnico di Milano in Mantova within the scientific project of the Unesco Chair.


The event was inaugurated by the Pritzker Prize for Architecture Eduardo Souto de Moura, with a lecture called “The value and meaning of existing buildings” in the presence of the rector of the Politecnico di Milano, Giovanni Azzone, and Alessandro Balducci, among others. Eduardo Souto de Moura was recently appointed full professor by the Academic Senate of the Politecnico di Milano and, from the academic year 2015/2016, will teach in Mantova in the new Master’s Degree of Architectural Design and History.

 

Eduardo Souto de Moura © Mantova Architettura

Eduardo Souto de Moura © Mantova Architettura

 

The full program of events comprises three conferences of the UNESCO Chair held by leading figures of contemporary architecture, at the Temple of San Sebastiano in Mantua: Carlos Ferrater on May 14 , Alvaro Siza on May 18 , and Rafael Moneo on May 21.

 

Rafael Moneo© Mantova Architettura

Rafael Moneo© Mantova Architettura

 

In addition, some members of the younger generation of architects will give lectures on their work (Cristian Undurraga on May 6, Kuehn Malvezzi and Renato Rizzi on May 19, Philippe Prost on May 22) as well as many thematic studies on the history and criticism of ‘ architecture and urbanism.

In particular, the theme of confrontation with history is the focus of the exhibition Architecture and History, which has been on at the Casa del Mantegna from May 7 to 24, curated by Massimo Ferrari, Luigi Spinelli and Claudia Tinazzi. The exhibition shows, as it did last year, the the work that is taking place in the classrooms of the Mantova Campus of the Politecnico di Milano and in other Italian schools of architecture. The key by which to read the projects of teachers and students, who have chosen a number of Italian and European city centers as research theme is this confrontation with architectural history.

 

Carlos Ferrater lecture © Mantova Architettura

Carlos Ferrater lecture © Mantova Architettura

Carlos Ferrater lecture © Mantova Architettura

Carlos Ferrater lecture © Mantova Architettura

 

The conference “For a School of Architecture“, which will take place on May 21 at the Casa del Mantegna, focused on the theme of a common education project, and featured the participation of the Schools of Architecture of Venice, Palermo, Rome, Bari and Porto.

Finally, in the space of Madonna della Vittoria, Peter Knaup will be showing his extraordinary photographs of the work of Gaudi (open from May 8).

 

© Mantova Architettura

© Mantova Architettura

 

The program Mantova Architettura is inserted in the initiatives of the “System MantovaExpo 2015“, a project of the Chamber of Commerce of Mantova for the promotion of excellence of this territory.

 


 

Upcoming Events

May 21 
10.00 am
Scuole di Architettura a confronto
a cura di
Massimo Ferrari
interventi di
Armando Dal Fabbro, Carlos Luigi Franciosini, Carlos Guimarães, Carlo Moccia, Andrea Sciascia
Casa del Mantegna
ore 14.30
presentazione del Corso di Laurea in Architettura
Polo di Mantova
ore 18
lezione di
Rafael Moneo
a cura di
Maria Cristina Loi
introduzione di
Francesco Dal Co
Tempio di San Sebastiano

May 22
10.00 am
lezione di
Roberto Gambino
introduzione di
Carlo Peraboni
Teatro Bibiena
ore 14.30
Paesaggio al futuro
a cura di
Carlo Peraboni
Aula magna Polo di Mantova
ore 15
lezione di
Philippe Prost e Jean-Philippe Garric
a cura di
Federico Bucci
Salone Mantegnesco

May 25 
10.00 am
Giovanni Battista Bertani (1516-1576)
a cura di
Paolo Carpeggiani
Aula magna Polo di Mantova

 


 

Exhibitions

Architecture and History
curated by Massimo Ferrari, Luigi Spinelli, Claudia Tinazzi, introduction by Stefano Della Torre, Gabriele Pasqui, Angelo Torricelli, Ilaria Valente

Open from 7 to 24 May

dates and times:
tue 10-12,30 a.m.
wed/thu 10-12,30 a.m.; 3-5 p.m.
frid 10-12,30 a.m.
sat/sun 10-12,30 a.m.; 3-6 p.m.

Venue: Mantegna’s House, Mantova.

For a second consecutive year, the exhibition at Mantegna’s House tells the city the works carried out at the School of Architecture of the Mantova Campus of Politecnico di Milano.

In 2014, the homage paid to some of the Masters of Architecture, built up an exhibition inside the exhibition, made up of a few pieces to illustrate how exemplary is the  professional, didactic and research attitude towards the city and its inhabitants, while this year the comparison with the history and with the image of Mantova in the cartography, represents the manifesto where to interpret the projects of teachers and students.

Monuments, city, territory recounts on different scales, in a continuous sequence, this relationship between Mantova and the School of Architecture. Precious maps describe a possible story of the city and accompany the images of the contemporary research.

After all, Architecture and History live since time immemorial in a fertile and extraordinary relationship, even considering the words’ etymology.

On one side the History (Ἱστορία), which has in itself the meaning of fact-finding “research” and related narration. On the other side the Architecture, a compound word made of ἀρχή, (archè), the origin and e τέκτων (técton), literally “to shape”, “to build”, “to invent”.

 

Architecture and History © Mantova Architettura

Architecture and History © Mantova Architettura

 

Peter Knaup, photographer of Gaudì

Open from 8 al 24 maydates and times.

wed/fri 15.30-18.30
sat/sun/10-12,30 e 15,30/18,30

Venue: Madonna della Vittoria, Mantova.

Peter Knaup graduated in Economics in 1972. His career as a photographer began with a self-taught approach towards Antoni Gaudí’s architectures in 1972. The following year, Peter opened a still life photography studio in Munich. In 1975 he moved to Frankfurt and in 1982 he settled in Paris and there remained for the following 30 years. In Paris he opened one of the most important advertising photography studios.
His photography publications include: Silent Venice, Antoni Gaudí, Les Châteaux du Médoc, Mouton Rothschild – The Museum of Wine in Art, The Most Beautiful Bistros of Paris, Rossini – Bonvivant et Gourmet.
Peter Knaup lives and works in Berlin.

The exhibition is the result of a long research about the works of Antoni Gaudì, which lasted from 1972 to 2012, and ended with the publication of the book “Antoni Gaudì”.

 

Peter Knaup, photographer of Gaudì © Mantova Architettura

“Peter Knaup, photographer of Gaudì” © Mantova Architettura

 


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