Martin and Werner Feiersinger curated in 2011 the exhibition “Italo Modern”-accompanied by a publication of the same name-, the first comprehensive inventory of post-war architecture in Northern Italy which established the wide range of different currents; from neo-realists to rationalists, brutalists and what were considered architectural “freaks”.
The success and the great interest in “Italo Modern” encouraged Martin and Werner Feiersinger to continue their research and travel activities and to present the results in “Italo Modern 2”. With a focus ranging from unique items to experimental, though not necessarily spectacular architectures, the exhibition and book gather more than 130 buildings. All of them are a clear expression of that stage of the economic and cultural boom in which people believed in the architectural design of the future. The display shows projects from Bolzano to Colle di Val’Elsa, from Trieste to San Remo and from the Adriatic Sea all the way up to over 2,000 m.
Italomodern 2. Architecture in Northern Italy.
23 October, 2015 – 20 February ,2016
Tue-Fri: 11:00 / 18:00
Sat: 11:00 / 21:00
Sun: 11:00 / 17:00
Aut. architektur und tirol
Lois welzenbacher platz 1
CURATOR’S NOTE. When we organized in 2011 the exhibition and the book ” ItaloModern “, designed by Martin and Werner Feininger together with Willi Schmid, we would have never imagined the recognition and international response that the project raised. The first edition was sold out within a few weeks, reviews by international daily newspapers and many specialised media supported us and made at the same time obvious that Martin and Werner Feiersinger had met, with their extensive inventory of the Italian architectural scene of the postwar period, a spirit of the times. Free of ideological and formal censure they offered an insight into the architecture development of an era and a region, and represented the wide range of different currents- from neo-realists and rationalists, to brutalists and what were considered architectural “freaks”.
The success and the great interest in “Italo Modern” encouraged Martin and Werner Feiersinger to continue their research and travel activities and to present the results in “Italo Modern 2“. In contrast to the “first edition”, which fed on the privately operated research made over years and photographs taken on their trips without a certain purpose, the current presentation and the book have been developed in the past four years. While the focus of the selection of buildings in the first project were in the urban area between Turin and Trieste, the research radius has been extended up to South Tyrol and the Alpine landscapes. The very different topographical and climatic conditions, the various architectural historical contexts and “schools” as well as the heterogeneous typological approach of the architects shown are based on a tension which is underlined by the photographs which translate perfectly every environment, lighting situation and mood of the projects.
From a personal point of view, Martin and Werner Feiersinger try to make the different qualities of each building visible, taking into account the characteristics of each specific work and the architect’s vision: its vitality and energy, atmosphere, lightness, passion, vitality, utopia, experiment, scale, complexity and ambiguity. With a focus ranging from unique items to experimental, though not necessarily spectacular architectures, the exhibition and book gather more than 130 buildings. All of them are a clear expression of that stage of the economic and cultural boom in which people believed in the architectural design of the future.
LIST OF ARCHITECT’S WORKS FEATURED IN THE EXHIBITION
Franco Albini • Asnago & Vender • Giovanni Astengo • Carlo Aymonino • Luciano Baldessari • Bartoli & Baldassini • BBPR • Gino Becker • Giandomenico Belotti • Aldo Bernardis • Dante Bini • Bucci & Trinci • Luigi Caccia Dominioni • Guido Canella • Mario Cavallé • Mario Cereghini • Luigi Carlo Daneri • Carlo De Carli • Giancarlo De Carlo • Edoardo Detti • Marco Dezzi Bardeschi • Angelo Di Castro • Figini & Pollini • Gabetti & Isola • Mario Galvagni • Gambirasio & Zenoni • Ignazio Gardella • Edoardo Gellner • Vittorio Gregotti • Gresleri & Varnier • Sergio Jontof Hutter • Jaretti & Luzi • Adalberto Libera • Antonio Macconi • Vico Magistretti • Angelo Mangiarotti • Giovanni Michelucci • Carlo Mollino • Filippo Monti • Riccardo Morandi • Bruno Morassutti • Carlo Moretti • Robaldo Morozzo della Rocca • Nicola Mosso • Saverio Muratori • Sergio Musmeci • Pier Luigi Nervi • Ico Parisi • Giuseppe Pizzigoni • Gio Ponti • Paolo Portoghesi • Giorgio Raineri • Leonardo Ricci • Armando Ronca • Aldo Rossi • Maurizio Sacripanti • Leonardo Savioli • Carlo Scarpa • Ettore Sottsass sen. • Ettore Sottsass jun. • Pierluigi Spadolini • Dino Tamburini • Giuseppe Vaccaro • Enzo Venturelli • Virgilio Vercelloni • Nanda Vigo • Villa & Zibetti Ribaldone • Enrico Villani • Marco Zanuso • Bruno Zevi