For an architectural professional, the table is the mirror of a mental organization where, between a pile of sheets, the agenda and the pen holder, one can cut out his own space, objects related to personal relationships, ideas and habits.
“Paradigma. The table of the architect Adolfo Natalini”
12 July – 17 October, 2019
Museo del Novecento. Palazzo dell’Arengario
Via Guglielmo Marconi, 1, 20122 Milano
Adolfo Natalini exhibits at the Museo Novecento, in the covered loggia on the ground floor, a selection of his precious drawings tracing the history of man and architect through the pages of the notebooks that have always accompanied him, in every moment of his career and in every place.
His hand has been tireless since 1954, the year in which he began to put everything around him on paper, with meticulous attention: “I drew my hand, portraits of schoolmates, landscapes, self-portraits,” he explains. Born in Pistoia, he moved to Florence during his university years where he graduated in Architecture. In 1966 he founded the avant-garde group Superstudio which inaugurated the Radical Architecture season and which led him to exhibit his works in an exhibition at the MoMA in New York in 1972. After the Superstudio experience, in 1978, he began his career as a designer. The major works include: the reconstruction of the Waagstraat in Groningen, the Opificio delle Pietre Dure Museum in Florence, the Dorotheenhof on Manetstrasse in Leipzig, the Muzenplein in The Hague, the Campi Bisenzio Shopping Center, the University Campus Novoli, Boscotondo in Helmond, Het Eiland in Zwolle, Haverlej in Den Bosch, the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo and the project for the Nuovi Uffizi.
However, drawing remains the main practice pursued in every moment of life. Each sign is linked to a thought; every architecture is linked to a sketch. The design gives an order to his thoughts: tireless creative flows of a great protagonist of our times.