“Savage Architecture. Gian Piero Frassinelli, Superstudio and 2A+P/A” at Politecnico di Milano

The exhibition is an opportunity to examine the important role that Frassinelli played within Superstudio, to discuss the trans-disciplinary influence that the Florentine collective has had in the last fifty years and speculate about its operative potential today.

 

Gian Piero Frassinelli and 2A+P/A - Central Archive of Human Cultures, Excursion in the Archive, 2015

Gian Piero Frassinelli and 2A+P/A – Central Archive of Human Cultures, Excursion in the Archive, 2015

 

The 8th of February 2017 the project Savage Architecture was presented in the Exhibition Space Guido Nardi of the Polytechnic of Milan. In the form of an exhibition and a book, curated by Davide Sacconi, the project portraits the research developed by Gian Piero Frassinelli – former member of Superstudio – and his recent collaboration with 2A+P/A which explore the intersection between architecture and anthropology.


 

Practical information

“Savage Architecture” Gian Piero Frassinelli, Superstudio and 2A+P/A
February 9 – February 27, 2017
Exhibition space “Guido Nardi” Politecnico di Milano
Via Ampère, 2, 20133 Milano
Italy

 


The exhibition – coming from the Architectural Association of London and soon traveling to Paris and Rome – and the book published by Black Square in 2016, will be presented by Gian Piero Frassinelli (Superstudio), Gianfranco Bombaci e Matteo Costanzo (2A+P/A), which will engage in a debate with Marco Biraghi and Valter Scelsi.

 

Gian Piero Frassinelli and 2A+P/A - Central Archive of Human Cultures, The case for Human Cultures, 2015 © Gian Piero Frassinelli

Gian Piero Frassinelli and 2A+P/A – Central Archive of Human Cultures, The case for Human Cultures, 2015 © Gian Piero Frassinelli

Gian Piero Frassinelli and 2A+P/A - Central Archive of Human Cultures, The Archive and the Offices, 2015 © Gian Piero Frassinelli

Gian Piero Frassinelli and 2A+P/A – Central Archive of Human Cultures, The Archive and the Offices, 2015 © Gian Piero Frassinelli

 

 

The event will be an opportunity to examine the important role that Frassinelli played within Superstudio, to discuss the trans-disciplinary influence that the Florentine collective has had in the last fifty years and speculate about its operative potential today. 

 

Gian Piero Frassinelli - Anthropology Research Center, Model of the management offices. Graduation thesis project at the Faculty of Architecture of Florence, 1966 © Gian Piero Frassinelli

Gian Piero Frassinelli – Anthropology Research Center, Model of the management offices.
Graduation thesis project at the Faculty of Architecture of Florence, 1966 © Gian Piero Frassinelli

 

Savage Architecture is a journey to the root of the relationship between architecture and man in four episodes. Departing from Frassinelli’s unpublished graduation thesis for an Anthropology Research Center (1968), lingering on the dystopian and revealing scenarios of The Twelve Ideal Cities (1972), the trajectory culminates in the recent collaborative projects of Frassinelli and 2A+P/A for the Budapest Ethnographic Museum (2014) and the Central Archive of Human Cultures (2015).

Superstudio - The Twelve Ideal Cities, First City: 2000-tons City, 1971 © Gian Piero Frassinelli

Superstudio – The Twelve Ideal Cities, First City: 2000-tons City, 1971 © Gian Piero Frassinelli

Savage Architecture exhibition view © Politecnico di Milano

Savage Architecture exhibition view © Politecnico di Milano

 

This fifty years-long journey among different experiments unveils the foundations of a project alternative to the current blind faith in the economic and technological reason. The anthropological gaze gives form to an architecture that is savage because it refuses to impose the power of reason over the symbolic, animal, vital and therefore political dimension of man.

 

Gian Piero Frassinelli and 2A+P/A - Budapest Ethnographic Museum, The mystery of presence,2014 © Gian Piero Frassinelli

Gian Piero Frassinelli and 2A+P/A – Budapest Ethnographic Museum, The mystery of presence,2014 © Gian Piero Frassinelli

Savage Architecture exhibition view © Politecnico di Milano

Savage Architecture exhibition view © Politecnico di Milano

Savage Architecture exhibition view © Politecnico di Milano

Savage Architecture exhibition view © Politecnico di Milano

 

Savage Architecture rejects the domestic man and looks at the primitive without the burden of progress or development but instead with the freedom of the barbaric, the wisdom of the ancestral, and a profound awareness of the collective character of architectural knowledge.

 

Savage Architecture exhibition view © Politecnico di Milano

Savage Architecture exhibition view © Politecnico di Milano

Savage Architecture exhibition view © Politecnico di Milano

Savage Architecture exhibition view © Politecnico di Milano

 

Savage Architecture is the difficult achievement of a field of tensions between control and freedom, narrative and technology, individual expression and collective rituals. A project that, conscious of the violence inherent in human relationships, imagines mechanisms and narratives to give form and value to irreducible dichotomies of mankind.

 

Savage Architecture exhibition view © Politecnico di Milano

Savage Architecture exhibition view © Politecnico di Milano

Savage Architecture exhibition view © Politecnico di Milano

Savage Architecture exhibition view © Politecnico di Milano

Savage Architecture exhibition view © Politecnico di Milano

Savage Architecture exhibition view © Politecnico di Milano

Savage Architecture exhibition view © Politecnico di Milano

Savage Architecture exhibition view © Politecnico di Milano

Savage Architecture exhibition view © Politecnico di Milano

Savage Architecture exhibition view © Politecnico di Milano


 

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