After fifty years of alternating cycles of historiographical repression and subsequent revivals in national and international circuits, this book takes stock of this exceptional experience of collective architecture in the twentieth century. Today the drawings, models, famous photomontages, lamps, tables and other design objects created by Superstudio are on show in many museums world wide, amongst which, MoMA (New York), The Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), Frac (Orléans), the Pecci Centre for Contemporary Art (Prato), and the Maxxi (Rome).
“Superstudio. Works 1966-1978”
Edited by Gabriele Mastrigli
44 projects, 570 full colors images
Italian Edition, Habitat
Hardcover 167 × 240 mm
cxxiv-668 pgs. color, isbn 978-88-7462-813-1
It is no surprise therefore that Superstudio has now become a classic, as is the destiny of all the avant-guards that once historicised and ‘museumised’, no longer only reflect revolutionary instances, but constitute a new horizon of shared values, less abstract and atemporal, that cross their specialist boundaries to become aesthetic paradigms tout court.
All the projects of Superstudio, from the well known Il Monumento Continuo and Le dodici città ideali to those lesser known works generated from the cycle known as Cultura materiale extra-urbana are here generously illustrated with a variety of unpublished drawings and documents, the result of long and careful work of archival reconstruction.
Superstudio were founded in Florence in 1966 at the same time as Archizoom. Its members comprised Aldolfo Natalini, Cristiano Toraldo di Francia, Roberto Magris, Piero Frassinelli e Alessandro Magris; Alessandro Poli was associated with the group between 1970 and 1972. As one of the founding groups of the so-called «Radical Architecture», Superstudio carried out careful research on objects, environments and industrial design.