“Disegno ergo progetto. Ideas and shapes around architecture” at MAXXI Rome

How do signs/drawings constitute the alphabet of architectural construction? With the aim of a rediscovering the meaning of drawing as a manual gesture and the direct link between mind, heart and body, MAXXI is presenting a selection of works from the Architecture Collections and the latest archives it has acquired in order to tackle the theme of architectural drawing as a mental and spatial process before it is actually architectonic.

 

Costantino Dardi Museo immaginario per Giorgio De Chirico (1991) Prospettiva, 1991 China su carta da lucido Courtesy Fondazione MAXXI

Costantino Dardi Museo immaginario per Giorgio De Chirico (1991) Prospettiva, 1991 China su carta da lucido Courtesy Fondazione MAXXI

 

Starting out with the vision offered by Aldo Rossi’s Città Analoga in which all the elements of the city and its representation seem to be present, from the composition by parts to the overlaying of plans, from the commemoration of history to the synthesis of the archetype, a series of architectural drawings testify to how the architect arrives at a design through the medium of drawing. (more…)

“Drawings of Architecture and Ornament” at the National Library of Spain

Through over two hundred pieces, “Drawings of Architecture and Ornament” –  the exhibition in the Spanish National Library in Madrid which can be seen between October 28 and January 22- undertakes an imaginary journey through the architecture of the XIX century through the archival funds of the library.

 

"Drawings of Architecture and Ornament" exhibition © National Library of Spain

“Drawings of Architecture and Ornament” exhibition © National Library of Spain

 

The National Library had no official direct relationship with any activity linked to architecture or architects, since its foundational purpose was another. However, its Department of Fine Arts and Cartography has an important collection of architectural and ornamentation drawings, which comes from archives and private collections, legacies, donations and purchases. (more…)