Sepia-colored Tunisia: photographs from the 1892 European Historical Exhibition

The photographs, which belong to some of the oldest collections in the Archeological Museum in Madrid, feature Tunisian architectures, monuments, cities and landscapes, as well as its society’s traditions.

 

Sepia-colored Tunisia: photographs from the 1892 European Historical Exhibition © MAN

Sepia-colored Tunisia: photographs from the 1892 European Historical Exhibition © MAN

 

The Archeological Museum in Madrid is presenting an exhibition showcasing some of the most representative images and photographs from the museum’s archives, going back to the very first exhibition displayed at the MAN. The name of the exhibition, “Túnez en sepia” (Sepia-colored Tunisia) is a comprehensive collection of original photographs showing the customs and society of nineteenth-century Tunisia which were donated by the Bey of Tunisia himself. (more…)

“Labics. La Città aperta” architecture and historical public space of Italy

The exhibition invites a parallel reading amongst two Labics projects – MAST and CITTA DEL SOLE – and several Italian historic public spaces. This relationship is the discourse on Italian public space and Italian attitude, and its capacity to introduce a certain specificity to the globalization of contemporary architecture.

 

“Labics. La Città aperta” © Casabella Laboratorio

“Labics. La Città aperta” © Casabella Laboratorio

 

The exhibition takes its direction from two different assumptions: the first one is that architecture is a civic art, an art that has the responsibility of creating and giving shape to collective space, spaces for shared experiences and knowledge. The second assumption relates to the modernity of the public spaces of the historic Italian city; a modernity conceived not as an abstract quality but as a spatial structure, with the intrinsic characteristics of a simultaneously open yet articulate fabric — both complex and varied, a space which is structurally and deeply democratic. (more…)