“Mario Bellini. Il disegno del progetto” exhibition at Politecnico di Milano

The exhibition presents over two hundred sketches and drawings made by Mario Bellini and his studio in the last forty years, concerning some of the most significant projects developed in his long and prolific career.

 

Mario Bellini. Louvre competition © Mario Bellini

Mario Bellini. Louvre competition © Mario Bellini

 

It is to be considered an introductory review ranging from design to architecture, with some fantastic digressions; four architectural projects in chronological order; nine furniture design projects.Looking at the sequences of drawings, witnesses of the different design paths undergone by Bellini, it is clear that the drawing is the place where the project takes shape. Drawing becomes an instrument of research, of thought, of examination of reality; an effective means of communication to visualize, verify and share an idea; a powerful memory aid, which refers to the personal repository of images and references, stratified over time, which the architect can use – even unconsciously – whenever he undertakes a new interpretative or design adventure. (more…)

“The last days in Galliate” Leonor Antunes at Pirelli HangarBicocca

Through her sculptures Leonor Antunes (Lisbon, 1972) reinterprets the history of art, design, and architecture of the twentieth century, and in particular the Modernist tradition, in its most radical and experimental instances. Thanks to a meticulous research into several projects and works, Antunes, after selecting specific details and fragments, transforms them into new forms and elegant artworks.

 

“The last days in Galliate” Leonor Antunes exhbition view ©  Pirelli HangarBicocca

“The last days in Galliate” Leonor Antunes exhbition view © Pirelli HangarBicocca

 

For her sculptures Antunes prefers to use natural and organic materials on which the traces of time passing remain visible—rope, wood, leather, brass, rubber, and cork, among others—employing artisanal and vernacular techniques in clear opposition to mass production, in an ongoing attempt to preserve and hand down knowledge and traditional skills. (more…)

El Equipo Mazzanti in Alghero “We play, you play”

The exhibition “We Play, You Play” is imagined as a Role-Playing in which the visitor engages in different activities and events and becomes an active player rather than a just an observer. The randomness of the game itself allows to break the routine to experience an alternative reality where rules and procedures generate new behaviors.

 

"We play, you play. El Equipo Mazzanti" © Equipo Mazzanti

“We play, you play. El Equipo Mazzanti” © Equipo Mazzanti

 

We wanted to create an exhibition made out of the actions produced by the user rather than a display of architectural images meant to be observed. The goal is to allow the visitor to become a member of the El Equipo Mazzanti as he/she adopts the role of the architect by working with his/her own hands. By playing with a set of pieces and rearranging in different manners the office’s built projects, the visitor is capable to understand the rules and protocols that organize our architecture which is often planned as an open system composed by pieces and modules.

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“Machines à penser” at Fondazione Prada Venice

Fondazione Prada presents the exhibition “Machines à penser”, curated by Dieter Roelstraete, exploring the correlation between conditions of exile, escape and retreat and physical or mental places which favor reflection, thought and intellectual production.

 

"Machines à penser" exhibition view at Fondazione Prada Venice © Mattia Balsamini

“Machines à penser” exhibition view at Fondazione Prada Venice © Mattia Balsamini

 

“Machines à penser” focuses on three major philosophers of the 20th century: Theodor W. Adorno (1903-1969), Martin Heidegger (1889-1976) and Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951). The latter two shared a life-long need for intellectual isolation: Heidegger spent long periods of his life in a secluded hut in the village of Todtnauberg in the Black Forest in Germany, whilst Wittgenstein retreated on several occasions to a small mountain cabin situated in a fjord in Skjolden, Norway. Adorno, on the other hand, was forced into exile from his native Germany during by the Nazi regime, first to Oxford and then to Los Angeles, where he wrote Minima Moralia, a collection of aphorisms that also reflects on the fate of forced emigration. These reflections inspired the installation conceived by the Scottish artist and poet Ian Hamilton Finlay in 1987 titled Adorno’s Hut, a centerpiece of the exhibition alongside architectural reconstructions of the actual huts of Heidegger and Wittgenstein. (more…)

“The M.V.M. Cappellin Glassworks and the Young Carlo Scarpa 1925-1931” at Le Stanze del Vetro

The autumn exhibition at LE STANZE DEL VETRO will highlight the importance of the M.V.M. Cappellin glassworks between the 1920s and 1930s, thanks also to the contribution made by the young Venetian architect Carlo Scarpa.

 

Vaso in pasta vitrea rossa e coppa in pasta vitrea gialla e rossa, 1930 ca. Ph. Enrico Fiorese

Vaso in pasta vitrea rossa e coppa in pasta vitrea gialla e rossa, 1930 ca. Ph. Enrico Fiorese

 

‘The M.V.M. Cappellin Glassworks and the Young Carlo Scarpa 1925-1931′, curated by Marino Barovier and dedicated to the glassworks run by Giacomo Cappellin between 1921 and 1931, is the next autumn exhibition at LE STANZE DEL VETRO, open to the public on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore from 10 September 2018 to 6 January 2019. (more…)

“Invernaderos” Gaia Cambiaggi photography at Studio Gibel Palermo

The exhibition Invernaderos, curated by Emilia Giorgi, presents one of the most successful photographic research by Gaia Cambiaggi (Genoa, 1977), which investigates the transformations of the agro-food production system in the world, with particular attention to greenhouse agriculture.

 

"Invernaderos" © Gaia Cambiaggi

“Invernaderos” © Gaia Cambiaggi

 

The project, which will be presented for the first time in a dedicated monographic exhibition in the spaces of Studio Gibel in Palermo, will start in 2013 to intercept geopolitical issues related to the territory, the community economy and the flow of workers involved. (more…)

“Manifesta 12 Education Hub” ENORME Studio within Manifesta 12 Palermo

Education Hub is a project of Manifesta 12 Education Department made in collaboration with the University and Academy of Fine Arts of Palermo and the transport company AMAT. Education Hub is generously supported by DGAAP, the Contemporary Art and Architecture Department of the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Tourism.

 

"Manifesta 12 Education Hub" © ENORME Studio

“Manifesta 12 Education Hub” © ENORME Studio

 

The Hub is a travelling education platform to reach out to and engage with various communities in the neighbourhoods of Palermo throughout the duration of Manifesta 12. The project is set up in a city bus, radically transformed by the students of the University of Palermo (Industrial Design course led by prof. Viviana Trapani) and Academy of Fine Arts (Graphic Design course led by prof. Cinzia Ferrara) under the guidance of Madrid-based architectural bureau ENORME Studio. (more…)

“Paradigma” Gianluca Peluffo & Partners at the Museo Novecento

Three projects by GianlucaPeluffo&Partners on which the studio is working in Egypt are presented in the exhibition within the second round of “Paradigma. The drawing-board of the architect” at the Museo Novecento, a project made by Sergio Risaliti and curated by Laura Andreini.

 

Mosque © Gianluca Peluffo & Partners

Mosque © Gianluca Peluffo & Partners

 

The material exposed at the Museo Novecento concerns the foundation of a city – “Il Monte Galala” in Sokhna at the Red Sea and of a new Mosque, both are commissions of the Egyptian society Tatweer Misr. The project of Il Monte Galala has won in 2016 the Dubai Cityscape Award for the best Masterplan in the Middle East region. The second project is characterized by a role for which the architectural language is decisive and that immediately defines the relationship with the location in genealogical terms as wells as regarding a possible future. The third project finally looks at the El Alamein War Museum located at the Mediterranean cost, commissioned by the Ministry of Housing and New Urban Communities of Egypt. (more…)

“Arcipelago Italia” Italian pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale

Five ambitious visions rooted in their specific places and able to reactivate diverse communities: / the result of many-voiced, multidisciplinary and inclusive design process, coordinated by Cucinella and his staff, led by six emerging architecturalfirms in collaboration with local universities and numerous excellent professionals in well versed in the local contexts, expert consultants in architecture, community engagement, culture, art, health, mobility, landscape, earthquake and training.

 

 “Arcipelago Italia" Italian Pavilion exhibition view © Urban Reports

“Arcipelago Italia” Italian Pavilion exhibition view © Urban Reports

 

“Arcipelago Italia is a manifesto that points to / possible ways forward for the revival of the interior territories, to restore value and importance to architecture and because the work of the architect must reclaim a role of social responsibility,” says Mario Cucinella, curator of the Italian Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia. In introducing Arcipelago Italia, he presents five project proposals that show how architecture can offer an opportunity for rebirth for Italy, becoming a tool for discussion and also an aid to community and local administrators. (more…)

“Between landscapes and history” Wright and organic architecture at IUAV, two exhibitions at the Tolentini

The exhibition aims to illustrate the reception that Frank Lloyd Wright’s lesson and the “organicist” conception had within the IUAV from the post-World War II period.

 

La Dome House di Paolo Soleri a Cave Creek in Arizona, foto di Bruno Morassutti,1949 Archivio Eredi Morassutti

La Dome House di Paolo Soleri a Cave Creek in Arizona, foto di Bruno Morassutti,1949 Archivio Eredi Morassutti

 

Some concomitant facts contributed decisively to the development of an original and multifaceted tendency: the presence in the School directed by Giuseppe Samonà of a historian such as Bruno Zevi – of which the centenary of his birth occurs -, the arrival in Venice of Wright and the task attributed to him to design the Angelo Masieri Memorial on the waters of the Grand Canal, the role of “mediator” of the American master’s thought played by Carlo Scarpa, a brilliant, influential and already established architect. (more…)