“Lazzarini Pickering / Mobile Mobile” at Magazzino

For its creators, Mobile/Mobile was begat by design; it rigorously obeys the laws that classify it within the category of useful and utilizable objects. It was conceived, designed and built around two requisites: function and functionality. We should not, however, let this lead us into our habitual relationship with objects, in which they are seen as blunt and passive – here, function is not unitary, it doubles and multiplies.

 

Lazzarini Pickering, Mobile Mobile, 2018, Polished steel, lacquer panel, mirror glass © Magazzino

Lazzarini Pickering, Mobile Mobile, 2018, Polished steel, lacquer panel, mirror glass © Magazzino

 

It begins an almost Dadaist conversation with Carl Pickering and Claudio Lazzarini, architects rather than artists (accuracy obliges), about this mobile/mobile with its severe lines and kaleidoscopic surfaces… A work that seems to have been generated by the explosion of an abstract and geometric painting, in the Bordeaux red of these rooms, resembling at times a veritable installation that toys with our perception by breaking up lines and multiplying reflections. Following in its parents’ artistic footsteps, one might say… even if the “a” word is best avoided. (more…)

“Franco Grignani: Subperception” at A.M. Art Gallery Milano

From 10 February to 24 March 2018, the Galleria 10 A.M. Art in Milan will be paying a tribute, on the 110th anniversary of his birth, to Franco Grignani (1908-1999), one of the most innovative artists of the twentieth century.

 

"Franco Grignani: Subperception" at A.M. Art Gallery Milano © Franco Grignani

“Franco Grignani: Subperception” at A.M. Art Gallery Milano © Franco Grignani

 

In the context of a constant work of the rediscovery and presentation of Franco Grignani’s work, a multifaceted figure who acted on the subtle boundary between art, design, and graphics, and who was honoured last summer with an important anthological show at the Estorick Collection in London, the Galleria 10 A.M. Art is now concentrating on the use of photography that this great Lombard artist and producer of graphics constantly undertook throughout his whole career, but with particular zeal in the 1950s. (more…)

“Sotto il cielo di cristallo” the story of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, 150 years after its inauguration

This exhibition aims to briefly review the administrative, architectural, technical and urban history of the Gallery through a selection of the numerous documentary materials belonging to the Civic Collections: drawings, letters, legal documents, printed matters and manuscripts, photographs and paintings, objects and relics of various kinds, which allow us to present a significant cross-section of Italy’s most famous gallery.

 

"Sotto il cielo di cristallo" © Comune di Milano, Archivio Storico Civico e Biblioteca Trivulziana

“Sotto il cielo di cristallo” © Comune di Milano, Archivio Storico Civico e Biblioteca Trivulziana

 

«Magnificent hall», «splendid and opulent place», «enchanted atrium» – thus wrote journalists in Milan of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, which opened to the public on 15th September 1867. Its architecture caught the imagination of writers and journalists and inspired the satisfaction of the city fathers, the admiration of citizens and, inevitably, some criticism. It had taken only two and a half years to build this creation that had required unheard-of financial, technical and artistic resources, had completely redefined the city centre, and had projected Milan towards an international horizon of modernity. (more…)

“Sections. Italian Architecture for The Divine Comedy” at SpazioFMG

SpazioFMG per l’Architettura, the FMG Fabbrica Marmi e Graniti and Iris Ceramica brands’ exhibition gallery, is opening an exhibition entitled “Sezioni. L’Architettura italiana per la Divina Commedia” in which 70 Italian architects of different generations are invited to interpret the symbolic and narrative world of Dante.

 

"Sections. Italian Architecture for The Divine Comedy"  ©   SpazioFMG per l’Architettura

“Sections. Italian Architecture for The Divine Comedy” © SpazioFMG per l’Architettura

 

The exhibition, curated by Luca Molinari with the assistance of Chiara Ingrosso, opens on Thursday, 14 December, confirming the Milanese gallery’s willingness to go beyond the field of design and approach various different areas of human endeavour related to architecture. The Milanese gallery opened the group exhibition “Sezioni. L’Architettura italiana per la Divina Commedia” (“Sections: Italian architecture for the Divine Comedy”), in which 70 contemporary Italian architects of different generations are asked to offer their visual interpretation of Dante’s literary imagination as expressed in his “sections”: Hell, Purgatory and Paradise. (more…)

“Il Bel Paese. A Project for 22,621 Historic Centres” at La Triennale di Milano

The exhibition, curated by Benno Albrecht e Anna Magrin, shows various interpretations of the theme in Leonardo Benevolo’s original drawings, videos, maps, and infographics.

 

"Il Bel Paese. Un progetto per 22.621 centri storici" exhibition view © Triennale della Mostra, 2017

“Il Bel Paese. Un progetto per 22.621 centri storici” exhibition view © Triennale della Mostra, 2017

 

The preservation of historic centres has been the subject of intense discussion in Italy, involving theorists, technicians, and representatives of civil society. The debate has given rise to an unprecedented urban project, which has acknowledged the need for cultural, territorial and social harmony in order to ensure preservation. (more…)

‘Piranesi. La fabbrica dell’utopia’ at Palazzo Braschi in Rome

With more than 200 graphic works, kindly loaned by the Giorgio Cini Foundation and the collections of the Museo di Roma in Palazzo Braschi, the exhibition shows the most significant works of the Venetian artist, an extraordinary inkjet maker and central figure for the figurative culture of the 18th century Europe. 

 

Giovanni Battista Piranesi. Mausoleo di Cecilia Metella, 1762 © Museo di Roma

Giovanni Battista Piranesi. Mausoleo di Cecilia Metella, 1762 © Museo di Roma

 

Piranesi was a great engraver and architect devoted to the rediscovery of archeology who applied his Venetian artistic education to an immediate passion for the grandiose ruins of Rome, where he moved in 1740.

His vast watercolor production, featuring spectacularly exaggerated prospective visions and violent luminous effects, made him one of the most successful artists in a rapidly expanding artistic market such as the Roman was in the culminating period of the Grand Tours.

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Learn all about BigMat’17 shortlisted projects for this year’s Architecture Award

Out of a total of almost nine hundred projects presented across the seven European countries taking part in the Award, 87 were shortlisted to participate in the online voting for the Public Prize. Learn more about the selected projects below!

 

BigMat International Architecture Award 2017 meeting room © photo: Pablo Tribello

BigMat International Architecture Award 2017 meeting room © photo: Pablo Tribello

 

Out of a total of almost nine hundred projects presented across the seven European countries taking part in the Award (Belgium, Spain, France, Italy, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Portugal), the panel of judges chaired by Jesús Aparicio and comprising Xaveer de Geyter (Belgium), Henrieta Moravčíková (Czech Republic + Slovakia), Marc Barani (France), Francesco Isidori (Italy), Paulo David (Portugal + Spain), and awards secretary Jesús Donaire, singled out 87  projects to be shortlisted.  (more…)

‘Ettore Sottsas – Rebel and Poet’ items from the Vitra Design Museum’s collection

A leading figure of the Memphis design collective in the 1980s, the Italian designer was responsible for the designs for the office equipment manufacturer Olivetti and known for his poetic, minimalist sculptural objects – which are now featured in a brand new exhibition at Vitra’s Schaudepot.

Valentine, Typewriter Ettore Sottsass and Perry A. King, 1969 Manufacturer: Olivetti Photo: Alberto Fioravanti Courtesy: Studio Ettore Sottsass

Valentine, Typewriter. Ettore Sottsass and Perry A. King, 1969 Manufacturer: Olivetti. Photo: Alberto Fioravanti. Courtesy: Studio Ettore Sottsass

 

This year he would have celebrated his 100th birthday: the Austro-Italian designer Ettore Sottsass (1917–2007), one of the most influential and unconventional figures in twentieth-century design. He gained renown with his designs for the office equipment manufacturer Olivetti, for his poetic, minimalist sculptural objects, and as the leading figure of the Memphis design collective in the 1980s.  (more…)

“Yona Friedman. Mobile Architecture, People’s Architecture” at MAXXI Rome

The MAXXI dedicates the YONA FRIEDMAN. Mobile Architecture, People’s Architecture exhibition, curated by Gong Yan and Elena Motisi, which shall take place from 23rd June to 29th October 2017 to Yona Friedman (Budapest 1923), a legendary architect, an exuberant, creative artist transcending disciplines, whose thinking is extraordinarily relevant.

 

MAXXI Spatial, 2017  Fotomontaggio su vista del MAXXI / Photomontages on MAXXI views Courtesy:  Yona Friedman photocredit © Francesco Radino-courtesy Fondazione MAXXI

MAXXI Spatial, 2017, Fotomontaggio su vista del MAXXI / Photomontages on MAXXI views, Courtesy: Yona Friedman, photocredit © Francesco Radino-courtesy Fondazione MAXXI

 

This exhibition, which was organised by Power Station of Art, Shanghai – where it was presented in 2015 – is now hosted by the MAXXI with a new outfitting, conceived together with the architect. Friedman – who built an apparently floating modular structure in 2016 for the Serpentine Gallery of London – believes that anyone can use simple, flexible mobile structures to design and build their own architecture, such as houses and the “spatial cities” that fluctuate over real cities.  (more…)

“Zaha Hadid in Italy” at MAXXI Rome

Considered to be one of the most influential and visionary architects of our time, Zaha Hadid redefined the architecture of the 21st century and captured the imagination of the entire world. A year after her sudden death, MAXXI is hosting “Zaha Hadid in Italy”, an exhibition curated by the director of MAXXI Architettura Margherita Guccione and Woody Yao, associate director at Zaha Hadid Design.

 

Messner Mountain Museum Corones (Kronplatz, Sud Tirolo, Italy) 2012 / 2015 Foto Inexhibit, courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects

Messner Mountain Museum Corones (Kronplatz, Sud Tirolo, Italy) 2012 / 2015 Foto Inexhibit, courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects

 

Zaha Hadid in Italy, organized in collaboration with Zaha Hadid Design, Zaha Hadid Architects and the Zaha Hadid Foundation, intends to highlight the architect’s intensive and enduring relationship with the country. Giovanna Melandri, President of Fondazione MAXXI says: “This exhibition devoted to Zaha Hadid, a creative and innovative woman of great strength and courage, is a tribute to her work and her style, an exploration of the mark she has left in Italy. It is also the most authentic way that MAXXI, “her” creature, could choose to commemorate an extraordinary friend and woman, an eclectic genius who we miss greatly and with whom we subtly converse every day, together with our artists, curators and visitors.”

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