O. M. Ungers: Prime Case (First Houses) at Politecnico di Milano

The exhibition shows, through the original drawings from the UAA (Ungers Archiv für Architekturwissenschaft) in Cologne, three key works of the early production of Oswald Mathias Ungers (1926-2007).

 

BelvedereStrasse House © UAA

BelvedereStrasse House © UAA

 

These houses, from 1957-1962, show the development of a personal research which is clearly different to the positions attributed to the modern modern movement after the second world war. Architecture is understood as an autonomous art that, starting from a general concept, applying its own rules and defining specific terms, is able to formulate a complete interpretation of program and place.  Architectural form, as a dialectical whole made up of spatial composition and volumetric articulation, is located at the heart of design. (more…)

Italy’s conquest of freedom and democracy in the House of Memory by baukuh

The new building highlights the complementarity of material and immaterial archives: different styles of memory coincide in an object that is ready to establish a dialogue with different audiences without renouncing the possibility of providing a unified representation.

 

House of  Memory © Stefano Graziani

House of Memory © Stefano Graziani

 

The House of Memory is an archive as well as an exhibition and conference space in Milan. It is the headquarter of five cultural associations whose aim is to preserve the memory of the conquest of freedom and democracy in Italy: the National Association of Former Deportees (A.N.E.D.), the National Association of Italian Partisans (A.N.P.I.), the National Association of Terrorism’s Victims (A.I.VI.TER.), the Association Piazza Fontana 12 December 1969 and the National Institute of Studies on the Italian Resistance Movement (I.N.S.M.L.I.). The building was completed in 2015, on the base of the project awarded first prize in an invited architecture competition organized in 2011. The new building is part of the recently transformed Porta Nuova area and is one of the elements of a network of new public spaces and facilities including the Headquarters of the Lombardy Region, the Riccardo Catella Foundation, the Art Incubator and the (soon to be completed) Park of the “Library of Trees”. (more…)

“Scraps and sketches from all over the world”, drawings by Gaetano Pesce

The Galleria Antonia Jannone in Milano will be showing the drawings and sketches of Gaetano Pesce’s architectural designs for all over the world. Famous for his dreamy and colourful pieces of furniture, Pesce has a lesser-known career in a personal style of modernist architecture.

 

Gaetano Pesce. Frammenti e figure architettoniche ai quattro angoli del mondo © Galleria Antonia Jannone

Gaetano Pesce. Frammenti e figure architettoniche ai quattro angoli del mondo © Galleria Antonia Jannone

 

Gaetano Pesces colourful objects and furniture have made him famous all over the world. His drawings and sketches are no less – taking inspiration from Japan to Brazil, filled with bright colours and imagination, over 40 works on paper will be seen on show in the Galleria Jannone until the 23rd of May, 2015.

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New life for Ex-Ansaldo in OnsiteStudio’s project in Milan

Designed by the Italian team Onsite Studio, the project’s aim is to qualify the existing industrial-like spaces through the insertion of new elements that will provide not just technical services, but also a necessary contrast in materials, scale and spatial tension as a blank canvas for the activities proposed by the Comune di Milano.

 

Ex-Ansaldo entrance hall © OnsiteStudio

Ex-Ansaldo entrance hall © OnsiteStudio

 

Besides the events programmed for this years’ International Exhibition –inaugurated hardly a few days ago- Milano has still a lot to offer in the long-term, with the Comune di Milano advocating for the rehabilitation of unused or rejected urban areas in the form of cultural, multipurpose spaces for the promotion and dissemination of local arts.

 

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40th anniversary of the Galleria Jannone: “Una galleria lunga quarant’anni” drawings exhibition

An unparalleled collection of original designs (with supplementary information, drawings and texts) by some of the most famous international architects and designers who over the years have shown their work at Galleria Jannone.

 

Aldo Rossi Studio per il cimitero di Modena 1972 pennarello e tempera su carta © Galleria Jannone

Aldo Rossi Studio per il cimitero di Modena 1972 pennarello e tempera su carta © Galleria Jannone

 

Starting on April 14, for a month, the Ordine degli Architetti of Milan hosts the exhibition “Una galleria lunga quarant’anni”, a unique collection of original drawings by more than 30 internationally renowned architects and designers who exhibited their works at the Galleria Jannone in the last 40 years: from Mendini to Gregotti, from Sottsass to De Lucchi, from Gio Ponti to Botta, to Cibic, Muzio, Aldo Rossi, Álvaro Siza and many others.

The exhibition, curated by Franco Raggi, celebrates the anniversary of the Galleria, by gathering works of some of the most famous international architects and designers who over the years have shown their work at Galleria Jannone (they include Raimund Johann Abraham, Alessandro Mendini, Franco Purini, Massimo Scolari, Superstudio, Leon Krier, Ernesto La Padula, Roberto Gabetti & Aimaro Isola, Guglielmo Mozzoni, Guglielmo Ulrich, Massimo Josa Ghini, Aldo Cibic, Mario Botta, Andrea Branzi, Ugo La Pietra, Luca Pignatelli, Valentino Parmiani, Peter Eisenman, John Hejduk, James Stirling, O.M. Ungers and Franco Raggi). The authors that are part of this review, which is sponsored by the Ordine degli Architetti di Milano (Order of Architects of Milan), represent the most important figures from nearly 150 exhibits that took place between 1976 and the present.

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MUDEC Museum of Cultures in Milan by David Chipperfield Architects

A series of square bodies, entirely coated of zinc-titanium -as a sign of respect for the industrial context of Ansaldo- protect the organic shapes of the translucent core, a covered piazza that organizes the museum. A meeting place between cultures and communities.

 

MUDEC, Museum of Cultures, Milan © OscarDaRiz

MUDEC, Museum of Cultures, Milan © OscarDaRiz

 

The MUDEC started as an operation of archaeological recovery in one of the most lively districts of Milan, the Tortona area. The project for the Museum of Cultures has it origins in the 1990s when the Municipality of Milan acquired the former industrial area of Ansaldo to refurbish it for cultural activities. The disused factories, which are true monuments of industrial archaeology, have been transformed into workshops, studies and new creative spaces.

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Three “Mysterious Objects” by Gio Ponti, the new inhabitants of Milano Malpensa

Porta di Milano, a recently inaugurated art showroom in Malpensa Airport, displays three works by the Italian architect and designer until the 31st of March. Passengers will be able to visit these works in an unusual way -as part of a non-contemplative, travelling experience.

Gio Ponti, flooring design for the  Salzburger Nachrichten. © Gio Ponti Archives

Gio Ponti, flooring design for the Salzburger Nachrichten. © Gio Ponti Archives

 

“Porta di Milano”, in Malpensa Airport, Terminal 1, is hosting an exhibition on Gio Ponti until the 31st of March. Inaugurated last October, the exhibition shows three works by the renowned Italian architect and designer: the Espressioni installation for the Ideal Standard Showroom in Milan (1966), the Cathedral of Los Angeles (1967), and  the flooring design for the Salzburger Nachrichten in Salzburg (1976) – considered by some as the ideas that over time led to masterpieces such as the Cathedral of Taranto or the Museum in Denver.

 

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Giancarlo De Carlo’s unpublished sketches at Triennale di Milano

A sentimental exhibition of architecture and a small tribute to a lesser-known, more private side of Giancarlo De Carlo.

 

Giancarlo De Carlo’s controversial, critical and political approach to architecture is probably one the most international, famous and critically-acclaimed face of Italy’s twentieth-century architectural practice. However, there is another side to De Carlo’s practice: a lesser known, more private design process. Through different-scale drawings and sketches and multimedia installations, Triennale di Milano is offering a new view on the Italian architect’s relationship with landscape, territory, the city, private life and the public eye  -offering an interesting insight on De Carlo’s thoughts and actions.

 

Giancarlo De Carlo "Schizzi inediti" Ⓒ Triennale di Milano

Giancarlo De Carlo “Schizzi inediti” Ⓒ Triennale di Milano

 

Lasting from December 19 to January 11, 2015, the exhibition will be open to the public at the Triennale’s main building in Viale Alemagna  in Milan.

 

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