“Rationalism on Set” Glamour and Modernity in 1930s Italian Cinema

This exhibition explores a little-known period of Italian cinematic history, highlighting the strong Modernist influence apparent in the set designs created for a number of romantic comedies during the inter-war years.


"Rationalism on Set" © Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art

“Rationalism on Set” © Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art


A selection of vintage photographs will be complemented by film clips, sketches and contemporary periodicals sourced from the Cineteca Nazionale, Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia (Rome), the Cineteca di Bologna, the Museo Nazionale del Cinema (Turin) and the RIBA Collections. Rationalism on Set runs at London’s Estorick Collection from 18 April until 24 June 2018. (more…)

“The Architecture of the 1920s and 1930s in Meran” modernity and politics

The presented buildings document those two decades and show the variety of buildings that typify them. They range from mixed forms during the transition from Historicism to modernity, accessorized with local elements, to the puristic, unadorned buildings of Rationalism, down to the monumental, heavily decorated buildings of the Scuola Romana.


Trabrennplatz "The Architecture of the 1920s and 1930s in Merano" © Merano Arte

Trabrennplatz “The Architecture of the 1920s and 1930s in Merano” © Merano Arte


The exhibition gives an overall picture of the projects that were developed in Meran during the 1920s and 1930s. It focuses on the architectural trends of those decades and relates them to the urban planning. That way, the architectural quality of the buildings erected during the ventennio, normally suspected of being unwelcoming, are given appreciation. Up until World War I, the appearance of the spa town was characterized by the splendid buildings of Historicism and Art Nouveau, but following the change in the political situation, modernity – largely unknown up to that time – found its way even to South Tyrol. (more…)