Savage Architecture & Freeport – the archive as urban catalyst at CIVA Stichting

CIVA Stichting presents this double exhibition reflecting on the idea of archives carried out by Love di Marco and introducing Davide Sacconi’s research on Gian-Piero Frasinelli’s work with Superstudio and 2A+P/A.

 

Gian Piero Frassinelli and 2A+P/A - Central Archive of Human Cultures, The Archive and the Offices, 2015 © Gian-Piero Frassinelli & 2A+P/A

Gian Piero Frassinelli and 2A+P/A – Central Archive of Human Cultures, The Archive and the Offices, 2015 © Gian-Piero Frassinelli & 2A+P/A

 

Architectural  proposals,  texts  and  visual  documents  shown  in  this double  exhibition  come  from various stories and temporalities. Savage Architecture unveils an approach that covers almost 50 years (1968-­‐2015) comprising prophetic texts and architectural projects while Freeport -­‐  The  archive as urban catalyst conveys the development of a reflection through the framework of the an academic  year. (more…)

“Savage Architecture. Gian Piero Frassinelli, Superstudio and 2A+P/A” at Politecnico di Milano

The exhibition is an opportunity to examine the important role that Frassinelli played within Superstudio, to discuss the trans-disciplinary influence that the Florentine collective has had in the last fifty years and speculate about its operative potential today.

 

Gian Piero Frassinelli and 2A+P/A - Central Archive of Human Cultures, Excursion in the Archive, 2015

Gian Piero Frassinelli and 2A+P/A – Central Archive of Human Cultures, Excursion in the Archive, 2015

 

The 8th of February 2017 the project Savage Architecture was presented in the Exhibition Space Guido Nardi of the Polytechnic of Milan. In the form of an exhibition and a book, curated by Davide Sacconi, the project portraits the research developed by Gian Piero Frassinelli – former member of Superstudio – and his recent collaboration with 2A+P/A which explore the intersection between architecture and anthropology. (more…)

“Superstudio Works 1966-1978” by Habitat publishers

This volume is the ‘culmination’ of Superstudio’s work. It brings together for the first time and in their entirety the works, texts and projects of the most famous group of “radical architects” according to Germano Celant’s canonical definition. For the first time and in their entirety the works, texts and projects of the most famous group of «radical architects»

Mobili della serie Misura, disegno a china e collage, 1969 © Toraldo di Francia

Mobili della serie Misura, disegno a china e collage, 1969 © Toraldo di Francia

 

After fifty years of alternating cycles of historiographical repression and subsequent revivals in national and international circuits, this book takes stock of this exceptional experience of collective architecture in the twentieth century. Today the drawings, models, famous photomontages, lamps, tables and other design objects created by Superstudio are on show in many museums world wide, amongst which, MoMA (New York), The Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), Frac (Orléans), the Pecci Centre for Contemporary Art (Prato), and the Maxxi (Rome). (more…)

“SUPERSTUDIO 50” at MAXXI Rome

A major retrospective on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the foundation of one of the most influential groups in radical Italian architecture: SUPERSTUDIO 50, an exhibition conceived by Natalini, Toraldo di Francia and Frassinelli themselves, together with the curator Gabriele Mastrigli.

 

Superstudio, Il Monumento Continuo, Grand Hotel Colosseo 1969, fotomontaggio © MAXXI

Superstudio, Il Monumento Continuo, Grand Hotel Colosseo 1969, fotomontaggio © MAXXI

 

Transverse, metaphysical, indefinable, ever-new, ever outré, Superstudio is one of the most influential groups in Italian radical architecture, founded in 1966 by Adolfo Natalini and Cristiano Toraldo di Francia, who were later joined by Gian Piero Frassinelli, the brothers Roberto and Alessandro Magris and Alessandro Poli. (more…)

“The City, Faraway” at Frac Centre

In April 2016, the Frac Centre-Val de Loire inaugurates its new artistic and cultural project with the exhibition “The City, Faraway”, an exhibition conceived like a narrative in four acts, in Orléans, Rouen, Montpellier and Marseille.

 

Stazione spaziale - Ritorni, 2010. Luca Galofaro © Frac Centre. La ville au loin

Stazione spaziale – Ritorni, 2010. Luca Galofaro © Frac Centre. La ville au loin

 

The exhibition proposes a plunge into the seething life of the city, trying to capture both the intimacy of a street corner and the vastness of cityscapes. Now that the Earth has become a set of urban localities, how are local systems installed, how do hopes about what is far away resist and persist? The path of this show is situated in the interstice.

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“This Was Tomorrow: Reinventing Architecture 1953-1978” at S AM Basel

The exhibition presents a series of twelve episodes – beginning in the 1950s – that look at the ferment of new ideas as architects began to reconceive space in response to the conditions of a newly affluent society and the emergence of the electronic age.

 

Michael Webb, Sin Centre, 1961. © The architect

Michael Webb, Sin Centre, 1961. © The architect

 

S AM Swiss Architecture Museum presents Spatial Positions 11 «This Was Tomorrow: Reinventing Architecture 1953-1978» an exhibition by the Drawing Matter collection about architectural imagination, and the power, processes and poetics of creation and invention. (more…)

SUPER SUPERSTUDIO: the group’s ultimate exhibition at PAC Milano

The exhibition will reconstruct Superstudio’s most important projects by bringing together their most representative pieces of design, installations and films, and by building a dialogue with 19 works by 19 contemporary artists, who have drawn the raw material for their oeuvre from the Florence group’s research.

 

Superstudio, Atti Fondamentali,Vita Superficie, 1971. MAXXI Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Roma. Collezioni MAXXI Architettura. © Fondo Superstudio

Superstudio, Atti Fondamentali,Vita Superficie, 1971. MAXXI Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Roma. Collezioni MAXXI Architettura. © Fondo Superstudio

 

The Milan PAC presents the oeuvre of Superstudio (1966-1978), the group of radical architects and radical designers from Florence, which not only influenced the way of thinking and designing of renowned architects such as Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaas and Bernard Tschumi, but also definitively questioned the boundary between art and architecture, and which is regarded as the last great Italian avant-garde. (more…)