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.
“The Architecture of the 1920s and 1930s in Meran”
October 4, 2015 – January 10, 2016
im Haus der Sparkasse
Curators: Magdalene Schmidt and Walter Gadner
In an intensive cooperation with the municipal archives of Merano, it was possible to sift the projects and put them in the context of the architectural styles of that period. 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.
Merano arte in the Sparkasse building is a non-profit art association, located in a listed building with a loggia which belongs to Südtiroler Sparkasse AG. The building was refurbished and transformed into a gallery of contemporary art in 2000/2001 by the Merano architects Höller & Klotzner. Merano arte has 500 m² of exhibition space, a studio apartment on the fourth floor, a cafeteria and a gallery shop on the ground floor, as well as an event hall that seats roughly 70 persons.
Merano arte is an international hub of contemporary forms of expression and is intended as a platform for fine arts, photography, architecture, new music, literature, new media, and communication technology.The high quality events shall make art accessible to a broad public and promote local artists in an international context. Another objective is cross-border cooperation with similar institutions at home and abroad. We also consider it our responsibility to make young people aware of art.
News source: Merano Arte