The IUAV in Venice is holding an exhibition on the work of Italian architect Giancarlo De Carlo, focusing on his early critique to the Modern Movement as well as his personal approach to arcitecture design and architecture itself. “Giancarlo De Carlo, multiplying narration” is now reaching its end, as it will close its doors on July 17, after three weeks of display in the main gallery of Iuav’s headquarters.
Giancarlo de Carlo (1919-2005) spent his career working on the theme of ‘living’ – from private dwellings to shared residencies, extending across a recognizable linear progression of research which began with his professional debut, a set of projects carried out for the INA-Casa Plan in the 1950s.
This exhibition, staged with materials from the Archivio Progetti of University Iuav of Venice, illustrates the continuity with which De Carlo approached his work. The result of his indefatigable study is the development of an interconnected web of complex architectural thoughts, which are to be understood, not as finite and identifiable objects in a closed system, but rather as true similitudes of the historical city configuration, which defines itself by continuous additions.
Throughout the exhibited works, each volume acts as the center of individual, though still correlated, spheres of relations, developing in a holistic narrative that De Carlo chooses for infinite possibilities of expansion.
In De Carlo’s works, the principal he peruses does not reveal itself in the search of a single, harmonious figure, but is enhanced under the amalgamating effect of a force that is created in the spaces between the buildings, conceived unexpectedly like catalysts of social life. This results in a fantastic and multi-faceted vision of reality that the architect has chosen, all his life, to represent in his works without attenuating its inextricable complexity.
Comprising the architect’s work over the course of 20 years (1949-1969), the exhibition serves as a critique to the dogmatic principles of ‘the Modern’, which can be found in De Carlo’s production well before it became part of the international debate of culture.
The relations that the architect establishes transcend their Italian confines through meetings of Team X and various other initiatives beginning from the CIAM in Otterlo in 1959. They don’t inform De Carlo’s elaboration of a new project method, but rather they sharpen, if anything, the direction and amplify the scale.
Giancarlo De Carlo. Molteplicare la narrazione.
25 June / 17 July
Mon-Fri: 9:30 / 13:30
Thursdays 15:00 / 17:30
Cotonificio, sala espositiva
Images and information courtesy of IUAV