“The Territory of Architecture Gregotti and Associati 1953-2017” at Centro Cultural de Belem – Garagem Sul

On the occasion of its 25th anniversary, the Belém Cultural Centre presents a retrospective exhibition of the work of Vittorio Gregotti. The exhibition will present an explanatory narrative of his wide-ranging activities and those conducted by his studio, spanning more than six decades of projects both in Italy and abroad.

 

Grand Théâtre de Provence © Gregotti e Associati

Grand Théâtre de Provence © Gregotti e Associati

 

The title of the retrospective establishes an ideal continuity and a form of mirroring with the territorio dell’architettura (territory of architecture) – the programmatic title of his first book published in 1966 – a meeting place for contributions from other experiences and disciplines, in which the term territory conveys the meaning of the overall physical and conceptual material for architecture itself.


 

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“A complete project” Gregotti e Associati
November 13 2018 – January 27, 2019
Garagem Sul, Centro Cultural de Belem
Praça do Império 1449-003 Lisboa
Portugal

 


The development of this comprehensive project relating to Gregotti’s studio (documented in the exhibition through plans and original scale models, in addition to reproductions and photographs) starts with the latest works and moves backwards in time until reaching the ideal bond with those from the 1950s. New directions were later developed during the 1970s. These were followed by tenders and projects for European cities during the 1980s, including for housing projects. During the 1990s came many changes to the principles of urban design, with countless projects for European cities. Over the last decade, he has mostly dealt with the subject of urban refoundation in Africa and China in particular, with the construction of the new city near Shanghai, Pujiang.

 

Sezione introduttiva sul tema dell’ecologia del tempo libero per la XIII Triennale, Milano, 1964 Sala del Caleidoscopio

Sezione introduttiva sul tema dell’ecologia del tempo libero per la XIII Triennale, Milano, 1964 Sala del Caleidoscopio

"A complete project" Gregotti e Associati 1953-2017 exhibition view © PAC Milano

“A complete project” Gregotti e Associati 1953-2017 exhibition view © PAC Milano

 

From 1953 until today Vittorio Gregotti has shared his studio with different personalities including Lodovico Meneghetti and Giotto Stoppino, Pierluigi Cerri, Pierluigi Nicolin, Hiromichi Matsui, Bruno Viganò, Carlo Magnani, Augusto Cagnardi and Michele Reginaldi as well as external partners such as Manuel Salgado and Saad Benkirane, the Associates and a large group of collaborators. His activity represents a sort of unicum in European architecture, characterized by a methodological unity and an integral commitment in all the scales of the project: architecture, urban design, interiors and museum installations, furniture and industrial products, graphics and publishing. The title of the exhibition, taken from the title of a homonymous book, establishes an ideal continuity and a form of mirroring with the territory of architecture as a meeting surface between contributions from other experiences and disciplines.

 

"A complete project" Gregotti e Associati 1953-2017 exhibition view © PAC Milano

“A complete project” Gregotti e Associati 1953-2017 exhibition view © PAC Milano

"A complete project" Gregotti e Associati 1953-2017 exhibition view © PAC Milano

“A complete project” Gregotti e Associati 1953-2017 exhibition view © PAC Milano

 

With 60 drawings, 40 original models in scale and 700 between reproductions and photographs, the exhibition will guide the visitor inside the Territory of architecture designed by Gregotti: from the works of the ’50s, through the anthropogeographical projects of the’ 70s as the University of Florence and Calabria and those for the European cities of the 80s such as Berlin and the cultural center of Belém in Lisbon, up to the most recent projects in Africa and Pujiang in China.

 

"A complete project" Gregotti e Associati 1953-2017 © PAC Milano

“A complete project” Gregotti e Associati 1953-2017 © PAC Milano

 

A path of research, but also a form of resistance against the dissolution of architecture in communication, to bring the figure of the architect back into the depths of the great European culture. The exhibition catalog, published by Skira Editore, includes critical contributions by Rafael Moneo, Joseph Rykwert and Franco Purini.

 

"A complete project" Gregotti e Associati 1953-2017 exhibition view © PAC Milano

“A complete project” Gregotti e Associati 1953-2017 exhibition view © PAC Milano

"A complete project" Gregotti e Associati 1953-2017 exhibition view © PAC Milano

“A complete project” Gregotti e Associati 1953-2017 exhibition view © PAC Milano

"A complete project" Gregotti e Associati 1953-2017 exhibition view © PAC Milano

“A complete project” Gregotti e Associati 1953-2017 exhibition view © PAC Milano

 

The exhibition is organized with the support of TOD’S, sponsor of the exhibition activity of the PAC, with the contribution of Alcantara and Cairo Editore and with the support of Vulcano.


 

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