“Vittoriano Viganò. A come Architettura: una retrospettiva” at Politecnico di Milano

The School of Architecture, Urban Planning, Construction Engineering and the Design School of the Politecnico di Milano with the participation of the Vittoriano Viganò Milano Archive (AVVM), curated by the daughters Vanessa Viganò and Viviana Viganò, begins with this exhibition a series of events to pay homage to the work of an authentic master of 20th-century architecture and design, first student and then teacher of our University.


Vittoriano Viganò Istituto Marchiondi Spagliardi Milano, 1953-1958 © Daniele Zerbi


Vittoriano Viganò was born in Milan on December 14th 1919. This first appointment, curated by Giampiero Bosoni and Andrea Gritti, proposes the reorganization of “A as Architettura Vittoriano Viganò”, inaugurated in these same spaces, on 21 May 1991.


“Vittoriano Viganò. Acome Architettura: una retrospettiva”
15 November – 16 December, 2019
Galleria del Progetto, Politecnico di Milano
Via Ampère 2, Milano


On this occasion, the panels created for that famous exhibition by curators Sergio Crotti, Ernesto d’Alfonso and Fabrizio Zanni, assisted in archival research by the Viganò studio, for the Bob Noorda graphics, for the installation by Achille Castiglioni and Cino Zucchi, they are arranged in a new configuration which, interpreting the original one, also shows the space of the “Project Gallery”.


Vittoriano Viganò Istituto Marchiondi Spagliardi Milano, 1953-1958 © Daniele Zerbi

XII-Triennale, Vittoriano Viganò

The revisitation of the 1991 exhibition is completed by the presentation of original documents relating to 9 projects, both realized and not, which at the time were not selected, but which today seem to be of great interest to retrospectively evaluate the work of Viganò, from the beginning to the maturity: the Sports and Leisure Center of the Salsomaggiore Spa (1948-1949, with F. Clerici); the project for a building in Piazza Missori (1951); the Competition for the passenger building of the Milan Central Station (1953); the projects for the Miramare Cinema-Theater in Tripoli (1953-1954) and for a residential building in Marseille (1953-1956); the office and residential complex in via Amedei-via Fieno in Milan (1960-1961); the unfinished “Cà della Vigna”, in Redavalle-Broni (1962-1964); the projects for the environmental restructuring of the Faccanoni quarry in Opicinia in Trieste (1977-1978) and for the house “Le Terrazze” in Edolo (1978).

Vittoriano Viganò, Verticale

Three filmed documents complete the exhibition. The first, edited in 1991 by Viganò himself and Federico Brunetti, traces the original path of “A come architettura”; the second, edited in 1992 by Gabriella Belotti and Federico Brunetti, with the Viganò studio, investigates “The languages ​​of the project”; the third, edited by Emilio Faroldi, reproduces the intervention of Viganò at the international conference “Progettare Salsomaggiore”, in 1993.
In this first celebratory event, some specimens of the lighting fixtures, produced in the 1950s for Arteluce, are exhibited, which currently the company ASTEP is re-editing with the AVVM, to pay homage to the activity of Viganò designer. The exhibits are accompanied by unpublished and original images, stored at the AVVM.


Vittoriano Viganò Istituto Marchiondi Spagliardi Milano, 1953-1958 © Daniele Zerbi

“A come Architettura: a retrospettiva” will end on Monday 16 December 2019 in the Aula Magna of the Politecnico di Milano, where Professor Paolo Portoghesi will hold a Lectio Magistralis dedicated to the work of the Milanese master, of whom he was a friend and colleague.
In the course of 2020, further in-depth analysis and critical readings will complement an exhibition dedicated to the design work of Viganò in the field of interiors, design and fittings.


News source: Politecnico di Milano
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