At Fondazione Querini Stampalia, an exhibition on the more personal, less familiar side of the Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza, an outstanding figure on the international scene, who will receive the Leone d’Oro for the career of the 13th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennial. The show, organized by the cultural association MedicinaMentisin collaboration with Fondazione Querini Stampalia, comes from the many meetings the two curators Greta Ruffino and Raul Bettihave had with the architect in his studio in Oporto, to narrate – through 53 works from his notebooks, personally selected by Siza – not just his activity as an architect, but also other aspects of his life. The exhibition itinerary underlines his extraordinary photographic memory, starting with his drawings (including many portraits) made during his youth, with a section on the family, many trips abroad, and more recent scenes of dinners with friends or moments of leisure. Memories, sensations, ironic notes or visions, glimpses into the life of a great architect. www.viagemsemprograma.com.
This new exhibition at the space of Antonia Jannone updates the collaboration between Marco Zanuso Jr. and Gabriella Gabrini, an artist-artisan, student of De Poli “the enamel master” who worked for years with Gio Ponti on projects for furnishings, handles and decorative panels. The title is simple and ironic: bonsai refers to the small size of works “so reduced that we can no longer tell if they are tables or if they become something else, perhaps decorative object or small sculptures” (M. Zanuso Jr.). Combined in small groups, they become something else, an independent entity, like a deconstructed table with mobile tops that can be combined in different ways, at different heights. Catalogue with text by Alessandro Mendini. www.antoniajannone.it.
The exhibition held at the Milan Triennale and curated by Daniele Pisani, has the objective of showing the work of the Brazilian architect, one of the most important figures of contemporary architecture, winner of the Pritzker Prize for architecture in 2006. Drawings, sketches, projects and photographs, from the past and taken today for the show, are joined by a series of models, some produced with simple A4 pages or photocopies. www.triennale.it.
In the spaces of the Galleria Frascione Arte at Palazzo Ricasoli-Firidolfi, Via Maggio 5, visitors can enjoy the exhibition Fulvia Mendini:dipinti contemporanei in scena aperta, a project by Michele Bellamy Postiglione, produced again this year thanks to the collaboration between Roberta Lietti Arte Contemporaneaand Frascione Arte.
A new museum, a new international cultural pole, versatile and encyclopedic, multicolored and kaleidoscopic, ductile and eclectic, a ‘factory of knowledge’ to stage the ‘fundamental’ 100 years that have revolutionized the world, with the major social, economic, demographic, cultural and environmental transformations of the last century. A “non-museum museum” of the new generation, not of conservation but of narration, engaging and interactive, with a liquid heritage composed of images and films, high-tech installations in continuous evolution, establishing a relationship with every visitor, both virtual and physical, to make everyone the protagonist of an unforgettable experience. And, above all, an important project of urban regeneration. This year, with the start of construction, the Foundation in its headquarters at Palazzo su Rio Novo will present the definitive project for an area of over 9200 m2, in the heart of Mestre, a city considered a manifesto of the 1900s, the mainland portion of Venice, an exemplary case study due to its history linked to immigration and emigration, the pole of Marghera and one of the highest densities of business practice in Europe. At the heart of the architectural design, the comfort and ecosustainability of the buildings, earmarks of the work of the studio Sauerbruch Hutton. Thanks to these choices the M9 will be one of the first Italian museums to obtain LEED Gold certification. Fondazione di Venezia – Rio Novo 3488/U Dorsoduro – Venice