An exhibition titled “Arti and Architettura:1900-2000” has been organised at the Palazzo Ducale in Genoa untilJanuary 9th 2005.
The exhibition gathers together and documentsthe approaches made by artists into the field of architecture – artistswho have imagined and often executed houses, skyscrapers, urban complexesand airports, or who have produced paintings and sculptures directly orindirectly related to architecture – as well as those of architects whohave thought in sculptural terms, meaning those who have designed and createdbuildings with a high expressive and plastic value, and are committed toproducing works with a strong visual component, even trespassing into photographicand pictorial exploration.
A utopian adventure, encroaching sometimesinto “archisculpture”, whose protagonists – artists and architectsfrom Kazimir Malevich to Vladmir Tatlin, from Antonio Sant'Elia to GiuseppeTerragni, from Ludwig Mies van der Rohe to Piet Mondrian, from Le Corbusierto Frederick Kiesler, from Constant to JeanDubuffet, from Frank Gehry to Claes Oldenburg-Coosje van Bruggen –are committed to designing ideal spaces, volumes and pathways, based onforms and colours which come not from functionality but from pure creativity,visual and plastic, typical of visual exploration, acting on the basisof common assumptions about their impact on the city and on life.
The exhibition is organised in three parts:the first dedicated to the architects and artists of the historic avant-gardes,up to and including the Sixties (1900-1970: Abbot, Adams, Albers,Alechinsky, Altman, Antonioni, Archigram, Archizoom, L. Baldessari, A.G.Bragaglia, Branzi, Brassai,A. Burri, Cartier-Bresson, Chaplin, Chashnik, César, Chernikov,Chiattone, Christo, Clair, Constant, Crali, Dassin, Delaunay, Depero, DeSica, Domela,Dubuffet, Evans, Feininger,Finsterlin, Flavin, Fontana,Friedman, Godard, Gonãarova, Gorin, Griffith, Gropius, Henri, Hitchcock,Hollein, Hundertwasser, Isozaki, Itten, Kandinsky, Keaton, Kertesz, Klee,Klein,Klucis, Lang, Larionov,Le Corbusier, Léger, Leonidov, LeWitt, Libera, Licini, Lingeri,Lissitskij, Lo Savio, Maleviã, Mansurov, Manzoni,Marchi, Melnikov, Mendelsohn, Miller, Moholy-Nagy,Mollino, Molnàr, Morris, Murnau, Oud, Ozenfant, Pannaggi, Pasolini,A. Pomodoro, Prampolini, Radice, Resnais, Rietveld, Rodchenko,Rosi, Saint Phalle, Sant'Elia, Scharoun, Schlemmer, Siegel, Smithson, Sokolov,Somaini, Steichen, Strand, Suetin, Superstudio, Tanguy, Tati, Tatlin,Täuber-Arp, Taut, Terragni, Tinguely,Tobey, Van der Leck, Van Doesburg, Vedova, Vertov, Vesnin, Vidor, Welles,Weston, Wiene and Wright.
The second, which embraces/focused on thecontemporary period in more itemised fashion (1970-2000: Abraham, Allen,Acconci, Ambasz, Amelio, Ando, Armajani, Asymptote, Aulenti, Aziz+Cucher,Basilico, Becher, Bellini, Bolande, Botta, Bourgeois, Cantafora, Casebere,Cook, Dean, Dennis, Diller & Scofidio, Durant, Eggleston, Eisenman,Ehrlich, Elmgreen & Dragset, Erwitt, Ferreri, Friedlander, Fuksas,Gehry, Ghirri, Gilliam, Graham, Greenaway, Hadid, Hartmann, Herzog &de Meuron, Coop Himmelb(l)au, Hirshhorn, Holl, Isozaki, Jodice, Hejduk,Hollein, Kabakov,Kapoor, Kellner, Koolhaas, Langlands & Bell, Lee, Lynn, Maki, Meier,Mendini, Misrach, Morphosis, Nouvel, Oldenburg-van Bruggen, Opie, Oppenheim,Peichl, Peress, Pesce, Piano, Proyas, Purini, Rai, Rio Branco, Sarfati,Schütte, Scolari, Scott, Shore, SITE, Siza, Slominski, Soleri, Sottsass,Sugimoto, Toderi, Ungers, Watanabe or Wenders.
The third, directed at constructing, inGenoa's squares and streets, and in the atriums and courtyards of historicpalaces, ephemeral structures bearing the signatures of some of the majorartists and architects of the world, from Gaetano Pesce to Renzo Piano,from Aldo Rossi to Maria Nordman, from AnselmKiefer to Dennis Oppenheim.To exemplify the interaction between thevarious forms of expression so typical, firstly, of the modern utopia and,secondly, of the contemporary languages of the last three decades, thefirst two sections of the exhibition will have within them features devotedto various kinds of artistic expression, such as, for example, photography,literature and the cinema, in each case in relation to the subject of architecture.The route through the exhibition, a sort of jam session of the arts – painting,sculpture, film, photography, books – and architecture, will be the resultof collaboration between the director and Gae Aulenti, who together createdthe exhibition devoted to Italian art which the Guggenheim Museum of NewYork staged in 1994 ("The Italian metamorphosis, 1943-1968"), makinguse also of the talents of Pierluigi Cerri for the graphic design. - Thecity of Genoa as a whole will also be involved in the exhibition, not onlythrough installations created by contemporary artists and architects, butalso through the use of billboards, 6 metres by 3 metres in size, whichare normally employed for advertising purposes.