Rome: MAXXI presents ‘GIO PONTI, Loving Architecture’
‘GIO PONTI, Loving Architecture’- temporary exhibition at the MAXXI in Rome
Architect, designer, art director, writer, poet and critic, Gio Ponti traversed much of the 20th century, influencing the taste of his time, responding to its most significant demands and anticipating many of the themes of contemporary architecture.
40 years on from his passing, MAXXI, the National Museum of XXI Century Arts, is devoting a major retrospective to this exceptional figure. The exhibition examines and presents his multi-faceted career, starting with his architecture, a unique and original synthesis of tradition and modernity, history and progress, elite culture and quotidian existence.
The exhibition title, ‘GIO PONTI. Amare l’architettura’ (Loving architecture) echoes that of his best-known book, Amate l’architettura (In praise of architecture).
On display are archive materials, original models, photographs, books, magazines and design classics closely associated with his architectural projects and organized into eight sections evoking key concepts expressed by Ponti himself. The layout of the exhibition is immersive and spectacular, suggesting the master’s idea of space: fluid, dynamic and colorful.
GIO PONTI, Amare l’architettura is curated by Maristella Casciato e Fulvio Irace with Margherita Guccione, Salvatore Licitra, Francesca Zanella. In collaboration with CSAC – Centro studi e archivio della comunicazione dell’Università di Parma and Gio Ponti Archives.
“Love architecture, be it ancient or modern. Love it for its fantastic, adventurous and solemn creations; for its inventions; for the abstract, allusive and figurative forms that enchant our spirit and enrapture our thoughts. Love architecture, the stage and support of our lives”.
(Gio Ponti, Amate l’architettura, 1957).
GIO PONTI, Loving Architecture, MAXXI, Rome, installation views
Photos: courtesy of MAXXI – © Musacchio /Jannello /Pasqualini
GIO PONTI, Amare l’architettura (Loving Architecture)
Maxxi, Museo delle Arti del XXI secolo
via Guido Reni 4a – Roma
Until 13 April 2020
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