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Arti&Architettura 1900-2000 proposes to gather and document the lines that were crossed by artists, directors, designers, writers, photographers in the area of architecture and by architects in the visual arts, disciplines united by the project of a complete aesthetic transformation of reality.

A utopian adventure, over a century long, that sees artists and architects engaged in designing buildings, spaces, volumes and ideal itineraries, based on colours and forms that do not come from functionality but from pure creativity, visual and plastic, typical of visual research, in a common hypothesis of working on a city and on life.

The exhibition will be divided into three parts: the first will be substantially dedicated to architects and artists of the historical Avant-garde from Futurism to Surrealism, up to the post-war period (1900-1950); while the second will take in, more specifically, the contemporary period, from the informal-spacial experience, through the Situationists, Brutalism, Pop Art, Minimalism and Post Modern, up to the present (1950-2000).

Both sections will be hosted in the exhibition spaces of the Palazzo Ducale from October 2 2004 to January 9 2005. The display designed by Gae Aulenti aims to recreate a fusion of languages; architectural models and drawings as well as paintings, sculptures, photographs and films will be on display. The third part of the exhibition will show the involvement of the city in its entirety, with the completion of ephemeral structures bearing the signatures of some of the most important artists and architects in the world, who will not respect their own disciplinary areas but who will attempt to cross over through the city in a multilinguistic and multicultural way, a real, true experimental laboratory seeking a global relation with the viewing public.

The guide-line of the project intends to bring together and compare architecture with all possible languages. An important theme, perfectly contemporary, considering the strongly spectacular nature that architecture has been experiencing in recent years.


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Arte & Architettura 1900-2000

mit Pierre Alechinsky, Asymptote Architecture , Coosje van Bruggen, Pedro Cabrita Reis, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Christo & Jeanne-Claude, Constant , Theo van Doesburg, Jean Dubuffet, Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset, Frank O. Gehry, Herzog & de Meuron, Hans Hollein, Thomas Kellner, André Kertész, Anselm Kiefer, Friedrich Kiesler, Rem Koolhaas, Luisa Lambri, Fritz Lang, Le Corbusier, Bart van der Leck, Kasimir Malewitsch, Gordon Matta-Clark, Alessandro Mendini, Mario Merz, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Piet Mondrian, Morphosis , Jean Nouvel, Claes Oldenburg, Renzo Piano, Enrico Prampolini, Miguel Rio Branco, Alexander Rodtschenko, Antonio Sant´Elia, Ridley Scott, Andreas Slominski, Ettore Sottsass, Wladimir Tatlin, Giuseppe Terragni, Zaha Hadid, ...