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Open Air Rooms: The Architecture of the Mediterranean from Malaparte to the Contemporary World



Open Air Rooms: The Architecture of the Mediterranean from Malaparte to the Contemporary World

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Exhibition Opening and Presentation by the Artist:
Tuesday, November 21st at 6pm
Italian Cultural Institute
500 N Michigan Avenue, Suite 1450
The exhibition will be on view through January 8, 2018


On the occasion of the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial, September 16, 2017 through January 8, 2018, the Italian Cultural Institute and the Chicago Architecture Biennial are pleased to present, "Open Air Rooms: The Architecture of the Mediterranean from Malaparte to the Contemporary World," an exhibition by Cherubino Gambardella, which explores the Villa Malaparte, a house on Punta Massullo, on the eastern side of the Isle of Capri, one of the best examples of Italian modern and contemporary architecture.

Artist Statement
Casa Malaparte is the architectural portrait of an Italian intellectual. Casa Malaparte is famous in the world for its stern and unmistakable shape. The writer's home, unlike the villa La Rotonda by Andrea Palladio, did not have the opportunity to spread its echo throughout the world via the thousands of interpretations of the Palladian house.  From Thomas Jefferson to Inigo Jones, Palladio's architecture has been transformed and propagated throughout the world in thousands of unfaithful replicas. Unfair replicas have the secret of making architecture inexhaustible through so many faces.
With this exhibition, I tried to compensate the Capri house with its wonderful open-air room. I have reconsidered it in various forms and I am convinced that replica, imprecise translation, makes the memory of an object everlasting in the world. But it does not end there.  The facade, with its loggia, its one hundred thousand balconies, the wall thickness only partially covered, all of this conditioned me from Malaparte’s building. In various forms, Bernard Rudofsky, Gio Ponti, Le Corbusier, Luigi Moretti, Morris Lapidus interpreted walls, facades, windows and balconies. By altering their images, I thought of my architectures. Starting from Malaparte, other collages of my works and of some of the masters mentioned above will be the body of the exhibition.

This exhibition will be a story about images and captions that will be completely unpublished. A challenge to convey the sense of Mediterranean architecture. The alternation of covered and open spaces, of tunnels on the sea and dense horizons as mysteries.

Cherubino Gambardella is an architect and Professor in the Department of Architecture at the Second University in Naples. He is the author of ten books and many of his essays have been published in European books, catalogues and magazines. His work as an architect has been well received by intellectuals and architecture critics, such as Bruno Zevi, Stefano Ray, Franco Purini. His projects have been published in prestigious magazines, such as "Domus," “A+U architecture and urbanism,” “World Architecture,” “Detail,” “Area,” “Materia,” “Il progetto,” and “Il giornale dell’architettura.”
Free and open to the public. Reservations required.

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Data: Mar 21 Nov 2017

Orario: Dalle 18:00 alle 20:00

Organizzato da : Istituto Italiano di Cultura Chicago

Ingresso : Libero


Istituto Italiano di Cultura Chicago