|Photo: Mr. Hiroyuki Hirai|
|Villa Bianca in Seveso 1936-37|
|Santeria kindergarten in Como 1936-37|
|Casa del Fascio in Como 1932-36|
|Casa del Fascio in Como 1932-36|
The first exhibition in Japan spotlighting the Italian architect, Giuseppe Terragni (1904-43). Some 170 original drawings and a dozen building models and paintings will be displayed, along with photographs of his buildings still standing in Milan and Lake Como. A special feature will be CG animations of eight important architectural plans of Terragni that never saw the light of day.
Italy during Terragni's lifetime was experiencing the peak of the Fascist movement, personified by Benito Mussolini. As a leading proponent of Modernism, he devoted his life as an architect giving expression to the new regime. Representative of his earlier works are the Casa del Fascio in Lake Como, the Santeria kindergarten, and communal residences. Works of his later years -- many of which were never realized -- have recently won renewed appreciation and acclaim in their own right as noteworthy from the perspective of architectural history, going beyond the narrow boundaries circumscribed by the relations between architecture and the state, the system, and patronage.
The current exhibition sheds light on the mystery and allure of Giuseppe Terragni's work, which foresaw much of modern architecture.
Symposium: "Architecture and Politics"
May 16 (Sat) 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Only 300 people will be admitted. Admission costs ¥500. Tickets are available at Entrance Hall counter on the day of the symposium. Panelists: Arata Isozaki, Akira Asada, Ken-ichi Nagata, Kazuya Fukuda
Gallery Talks: "Giuseppe Terragni and Me"
Contemporary Art Gallery and Workshop
Admission included in the entrance fee for the current exhibition.
April 25 (Sat): Osamu Ishiyama, professor at Waseda University
May 23 (Sat): Jun Tanaka, associate professor at Tokyo University graduate school
June 6( Sat): Ryoji Suzuki, architect
INAX series #15
"Giuseppe Terragni, Architecture Running Through Fascism" will be published by INAX Publishers on April 15, 1998 (planned) to commemorate the exhibition.
Arata Isozaki, Takashi Uzawa, Jun Tanaka, Hajime Yatsuka, Taro Igarashi and others.
TN Probe Salon
"Modernity as Post Avant-garde: On Giuseppe Terragni's Work"
Time: April 13 (Mon) 6:30-9:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:00 p.m.)
Venue: TN Probe
Koji Taki, Midori Wakakuwa, Takashi Uzawa, Noriaki Okabe
Information: TN Probe
Phone: (03) 3505-8800
Section 1: Two Beginnings
The first section compares Terragni's first architectural project, the Novocomum apartments of 1927-29, with his last work, the Giuliani Frigerio apartments of 1939-40 (both still extant in Como). It will two different formal approaches to the same issue of housing.
Section 2: Research into the Rationality of Forms
The next section shows the period between the late 1920s and early 1930s. Following the ideas of Gruppo 7, Terragni faced the issue of functional architecture in projects such as the Gasworks and Seaplane Hangar.
Section 3: Plans and Projects for a Modern Como
In the third section, the relationship between the architect and his town is examined through the analysis of the entries prepared for the competition for the development plan of Como, won by Terragni in collaboration with Bottoni and others in 1934. The plan was never realized.
Section 4: Manifestoes and Monuments of the Fascist Years
The section displays works from the building for the Mostra della Rivoluzione (1932) to the great competition entries for Rome such as Casa del Fascio (Como, Lissone), E42, Palazzo del Littorio, and Danteum.
Section 5: Painting
Some of Terragni's paintings are shown.
>Section 6: Memories
The section examines projects for tombs and monuments such as the Stecchini Tomb (1930) and the War Memorial in Erba (1926-1932), both of which highlight rigor and moderation.
Section 7: Formal Experiments
The section is divided into two parts.
The first is devoted to houses, especially private residences, and includes Casa del Fascio di Milano, Villa sul Lago (villa on the lake) (1936) and Villa Bianca (1936-37).
The second is devoted to his projects for public buildings, where his experiments on forms progressively freed themselves from any theoretical explanations. Formal completion was achieved in his project for a nursery school, built in the Sant'Elia district of Como, which epitomizes his unceasing research into form.
Section 8: Last Projects and the War
The exhibition ends with a section devoted to Terragni's last projects, prepared after 1939. Here we find sketches regarding commissioned work, which his draft into the military and the war afterwards did not allow him to complete.
The word "criterium" is the Latin version of the Greek word
which originally means a standard by which other things are judged. The
series aims to introduce and suggest new expressive possibilities.
Exhibitions are jointly organized by artists actively experimenting with
new expressions, together with the curator of the Contemporary Art Gallery.
Ongoing exhibitions are shown in Room 9 of the Contemporary Gallery, with one talk given by each featured artist during the period. Admission is included to the entrance fee for the current exhibition.