March - May 1998
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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

April 11 (Sat) to June 7 (Sun)
9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (no admission after 6:00 p.m.)
Closed on Mondays.
¥800 General admission
¥600 Advance-purchase tickets, groups (20 or more)
Free Students (9th grade and under), senior citizens (65 and older), and handicapped persons
HTP (High Teen Pass) ¥1,000

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.

Events Held in Connection with Giuseppe Terragni Exhibition

Symposium: "Architecture and Politics"
May 16 (Sat) 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
ACM Theatre
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"
2:00-3:30 p.m.
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

Information about the ATM Exhibition

Period: April 11 (Sat) to June 7 (Sun), 1998
Venue: Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito
Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (No admittance after 6:00 p.m.)
Organized by: Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito, Committee for Giuseppe Terragni Exhibition, Triennale di Milano
Cooperation from: The Centro Studi Giuseppe Terragni in Como, Regione Lombardia- Assessorato alla Cultura-Italy
Supported by: Ambasciata d' Italia, Instituto Italiano di Cultura, Architectural Institute of Japan
Grant from: The Japan Foundation
Cooperation from: Takeo Co., Ltd.; SOUM Corporation; It's Co., Ltd.; Nova Oshima Co., Ltd.; TCK Co., Ltd.; Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
Japanese Supervisor: Dr. Takashi Uzawa (Associate professor of art at Tsukuba University)

Projects Held in Connection with the Exhibition

1. Book
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.
Price: 3,500

2. Symposium
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

Exhibition Details
The exhibition includes eight sections, each of which centers on one issue addressed by Terragni during his brief 17-year professional career, which ran from 1926 to 1943. Through the displays in eight sections, the evolution of Terragni's architecture will be revealed.

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.

Biography of Giuseppe Terragni

Born in Meda near Milan on April 18

1925 (Age 21)
Planned Casa Saibene a Como, his first plan on record. Became acquainted with Pietro Lingeri through his first entry in the architecture project competition.

1926 (22)
Graduated in architecture from Milan Polytechnic. Set up Gruppo 7.

1927 (23)
Immediately after gaining a license as an architect, opened a studio with his brother Attilio, an engineer. His first job the remodeling of the facade of Metropole-Suisse in Como.

1928 (24)
Submitted plans for Steel Tube Factory and Gasworks to the First Exhibition of Rationalist Architecture, held in Rome.

1931 (27)
Showed several plans -- Novocomum, Vitrum (dressmaker's shop), Posta Hotel, interior of the Modern Ladies' Apparel Shop, and Hangar per Idrovolanti a Como -- at the Second Exhibition of Rationalist Architecture in Rome.

1932 (28)
Showed his work at the Mostra della Rivoluzione Fascista (Exhibition of the Fascist Revolution at the Rome Expo). The construction of Casa del Fascio in Como began.

1933 (29)
Realized an artist's villa on the lake in cooperation with the members of Gruppo di Como for the 5th Triennale di Milano. Opened a studio in Milan with Lingeri, and designed five apartment blocks. His entry, Como Milano 8, won the competition for the Como development project.

1934 (30)
Participated in the competition for the Palazzo del Littorio project.
(Decision was made in 1937.)

1936 (32)
Built Sant'Elia nursery school in Como.

1937 (33)
Presented his entry for the competition to design the Italian congress building at the E42 (Roma International Expo in 1942), held in Rome.

1938 (34)
Presented the plans for Danteum, Casa del Fascio in Lissone and Quartier e Satellite a Rebbio.

1939 (35)
Was drafted for military duty and stationed in Como starting September 5. Sent the detailed plan of Giuliani Frigerio apartment block, his last completed building, from the military camp in Verona.

1940 (36)
Ordered to fight in the Balkan War.

1941 (37)
Left for the Russian front on July 11 as artillery officer. While serving in the army, left studies of a cinema theater, an apartment block in staircase form, a multipurpose building in Cortesella, and the Casa del Fascio town office in Rome.

1943 (39)
Returned home by ambulance on January 20. Left studies for a cathedral and died at the home of his fiancee, Maria Casartelli, on July 19.


The word "criterium" is the Latin version of the Greek word "criterion," 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.

Criterium 35 Kisho Mukaiyama
April 11 (Sat) to June 7 (Sun)
Artist Talk: May 3 (Sun) 3:00 p.m.
mellow touch installation 1997

A pass for 15- to 19-year-olds, costing ¥1,000, allowing one year of free entrance to all Contemporary Art Gallery exhibitions. It can be purchased at the ticket counter in the Entrance Hall. Please show some identification verifying your age.

Every weekend at 2:00 p.m. and at 3:30 p.m., a gallery talk will be presented by a cafe168 talk member. Please meet at the gallery entrance before the stated times if you want to participate. No gallery talks will be given on days when an artist is scheduled to speak or when some exhibition-related event is planned.

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