On Thursday 8 June, the FAB Fiandre Architectural Bureau gallery in Castellarano reopens its doors to the public, hosting, until Friday, 7 July 2017, an exhibition that explores the more intimate and less well known side of Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza.
ALVARO SIZA. VIAGEM SEM PROGRAMA (“Journey without a Plan”), which was a collateral event at the thirteenth La Biennale di Venezia international architecture exhibition, makes its exclusive return to Italy in GranitiFiandre’s headquarters. A unique occasion to see drawings and portraits that explore the most private dimension to the existence of the renowned architect.
FAB FIANDRE ARCHITECTURAL BUREAU CASTELLARANO presents:
“ÁLVARO SIZA. VIAGEM SEM PROGRAMA”
VERNISSAGE: Thursday, 8 June 2017 - 6 p.m.
exhibition: 8 June 2017 – 7 July 2017 (by appointment)
via Guido Reni 2/R - 42014 Castellarano (RE)
After the significant renovation and extension activity previewed at Cersaie 2016, FAB Fiandre Architectural Bureau Castellarano, the showroom gallery of the Fiandre Architectural Surfaces brand, reopens to the public, its spaces hosting the “ALVARO SIZA. VIAGEM SEM PROGRAMA” (Journey without a Plan) exhibition.
With the organisational support of the Floornature editorial team and curation by Greta Ruffino and Raul Betti, the exhibition project dedicated to Álvaro Siza aims to explore the more intimate side of the Portuguese designer, a leading figure in the international design scene, relating the profession of architect with a highly personal vision of existence.
On the occasion of the vernissage, to be held on Thursday, 8 June at 6 p.m.in the presence of the curators, of Paolo Schianchi and Mara Corradi from the Floornature editorial team and of the company’s management, Fiandre will present all participants with a free limited-edition copy of the exhibition catalogue with exclusive ex libris stamp depicting one of the drawings exhibited.
The project, resulting from the many encounters the two curators had with Siza, expresses, through the display of 53 works, taken from his notebooks and personally selected by the author, not only the activity of the architect but above all that of the man.
In addition to highlighting his extraordinary eidetic memory, the exhibition is inspired by the drawings (predominantly portraits) produced in his youth, the many journeys abroad, the more recent dinners with friends and moments free “from the burden of work”, gradually crowding with memories, sensations, ironic notes and visions, all valid, since all related to life.
The works (letterpress printing authenticated by the author, no. 53 1/1 - which together constitute an unprecedented, unique work), presented both in chronological order and in a free flow, will be accompanied by writings, travel notes and photographic material.
One by one arrive vision and dreams of a life, memories and faces of unknown people and all the friends met in that extraordinary “journey without a plan” that is life.
“The exhibition, penetrating human nature and design culture,” say the two curators, “aims to stress the indissoluble connection between these two components, revealing through an emotional journey the most intimate and private aspect of Álvaro Siza, which is manifested in a profound and intense capacity to observe and then make a sign of the fragments of reality”.
The installation, which involves several settings in the gallery, receives visitors from their entry to FAB, tracing a path through large photos printed on adhesive film. The core of the exhibition then develops around a space with an industrial spirit, revamped for the occasion, in which Fiandre’s ceramic surfaces adorn certain fittings, providing precise stresses in the exhibition.
Three lines of elegant reading stands present the works exhibited together with a selection of evocative images hung on the walls that make the atmosphere even more intimate and welcoming. The exhibition also features a space dedicated to projecting the interview with Álvaro Siza filmed in Portugal, where he tells us about himself, explaining his intimate relationship with drawing, present from childhood. Finally, a glass case gathers together various objects linked to his work and to his daily life.
ALVARO SIZA. VIAGEM SEM PROGRAMA, will be open for groups organised by Associations of Architects subject to booking, with a guided visit in the presence of the curators and the Floornature editorial team.
Álvaro Siza Vieira was born at Matosinhos (Porto) in 1933. After attending the Porto School of Fine Arts (1949–1955), he enrolled in the Faculty of Architecture (ESBAP) in the same city, and after graduating in the 1960s he began to teach there.
In the late 1950s he opened a professional studio in Porto where he still carries out his activity today. His works have been exhibited throughout the world, including the Venice Biennale, the Milan Triennale, the Georges Pompidou Centre in Paris and the Helsinki Museum of Architecture. His work and projects have also been published in major international architectural magazines and his work has been the subject of many monographic studies.
He has produced many prestigious works, including:
He graduated in architecture at the IUAV in Venice and in 2004 founded the multidisciplinary Dumbo Design Studio, which deals with integrated communication, retail design, interior design, lighting and packaging design. Following on from the experience gained, he deals with design issues with particular attention to the intermingling of different disciplines, integrating the technical and the aesthetic, function and quality. Passionate about photography and graphics, he has dedicated himself over the years to organising and promoting cultural initiatives. From 2013, he has taught “Professional Ethics and Deontology” in the IUSVE Communication Sciences and Techniques Degree course for the Venice and Verona sites.
She graduated in Political Science at the University of Padua and lives and works between Venice and Milan.
She has always cultivated a passion for architecture, design and art. She has dealt with different issues linked to communication projects, editorial projects, press office, external relations, special events and conferences, engaging with both public and private realities, and personalities in the world of culture and companies. She has curated exhibitions, editorial projects and cultural events. Since 2011, she has taught the Packaging Design course at the IUSVE in the Venice and Verona sites and the Event Organisation and Press Office Master’s Course.
In 2012, Raul Betti e Greta Ruffino curated the exhibition dedicated to the Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza, entitled “Viagem Sem Programa”, a collateral event at the 13th Biennale di Architettura di Venezia.
In 2016 and 2017, as Local Studio, they followed the official participation of the Pavilion of Portugal, respectively at the 15th La Biennale di Venezia International Architecture Exhibition, entitled “Neighborhood. Where Álvaro meets Aldo”, dedicated to architect Álvaro Siza and curated by Roberto Cremascoli and Nuno Grande, and at the 57th La Biennale di Venezia International Art Exhibition, entitled “Medida Incerta / Uncertain Measure” dedicated to sculptor José Pedro Croft, curated by João Pinharanda.
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