14 April – 10 July 2011
curated by Esmeralda Valente
Study Room – Gallery 1
In occasion of the most recent acquisition by MAXXI Architettura, the Museum is pleased to present, for the first time to the general public and inside the Centro Archivi’s Sala Studio, the twenty works by Superstudio that have become part of the Museum’s 20th century collection.
Since its foundation in the 1960s, Superstudio’s research in the field of the European avant-garde was the object of international recognition, culminating in the exhibition “Italy: the New Domestic Landscape” at the MoMA in New York in 1972. Superstudio conceived and constructed design objects and architectural projects for dwellings, industrial buildings, banks and shops, participating in architectural competitions and publishing articles in Italian and foreign architectural and design magazines.
The exhibition presents collages, lithographs and signed drawings. The exhibition proposes the work of Superstudio by presenting a wide range of material, beginning with the graduate thesis of Cristiano Toraldo di Francia (Tropea: Bathing Facility at the Mouth of the Albona torrent, 1968), which already outlines a number of Superstudio’s primary orientations, end ending with the drawings created for The Continuous Monument (1969), The Great Italian Villas (1970), The Twelve Ideal Cities (1971), the Fundamental Acts (1971-1972), Italia Vostra: Rescue of Historic Centres (1972) and All Architecture (1973).
The works are accompanied by a video realised by Superstudio as part of the work on the Fundamental Acts, a research into the very roots of architecture, and more specifically the architectural behaviour of man in various cultures, over time and in space, with the aim of its re-foundation at the human scale. They include Life, Supersurface, realised for the MoMA’s “Italy: the New Domestic Landscape” in 1972 and Ceremony, for the Triennale di Milano in 1973.
Image: SUPERSTUDIO, The Continuous Monument “New New York”