Asterios Polyp

Asterios Polyp
Presentation of the graphic novel by David Mazzucchelli

Friday 20 April, 18.30
MAXXI B.A.S.E. Meeting Room – admittance free

The protagonist of the graphic novel by David Mazzucchelli (Rhode Island, 1960), one of the most innovative authors in this genre, is a fifty-year-old architect Asterios Polyp. Born to a Greek father and an Italian mother, he is a successful New York professional, a “paper architect”, a professor more famous for his projects that his built work. His vision of architecture and the world is a rigid duality composed of irreconcilable oppositions: rational and irrational, straight lines and curves, art and life.

MAXXI is hosting an encounter/dialogue discussing the disciplinary, existential and narrative issues aroused by the book and conducted by Renato Pallavicini, a journalist, architect and comic book expert, who will illustrate the plot and meanings of the book, with the assistance of the projections of drawings, plates and details.
The other invited guests are: Franco Purini, an architect who has made drawing is particular tool of research and who will discuss “paper architecture”, enriching the account with his own theoretical-graphic reflections; Francesco Pacifico, writer, journalist and translator of the Italian edition of Asterios Polyp, will examine the relationships between literature and the graphic novel and those between the characters and real life.