Erasmus Effect


  • 6 December 2013 – 6 April 2014
    exhtended until 25 May 2014
    Gallery 1
    curated by Pippo Ciorra

    An exhibition composed of journeys, experiences and returns
    telling the stories of the many Italian architects to have found success abroad.

    From the role of Giacomo Quarenghi in St Petersburg to the work of Lina Bo Bardi in Brazil and through to Pietro Belluschi in the United States and Romaldo Giugola - still active in Australia - or even Renzo Piano, the migratroy paths followed by some of our leading talents are well known and well established within the international historiography of architecture.

    The exhibition Erasmus Effect investigates the progressive acceleration that the phenomenon of “migrant” Italian architecture has undergone in recent decades. From the work of the established international companies to the projects and built works of the young Italian studios, shedding light on both the “widespread quality” of their work and the dense network of collaborations and trans-national ateliers born in the wake of the "Erasmus generation".

    And lastly, the “star” migrants, not just architects, but voices, faces and stories capable of recounting a very extensive phenomenon and to lend energy and substance to the commitment of those striving to ensure that this precious Italian talent may return home.

    The catalogue

    ERASMUS EFFECT. Italian Architects Abroad
    edited by Pippo Ciorra, Caterina Padoa Schioppa
    Quodlibet, 2013

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    Giovanna Melandri, President Fondazione MAXXI
    Margherita Guccione, Director MAXXI Architettura
    Pippo Ciorra, Senior Curator MAXXI Architettura


  • 6 December 2013 – 6 April 2014
    exhtended until 25 May 2014
    Gallery 1
    curated by Pippo Ciorra

    Italy as a territory is losing its function as an international cultural center,
    it is not nationalizing for itself, but its intellectuals continue the cosmopolitan function,
    separiting themselves from the territory and swarming abroad.
    Antonio Gramsci

    Pietro Belluschi • Lina Bo Bardi • Paolo Soleri • Vittorio Garatti • Elisabetta Terragni, The Panorama of the Cold War Team • Marpillero Pollak Architects • Atelier Manferdini • Carlo Ratti Associati • Renzo Piano, Richard Rogers • Studio Fuksas • Durisch + Nolli Architetti • EMBT | Enric Miralles - Benedetta Tagliabue • Simone Solinas, ssa | solinas serra architects • CORREIA / RAGAZZI Arquitectos • Djuric-Tardio Architectes • Barozzi / Veiga • AWP, Alessandra Cianchetta • Romaldo Giurgola • Paritzki Liani Architects


    AWP office for territorial reconfiguration, The Lantern. Sandnes, Norvegia, 2006-2008. Image credit: Thomas Liu
    Durisch + Nolli, Centro di formazione professionale SSIC. Gordola, Svizzera, 2004-2010. Image credit: David Willen
    Renzo Piano - Piano+Rogers, Centre Georges Pompidou. Parigi, Francia, 1971-1977


  • 6 December 2013 – 6 April 2014
    exhtended until 25 May 2014
    Gallery 1
    curated by Pippo Ciorra

    Una revolución de formas
    es una revolución de esenciales

    José Martí

    Atelier D • B+C Architectes • Cannatà & Fernandes • CRISTÓBAL + MONACO arquitectos • DOSarchitects • Exposure Architects • External Reference Architects • Fil Rouge Architecture • fondaRIUS architecture • Fusina6 • GA Architecture • Kokaistudios • Leap • LOOP Landscape & Architecture Design • MAB Marotta Basile Arquitectura • mOa Mario Occhiuto Architetture • NABITO • nbAA Nadir Bonaccorso Arquitectos Associados • Paratelier • PiSaA • STUDIO RAMOPRIMO • Ternullomelo Architects • XCOOP


    B+C Architectes, Multi-purpose Hall. Lisieux, Francia, 2011. Image credit: Michel Denancé

    ExposureArchitects, Octospider Workers’ canteen. Patchburi, Thailandia, 2004


  • 6 December 2013 – 6 April 2014
    exhtended until 25 May 2014
    Gallery 1
    curated by Pippo Ciorra

    – What do you want from us, we who come from the Old World?
    – We need to know whether you're good enough to enter the New World.
    – And so you are God Almighty who decides whether we're good enough
    to enter your land of the other world?

    Dialogue in Emanuele Crialese's movie Golden Door (Nuovo Mondo), 2006

    The video interview project recounts the stories, choices and motivations for the exiled Italian architects, as well as their desire to return and a country ready to embrace them.

    Architecture and Vision • Delugan Meissl Associated Architects • KUEHN MALVEZZI • MORQ* • 3GATTI • LAN Architecture • gravalosdimonte arquitectos • ecoLogicStudio


    3GATTI, Drive-In. Automobile Museum. Nanchino, Cina, 2009

    Architecture and Vision, Warka Water. Etiopia, 2012

    MORQ*, Karri Loop House. Margaret River, Australia, 2007-2013


  • 6 December 2013 – 6 April 2014
    exhtended until 25 May 2014
    Gallery 1
    curated by Pippo Ciorra

    “What is an architect?
    I think we have to answer that before anything else. Each one of us is different.
    When we are working as architects, we are each in a different environment,
    in a different society, in different places, and so forth; and because of that,
    I don't believe in emphasizing a technical training for an architect.
    I believe much more, in a moral training.

    Enrico Peressutti, Princeton, 1953

    Enrico Peressutti, Princeton University • Ernesto Nathan Rogers, AA, London • Aldo Rossi, IAUS NY • Mario G. Salvadori, Columbia University


  • 6 December 2013 – 6 April 2014
    exhtended until 25 May 2014
    Gallery 1
    curated by Pippo Ciorra
    section curated by Sergio Nava 

    When you visit Erasmus Effect,
    when you hear the stories of these young architects and professionals who have emigrated,
    you'll soon realize just how much talent Italy has been able to waste.
    What we could have become. And what we are instead.

    Sergio Nava

    In this area of the exhibition, thanks to the contribution of the Sergio Nava’s programme Giovani Talenti(Radio24), we can hear from a broader range of migrants: along with the architects are researchers, scientists and technicians who emigrate in search of opportunities and better working conditions.

    Andrea Barizza, Germania • Alice Cofanelli, UK • Luca Di Cesare, Cina • Lorenzo Di Pietro, Spagna • Giulia Ferrero, Olanda • Marina Freri, Australia • Georgina Lalli, USA • Clara Lopez, UK • Giovanni Masini, Polonia • Umberto Morelli, Brasile • Benedetta Piantella, USA • Alberto Sanseverino, Cina • Lorenzo Thione, USA • Neri Tollardo, Russia • Giuseppe Vestrucci, Australia • Luca Vigliero, Dubai, UAE


  • 6 December 2013 – 6 April 2014
    exhtended until 25 May 2014
    Gallery 1
    curated by Pippo Ciorra

    The work of the Lot-Ekstudio is composed almost exclusively of fragments of transport containers. The exhibition structure only emphasises the sense of “movement” underlying the show, reminding us that all ideas and talents being spent abroad are an active part of a national scientific and creative community that is just waiting to be able to make its contribution.