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Open Air Rooms: The Architecture of the Mediterranean from Malaparte to the Contemporary World

Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CST)

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On the occasion of the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial, (September 16, 2017 through January 8, 2018,) the Italian Cultural Institute and the Chicago Architecture Biennial are pleased to present

 

Open Air Rooms:

The Architecture of the Mediterranean from Malaparte to the Contemporary World 

an exhibition by Cherubino Gambardella

 

Exhibition Opening and Presentation by the Artist:

Tuesday, November 21st at 6pm

Italian Cultural Institute

500 N Michigan Avenue, Suite 1450

The exhibition will be on view through January 8, 2018

 

Cherubino Gambardella , Casa Malaparte. Wall and open rooms in golden Mediterranean sky.
(Electronic college and manual drawing on printed paper cm. 50x50. Naples 2016)

 

On the occasion of the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial, September 16, 2017 through January 8, 2018, the Italian Cultural Institute and the Chicago Architecture Biennial are pleased to present, "Open Air Rooms: The Architecture of the Mediterranean from Malaparte to the Contemporary World," an exhibition by Cherubino Gambardella, which explores the Villa Malaparte, a house on Punta Massullo, on the eastern side of the Isle of Capri, one of the best examples of Italian modern and contemporary architecture.    

 

Artist Statement

Casa Malaparte is the architectural portrait of an Italian intellectual. Casa Malaparte is famous in the world for its stern and unmistakable shape. The writer's home, unlike the villa La Rotonda by Andrea Palladio, did not have the opportunity to spread its echo throughout the world via the thousands of interpretations of the Palladian house.

From Thomas Jefferson to Inigo Jones, Palladio's architecture has been transformed and propagated throughout the world in thousands of unfaithful replicas. Unfair replicas have the secret of making architecture inexhaustible through so many faces.

With this exhibition, I tried to compensate the Capri house with its wonderful open-air room. I have reconsidered it in various forms and I am convinced that replica, imprecise translation, makes the memory of an object everlasting in the world. But it does not end there.

The facade, with its loggia, its one hundred thousand balconies, the wall thickness only partially covered, all of this conditioned me from Malaparte’s building. In various forms, Bernard Rudofsky, Gio Ponti, Le Corbusier, Luigi Moretti, Morris Lapidus interpreted walls, facades, windows and balconies. By altering their images, I thought of my architectures. Starting from Malaparte, other collages of my works and of some of the masters mentioned above will be the body of the exhibition.

This exhibition will be a story about images and captions that will be completely unpublished. A challenge to convey the sense of Mediterranean architecture. The alternation of covered and open spaces, of tunnels on the sea and dense horizons as mysteries.

 

Cherubino Gambardella is an architect and Professor in the Department of Architecture at the Second University in Naples.  He is the author of ten books and many of his essays have been published in European books, catalogues and magazines. His work as an architect has been well received by intellectuals and architecture critics, such as Bruno Zevi, Stefano Ray, Franco Purini. His projects have been published in prestigious magazines, such as "Domus,"  “A+U architecture and urbanism,” “World Architecture,” “Detail,” “Area,” “Materia,” “Il progetto,” and “Il giornale dell’architettura.”    

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Italian Cultural Institute
500 N Michigan Ave
Suite 1450
Chicago, IL

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CST)


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Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago

500 N Michigan Ave., Suite 1450

Chicago, IL 60611

 

Currently active in all the major cities of the five continents, the ninety Italian Cultural Institutes serve as an ideal meeting place for intellectuals, artists, and cultural operatives, as well as for ordinary citizens, both Italian and foreign, who wish to establish or maintain a relationship with our country. By acting not only as a showcase and source of current information on Italy, but also as a driving force behind initiatives and projects of cultural cooperation, the Italian Cultural Institute has become a focal point for both the Italian communities abroad and the growing demand for Italian culture throughout the world.

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