L'anello mancante

10 gennaio 2019

Sala Gian Ferrari,
Museo MAXXI, Rome
Edited by Margherita Guccione
and Pippo Ciorra

from 07th December 2018  
to 03rd March 2019

“A missing link is the element that connects distant parts of a broken, open chain. We need them often these days. More and more links are needed to connect the multiple ramifications of social, political, economic, cultural and even moral relationships. But we also need links that can physically connect, in real life, the ideas of fullness and emptiness, of closed space and open space, of container and content.” The above is how Michele De Lucchi introduced the design theme of his site-specific installation for this edition.
Engineered and fabricated entirely by UniFor, L’Anello mancante is an installation consisting of a metal construction covered with a shell of rectangular shingles in HI-MACS® solid surface material.

The Power of the Archive. Renzo Piano Building Workshop

20 ottobre 2018

Milano Design Film Festival 
25-28 October 2018


A film by Francesca Molteni, curated by Fulvio Irace

The archive of an architectural practice is a deposit of heterogeneous materials (drawings, models, documents, photographs, voice and audiovideo recordings, etc.) that reflect the identity and thinking of the architect and his or her design methods. It is capable of triggering new investigations and pathways, satisfying curiosities, sparking doubts and uncertainties, generating additional interpretations, and bringing the contents of history to the attention of future generations. 
“Il Potere dell’Archivio. Renzo Piano Building Workshop,” a film directed by Francesca Molteni and curated by Fulvio Irace, narrates the creation, the structure, the organization, the function and the plans for the future of the Project Archive of the Renzo Piano Building Workshop. 
Some of the conceptual drawings and sketches, design drawings, models, renderings, working drawings and construction details are on display at the Fondazione Renzo Piano, while the rest is preserved in a 3000-sq m converted factory in Genoa. According to the persons in contact with the archival materials on a daily basis, whose job it is to safeguard and organize them, the RPBW is a place of experimentation. It is described by a metaphor of a seaport, in which materials come and go, with every exit and every return bringing with it something new, perhaps completely unexpected, that enriches its communication potential. 
“Il Potere dell’Archivio” premiered in the UK on 22 September 2018, at the Royal Academy of Arts of London – which has been hosting the exhibition “Renzo Piano. The Art of Making Buildings” since September 15 – and in Italy on 5 October at the Museo MAXXI in Rome, on the occasion of the Open House festival of architecture. The film will also be shown at the Milano Design Film Festival (25-28 October 2018). 
The film is promoted by UniFor in collaboration with the Molteni Museum.

Film profile
Curated by: Fulvio Irace with the Fondazione Renzo Piano and the Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Director: Francesca Molteni
Editing: Veronica Scotti
Executive producer: Claudia Adragna
Year: 2018
Length: 35 minutes
Country: Italy
Production: Muse
Language: Italian/English
Original music: Fabrizio Campanelli
Website: www.museweb.it

Picasso Metamorfosi

15 ottobre 2018

Palazzo Reale

18 October 2018
17 February 2019

Promoted and produced by the department of culture of the city of Milan, together with Palazzo Reale and MondoMostreSkira, and coordinated by Pascale Picard, director of the Municipal Museums of Avignone, the exhibition Picasso Metamorfosi opens on October 18 at Palazzo Reale in Milan. The event is a stopover of Picasso-Méditerranée, the important European triennial exhibition promoted by the Musée Picasso in Paris together with other international institutions. It presents an exciting itinerary designed to highlight Picasso’s surprising investigations into a modern art that is rooted in the classical arts and in mythology.
In the approximately 200 works of the display curated by the architect Pierluigi Cerri, a strong dialogue emerges between Picasso and the art of the ancient world: his transfigured antiquity is a reinterpretation, in a modern key and in an original visual language, of a wide variety of mythological themes and figures. 
Alongside minotaurs, centaurs, fauns, and other hybrid creatures, as well as Bacchic processions and chariot battles, some of the artist’s favorite subjects make their appearance: bullfights, arenas, war, passion and Eros. 
The exhibition is organized in six sections which range in theme from the kiss to the myth of Arianna and the Minotaur, the origin of “Demoiselles,” and metamorphosis. The works of the Spanish artist are displayed together with the ancient works (pottery, vases, statues, votive plaques, reliefs, idols, and stele) that inspired and deeply influenced him. 
UniFor supports the initiative as a technical sponsor in the realization of the exhibition.