The Italian Cultural Institute in Toronto organizes the exhibition Stefano Pujatti (Elasticospa+3), Beniamino Servino: Form Matters, the first exhibition of the new series Italy under Construction. Through the work of the two Italian architects, the exhibition explores a building’s role as a cultural and artistic artifact, against two contemporary popular trends: the performative and the minimal. The first one puts emphasis on the technical aspects of the building -for example energy-, while the second trend retreats from expressing specificity and rhetoric.
Stefano Pujatti (Elasticospa+3, Turin) and Beniamino Servino (Caserta) share an understanding of architecture as an artistic practice linking design and local culture. Their notion of practice focuses on building role as both a space maker and mean of communication. Whereas the articulation of architectural form in Stefano Pujatti’s buildings suggests a work in progress, reflecting the dialogue between the designer’s ambitions, client’s dreams, and local conditions, Beniamino Servino’s architecture focuses on exploring the potential monumentalism hidden in the ordinariness of the abandoned urban landscape of Caserta, his hometown.
Stefano Pujatti and Beniamino Servino worked together to envision a room. In between the intimate atmosphere of a studiolo and the surprise of entering in a wunderkammer, visitors will experience a fictional Italian landscape assembled from the architects built and unbuilt work.
Stefano Pujatti (Elasticospa+3), Beniamino Servino: Form Matters opens on November 20th, 2015 at 6.30 pm, followed by a talk with two guest architects on November 21st, at 11.00 am at John H. Daniels, Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, Room 103.
curator: Roberto Damiani dates: 20 November 2015 – 22 January 2016 place: Italian Cultural Institute in Toronto address: 496 Huron St, Toronto, ON M5R 2R3 website: www.iuctoronto.it media partner: Azure Magazine
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