02.02.2013

Palazzo Carpegna


Exhibition "Cesare Cattaneo 1912-1943. Pensiero e segno nell'architettura"

An initiative organised by Accademia Nazionale di San Luca, Archivio Cattaneo, curated by Pierre-Alain Croset

This year marks the centenary of the birth of the Como-born rationalist architect Cesare Cattaneo (1912-1943). Only 31 years old when he died, Cattaneo left an indelible mark in the form of a handful of major buildings (the Garbagnati infant school at Asnago, the Camerlata fountain, the Casa d'Affitto at Cernobbio and the Palazzo dell'Unione Lavoratori dell'Industria in Como), as well as numerous architectural designs which are exceptional in their extraordinary sculptural experimentation, and a number of particularly acute pieces of architectural criticism in which he outlined the innovative concept of "polydimensionality".
At the heart of the exhibition, which is curated by Pierre-Alain Croset, are over 160 sketches and original drawings, which illustrate the evolution of Cattaneo's architectural thinking - an approach to architecture which is characterised by a powerful tension between ideas. Here the act of drawing becomes, to all intents and purposes, a form of writing, in the sense that it is the graphic transcription of an idea: many of his sketches reveal the intensity and quickness of a design process that generated variations, changes of mind and sometimes-radical alternatives.


Related Documents:

Cesare Cattaneo (1912-1943). Pensiero e segno nell'architettura (02.02.2013)