6th May – 31th August
La Triennale di Milano presents Paulo Mendes da Rocha, an exhibition curated by Daniele Pisani, which will be open to the public from 6 May to 31 August 2014.
The exhibition brings to Italy the work of the Brazilian architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha, winner of the 2006 Pritzker Architecture Prize and one of the greatest figures in contemporary architecture. The exhibition puts the architectural works of Mendes da Rocha in their historical context, highlighting a number of recurring themes which illustrate the importance of his work.
Drawings, sketches, vintage photos and plastic models are presented to the public in an exhibition setting conceived as an set of documentation tables and wall displays, realized by Italcementi and made of an innovative cement-based formulation: i.design EFFIX, a plastic material with high aesthetic content, specifically developed for architects and designers.
Starting out from some of the key concepts in the architect’s vision – that architecture is the place where a sweeping transformation of the territory takes place, changing its physical features and paving the way for changes in the infrastructure – the exhibition shows how Mendes da Rocha has approached various types of architecture. The theme-based display illustrates his interests and the fundamental principles behind his design.
Considerable attention is paid to drawings: not just his impeccable technical works and the sketches that led to them, but also his drawings of a variety of subjects, apparently far removed from architecture, which have so far been ignored.
These are accompanied by both period photographs and others taken in recent years specially for the monograph edited by Daniele Pisani and published by Electa.
There will also be models of his works, including vintage ones and others, made simply of sheets of paper, which Mendes da Rocha himself has created especially for this event.
The exhibition thus includes a considerable amount of original material, most of which comes from the architect’s office, though there will also be a model and a drawing on loan from the Centre Georges Pompidou. The display will include: 150 vintage photographs, documents, books of the firm and period magazines, over 200 drawings, including small sketches, ten models, digital drawings, contemporary photographs, a series of videos made especially for the exhibition, and a series of Paulistano armchairs.