A new exhibition curated by Cass student, Rita Elvira Adamo, explores the similarities and differences between Japanese and Italian avant-garde architecture.
Date: 25 January 2017
The exhibition, which was organised by Fondazione Italia Giappone, highlights the similarities and disparities between the Japanese Metabolist movement and the Italian Radical movement, two fundamental areas of architectural avant-garde which rose to prominence in the 1960s and 70s.
'Architettura Invisibile’ originated from Rita’s undergraduate dissertation as an imaginary exhibition entitled 'Blurring Boundaries and Extension of Limits in Architecture' supervised by Senior Lecturer, James Payne. The exhibition was developed further as a live design and curation project under the guidance of Professor Peter Carl and Catrina Beevor in the postgraduate Free Unit at The Cass.
Structured on three themes: environment, technology and inhabitation, the exhibition features works by a range of prominent contemporary architectural research authors including, Arata Isozaki, Archizoom, Kiyonori Kikutake, Kisho Kurokawa, Fumihiko Maki, Otaka Masato,Superstudio, Kenzo Tange and U.F.O.
The exhibition investigates the cultural, artistic, social and political conditions that triggered the rise of the Metabolist and Radical movements. Although they evolved in very different cultural and contextual contexts, both movements share many of the same themes of investigation and have had extraordinary influences on contemporary architecture.
The graphics for the exhibition were also designed by London Met alumnus Matteo Blandford, who studied Architecture BA at The Cass.
The event is promoted by Roma Capitale, Assessorato alla Crescita Culturale - Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali and is part of the celebrations for the 150th anniversary of relations between Japan and Italy.
‘Architettura Invisibile’ runs from 19 January to 26 March 2017 at Museo Carlo Bilotti, Aranciera di Villa Borghese, Rome, Italy.