We already had a taste of a few different, good examples of hybridization between Architecture and Art at the Venice Biennal, however the exhibition “Architecture as Art” of 21 Triennale Milano can still be amazing and intriguing thanks to 14 artist-designers and their “crossing over”, helped by a location full of charm: Pirelli HangarBicocca.
The idea of the director Pierluigi Nicolin and the curator Nina Bassoli is to create a spatial device that will help visitors see architecture through different eyes.
The aim is to help people discover its unique artistic qualities, and visitors are invited to go beyond their usual, purely practical experience of architecture.
The display area is the “Shed” building of Pirelli HangarBicocca, where 14 site-specific artworks are arranged to, illustrate the themes involved in the new responsibilities of architecture in the 21st century.
The path is clear, no order or centre and no hierarchies. You can start from the outside artworks: Garden Ground, the green pattern by Michel Desvigne (300 trees marked by bamboo bracings); the dynamic Roof by nArchitects and The installation Sustainability by Studio Albori, based on the reutilization of large wooden crates; at the end of 21Triennale, it will be re-reused to assemble a school of Italian for refugees.
No drawings, photos, technical texts and maquettes, but samples of “live architecture” you can touch and use. Like Entrance by Maria Giuseppina Grasso Cannizzo: metal pipes ringing when crossed by the visitor.Some works explore the key themes that we often see as the heart of the new workplace, for example Meeting by Carrilho da Graça arquitectos and Sharing by Rural Studio.
Studio Albori (Sustainability)
Maria Giuseppina Grasso Cannizzo (Entrance)
Studio Mumbai (Portico)
Rural Studio (Sharing)
Carrilho da Graça (Meeting)
Josep Llinás Carmona (Pavilion)
Rural Studio (Shelter)
El Equipo de Mazzanti (Sidewalk)
Amateur Architecture Studio (Bricolage)
Catherine Mosbach (INside Outside)
Atelier Bow-Wow (Home)
Lacaton & Vassal (Rehabilitation)
Michel Desvigne Paysagiste (Garden Ground)