Art and Architecture were taught together at the Bauhaus because they were considered expressions strictly related to contemporary cultural events, but the two disciplines ​​didn’t always have a complementary development and often unwillingly shared the same spaces. Historically, there are many examples of architect-artist figures, multifaceted and brilliant personalities such as BramanteLeonardo,Michelangelo. Similarly, there are instances of artists dealing with the design of the urban space or architects involved in the artistic investigations of their time, from which they derive cultural inspiration. More unusual is the collaboration between artists and architects. It happened in Vienna during the Jugendstil era, as witnessed by the House of the Secession, designed by Joseph Maria Olbrich based on an idea by ​​Gustav Klimt. Hence the concept of ​​Gesamtkunstwerk – the ‘total work of art’ – which re-emerged and established itself in Italy during the years of fascism. More recently, the joint work of artists and architects has led to the creation of significant works, as the façade of the Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center in Reykjavik, designed by the Danish artist Olafur Eliasson in collaboration with Henning Larsen Architects.

#art #architecture #plastic

PIAZZA VERDI, LA SPEZIA: Unespected flooring for a urban redevelopment

In 2010 Park Associati took part in a competition for the redevelopment of Piazza Verdi in La Spezia. The terms of the competition included the contribution of an artist and this prompted a collaboration between the practice and Giuseppe Gabellone. The artist designed a futuristic paving for the square: a system of iridescent metal sheets assembled with bolts. Park Associati’s project envisaged a system that managed the surface temperature of the metal paving, obtained by both carefully arranging additional trees and by placing a technological system underneath the entire paving surface.

#piazzaverdi #laspezia #giuseppegabellone

SOLO: Design for a traveling exhibition

Some contemporary Italian artists, among them Giuseppe Gabellone, Diego Perrone, Stefano Arienti and Patrick Tuttofuoco, have often accepted the challenge of tackling architectural design. Indeed, it was from an idea of Gabellone and Perrone that the “SOLO” project was born in 2004, in collaboration with Park Associati. SOLO is a mobile exhibition space intended to welcome and showcase the works of 11 artists, following a multi-step itinerary. Designed to meet the requirements of mobility, cost-effectiveness and lightness, the modular volume in wood and fabric can accommodate video projections and wall-mounted works, sculptures and installations, and can be quickly emptied, dismantled, loaded in a container and transported to the next stop. Almost a prototype of Park Associati’s subsequent travelling, pop-up projects.

#solo #mobileexhibition #giuseppegabellone #diegoperrone #stefanoarienti #patricktuttofuoco

THE NEWSSTAND AT PASTICIFIO CERERE, ROMA: Reinvented “total work of art”

In 2017, the artist Thomas Berra won a three-month residency at the Pastificio Cerere Foundation in Rome. At the end of the period the resident artists exhibit the works realised during their stay. Berra decided to create a narrative and ironic work – both irreverent and romantic – by writing and drawing a photo story (fotoromanzo), printing it in the style of the golden days of these publications, the ‘60s and ‘70s, when they were sold in newsstands. Berra then asked Park Associati to design a structure that closely resembled the small newsstands of those years, to be used as a container-distributor for the copies of his photo story. The work is part of the exhibition “So Long (Arrivederci)”, open until February 14 at the Pastificio Cerere Foundation in Rome.

#newsstand #thomasberra #fotoromanzo #SoLong

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