he exhibition documents the most significant works realised by Mario Botta, who was born in Mendrisio in 1943 and graduated from university in Venice, over many years of successful professional activity: from the first detached homes, original expressions of the Ticino school to the large public buildings, libraries, theatres, museums, churches and synagogues constructed throughout the world. Mario Botta’s architectural development has its roots in an interpretation of the Modern Movement and remains faithful to its tenets, taking the form today of “critical reasoning” before the fragility of models and fashions offered by globalisation. In his studio in Lugano, the Ticino-born architect designs buildings that base their raison d’être on an awareness of interpreting the sensitivity of contemporary culture and at the same time of evoking that territory of history and of memory constituting the true heritage of identity of European architecture.
Past and present live together in his figurative language, formed of geometry and materials. Botta’s architecture revives a primitive vocation of essential form that models man’s living space and which, reflecting the functions which it should provide, aspires to offer fresh emotions.
Over 90 projects will be on display, all of them built, documented with original sketches and models, unpublished photographs and documents.
The exhibition will be divided into 12 sections: the first is entitled “Meetings” and provides a sort of introductory space comprising the works and memories of artists and works, of cultural and musical figures who have left a profound mark on the man and the architect.
The other sections, called Living, Workplaces, Schools, Libraries and free time, Urban reconnections, Museums, Theatres, Sacred spaces, Interiors, explore the personal developments in design that led Mario Botta to work in every form of construction sector.
The last sections are dedicated to Mario Botta’s creations in the field of Layouts, Set Design and Design: from the successful chairs designed in the early 1980s for Alias to the lamps, including the “Shogun” sold by Artemide as of 1985, and to the recent “Table for Cleto Munari”.
Look at the set of images on flickr
Curated by the Studio Mario Botta, Lugano