During the first week of the 16the International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale, another Italian city is also holding an important event on the international architecture calendar. World-renowned architects and young emerging architects come together in Milan for the second edition of Milano Arch Week, entitled “Urbania, a look at the future of the city ”.
The second edition of Milano Arch Week takes place from Wednesday, May 23 to Sunday, May 27 under the artistic direction of Stefano Boeri: a week of conferences, workshops, installations, exhibitions, performances and events following one upon the other in the event’s three locations (Politecnico and Triennale di Milano, with Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli), as well as a number of urban itineraries. These include the popular Vesparch walks based on an idea by Stefano Boeri: a series of itineraries to travel on a Vespa every morning during Milano Arch Week in discovery of the architecture and neighbourhoods of the city of Milan. The proposed itineraries also include a series of tours offered by well-known guides. The artistic director of the event, Stefano Boeri, and architect Cino Zucchi will take visitors to see museums set up in the homes of a number of historic Milanese designers (such as Luigi Caccia Dominioni and Vico Magistretti) and new buildings that have become iconic city landmarks such as Fondazione Prada, MUDEC – Museum of Cultures and MAUA, the newly expanded urban art museum.
The strong point of the new architecture week in Milan is definitely the series of world-renowned architects who hold lectures and meetings addressing the themes of the event, including four Pritzker Prize winning architects: Jacques Herzog, Kazujo Sejima, Whang Shu and Toyo Ito. Lectures by Alberto Campo Baeza and Massimiliano Fuksas took place on the opening day, while world-renowned architects such as Bjarke Ingels (BIG), Sou Fujimoto and David Adjaye held talks and group conversations.
At the same time as Milano Arch Week, SpazioFMGperl'Architettura holds the second event in The Architects Series, focusing on the experience and approach of Grimshaw Architects, and May 24 saw the opening of “Luigi Ghirri. Il paesaggio dell’architettura”(Luigi Ghirri. The landscape of architecture), a retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Cinisello Balsamo and Triennale di Milano curated by Michele Nastasi, open to visitors until August 26, 2018, offering a new look at the great photographer from Modena and focusing on his importance for architecture.
More than 300 photographs, original prints and projections will be on exhibit, along with a selection of publications and other materials that look at Ghirri in relation to the editorial and critical background behind his work with architecture. The material on exhibit comes from the archives of Triennale di Milano and Lotus. It was through a partnership with Lotus International magazine that Luigi Ghirri first came to photograph architecture in 1983, a subject he continued to portray until his premature death in 1992. The photographer was concerned with photographic research and work with individual architects as well as exhibitions at Triennale di Milano and wider-ranging editorial projects, published in the “Quaderni di Lotus”, including “Paesaggio italiano" or Italian Landscape (1989) and the photographic section of "Atlante Metropolitano", Metropolitan Atlas (1991).
Exhibition: Luigi Ghirri. Il paesaggio dell’architettura
Curator: Michele Nastasi
Exhibition installation: Sonia Calzoni
Graphics: Pierluigi Cerri
Dates: May 25 – August 26 2018
Location: Triennale di Milano, Italy
Photos: Luigi Ghirri, courtesy of Triennale di Milano