GIO PONTI. LOVING ARCHITECTURE at MAXXI museum in Rome (2019-2020) - Side Gallery

Side Gallery

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NOV 27 2019 - SEP 27 2020

From the styling of everyday objects to the invention of spatial configurations for the modern home through to the realization of complex projects introduced within an urban context such as the Pirelli skyscraper in Milan or the cathedral in Taranto, Ponti’s design was characterized by his comfort in switching scales.

One of the specular Works of Ponti, Triennale, the Four Curve Tile, designed he made in collaboration with Alberto Rosselli for Marazzi in 1960 was displayed at the exhibition. The exhibition, was curated by Maristella Casciato and Fulvio Irace with Margherita Guccione, Salvatore Licitra, Francesca Zanella and realised in collaboration with CSAC - Study Center and Communication Archive of the University of Parma and Gio Ponti Archives, intended to study and communicate the multi-faceted activity of Gio Ponti and his revolutionary research on architecture, “scenario and rescue of our life”.

"I fell in love with the colours and designs of these iconic tiles. They seemed to me pieces of art."

In the section of the exhibition called "Architecture is a crystal", the curators chose to interpret Triennale as an art form, generating other forms, respecting the concept of Ponti's finite form. The two compositions, both made with Triennale in black stoneware, one in 30x46.5 format and one in 10x15.5 cm format, framed the original sketches designed by Gio Ponti.

Today Triennale is an iconic form that transcends surface and context, it can be applied to any Marazzi collection, with any palette or texture and continues to fascinate architects, designers and artists. Adrian Samson, the London photographer who recently took pictures of Triennale, commented: “I fell in love with the colours and designs of these iconic tiles. They seemed to me pieces of art. We didn't want to use any additional material, just working with their shape, their body, enhancing their sensuality”.

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