Curated by: Stefano Pezzato
The exhibition SPAZIO RADICALE / RADICAL SPACE continues and deepens the survey on the experiences of Radical Architecture collected at the Pecci Center in Prato, started with the concise presentation of TRILOGIA URBANA dedicated to films, original projects and archival documents by the architect Gianni Pettena and of the Florentine groups Superstudio and UFO.
The new exhibition proposes various projects from 18 December 2021 to 30 April 2022, also including works from the museum collection, together with materials from the CID / Visual Arts and in particular from the Lara-Vinca Masini Archive, to broaden the context of "radical" research between the second half of the sixties and seventies of the twentieth century and offer unprecedented comparisons between these and contemporary art.
The SPAZIO RADICALE exhibition is conceived as a new opportunity to enhance the heritage of research into images, objects and ideas that make up the various collections and are now found in the archives of the Pecci Center. The itinerary presents, in an articulated way and rich in suggestions, the explorations of the "space" proposed by "radical" architects and contemporary artists: the space imagined, conceived and that taken from life; the possible place and its opposite, the improbable; the shared context, lived or the contested, fought one; analytical exploration and metaphorical transfiguration.
Chronologically, the exhibition opens with the work Esse by the visual poet Luigi Tola which linguistically anticipates the Superarchitecture by Archizoom and Superstudio, a germinal event of Florentine Radical Architecture (in December 1966, just after the flood of Florence); then with Gilberto Corretti's project for a cultural center at the Cascine di Prato, which appears today as a prelude to Italo Gamberini's architectural project for the Pecci Center; followed by the seductive habitats and the Dressing Design of Archizoom, the "pop icons" of the Superonda sofa and the Sanremo lamp produced by Archizoom themselves for Poltronova.