PAC: Super Superstudio

In Milan, a dialogue between Superstudio and 19 contemporary artists establishes connections and relations among the Florence group’s research and contemporary culture.

“Nel selezionare gli artisti contemporanei da inserire nella mostra, abbiamo scelto quei lavori che potessero essere immaginati come potenziali risposte agli enigmi del Superstudio. Le opere prodotte dal gruppo nel 1970 sono radicali ancora oggi, perché hanno dato forma ad un’architettura non di proposte, ma di premonizioni, non di oggetti, ma di domande”, chiarisce Andreas Angelidakis, co-curatore della mostra. “Il loro lavoro ha composto una serie di enigmi, che coinvolgono non solo l'architettura, ma il modo in cui viviamo sul nostro pianeta. A distanza di 50 anni, si possono cominciare a vedere le risposte a quelle domande, poste in progetti come Monumento continuo o Atti fondamentali. Una superficie lucida continua che soddisfa tutte le nostre esigenze e i nostri desideri, e si diffonde su tutta la terra? Potrebbe essere che questa superficie esista oggi in forma di Internet?”.
The Milan PAC presents the oeuvre of Superstudio (1966–1978), the group of radical architects and radical designers from Florence, which not only influenced the way of thinking and designing of architects such as Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaas and Bernard Tschumi, but also definitively questioned the boundary between art and architecture, and which is regarded as the last great Italian avant-garde.
“The exhibition is the chance to investigate the possibilities of a form of discourse through images that is still open, in which the strength of Superstudio’s projects – drawn from the large and mostly unpublished archive of the group in Florence – and of their environments, displayed together for the first time, enables to disclose and establish relationships with contemporary art,” curators Vittorio Pizzigoni and Valter Scelsi explained.
Superstudio, <i>il Monumento Continuo</i>, Piazza Navona, 1970 Courtesy Pinksummer
ITop: Superstudio, il Monumento Continuo, New York, 1969. MAXXI Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Roma. Collezioni MAXXI Architettura. Fondo Superstudio. Above: Superstudio, il Monumento Continuo, Piazza Navona, 1970 Courtesy Pinksummer

In a unique set-up, conceived by Baukuh and Valter Sclesi together with Superstudio, the Continuous Monument – perhaps the group’s most famous project – enters the PAC, which in itself is a monument to Italian modernity, transfiguring the exhibition space and captivating the viewer in a dynamic experience.

The exhibition will reconstruct Superstudio’s most important projects by bringing together its most representative pieces of design, installations and films, and by building – as a part of the total urbanisation model promoted by Superstudio itself – a dialogue with 19 works by 19 contemporary artists, who have drawn the raw material for their oeuvre from the Florence group’s research: Danai Anesiadou, Alexandra Bachzetsis, Ila Beka and Louise Lemoine, Pablo Bronstein, Stefano Graziani, Petrit Halilaj & Alvaro Urbano, Jim Isermann, Daniel Keller & Ella Plevin, Andrew Kovacs / Archive of Affinities, Rallou Panayotou, Paola Pivi, Angelo Plessas, Riccardo Previdi, RO/LU, Priscilla Tea, Patrick Tuttofuoco, Kostis Velonis, Pae White, Yacht-Utopia/Distopia.

Petrit Halilaj & Alvaro Urbano, <i>What comes first</i>, 2015. Installazione, tecnica mista. Courtesy degli artisti
Petrit Halilaj & Alvaro Urbano, What comes first, 2015. Installation, mixed media. Courtesy the artists
“In selecting contemporary artists to be included in the exhibition, we chose those works that could be imagined as potential answers to Superstudio’s questions. The group’s works from 1970 are still radical today, as they shaped an architecture of premonitions, rather than answers, of questions, rather than objects,” Andreas Angelidakis, co-curator of the exhibition, pointed out. “Their work has put together a number of enigmas, concerning not only architecture, but also the way we live on our planet. Fifty years later, we can start seeing the answers to those questions raised in projects such as The Continuous Monument or Fundamental Acts. A continuous glossy surface that meets all of our needs and desires, and spreads across the world? Could it be that this surface exists today in the form of the Internet?”

until January 6, 2016
Super Superstudio
curated by Andreas Angelidakis, Vittorio Pizzigoni and Valter Scelsi
produced by PAC with Silvana Editoriale
promoted by Comune di Milano – Cultura
supported by TOD’S
with the contribution of Alcantara and Vulcano
via Palestro 14, Milano

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