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Carlo Scarpa. L'arte di esporre

L'arte di esporre

The name of Carlo Scarpa (1906-1978) is intrinsically linked to the history of art, taste and museology of the 20th century, so much so that in the seventies the French art historian André Chastel wrote: “Many of those who travel round Italy know him without realizing it: he is the greatest organizer of art exhibitions in Europe”. He still stands tall in the pantheon of those who revolutionized museums in the post-war years (in spite of widespread resistance and provincialism) transforming them into outposts of the avant-garde. The resounding success of the installation created to host the work of Paul Klee at the Venice Biennale in 1948 was followed by many others in quick succession. The personal exhibitions of Piet Mondrian and Marcel Duchamp, the collaborations with Lucio Fontana and Arturo Martini and his work on many historic buildings trace the development of an original architect who up-dated the way art was displayed by setting out a model that takes bold liberties to incomparable lyrical effect. It becomes unfettered from the lofty grandeur of the pre-existing places, fostering a style that is light and spare. His career was a series of legendary solutions resolved in situ (always in tandem with time constraints and a great lack of resources) in symbiosis with the mastery of the craftspeople around him.

How to find one’s way around the huge number of exhibitions and museums for which Carlo Scarpa was wholly or partially responsible? Philippe Duboÿ, who worked with him and had access to many archives, is the ideal guide to help us understand the plans, reliefs, sketches, and photographs relating to every one of Scarpa’s projects.  Rare documents written by Carlo Scarpa have been included in the book, which has been conceived according to the principle of synchronism between image and word, which so interested Le Corbusier. The author reveals the personal dialogue between this great figure of European culture and the work of art.


Indice testuale

Nota dell’autore

Prefazione di Patricia Falguières
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Il gioco sapiente, rigoroso e magnifico delle forme assemblate nella luce (mediterranea)


Antologia ed espografia

1. La polemica sull’architettura. Adesioni al movimento razionalista – 1931 

2. La Galleria del Cavallino, Venezia – 1942-1947 

3. La mostra di Arturo Martini, XXIII Biennale di Venezia – 1942 

4. La nuova sistemazione delle Gallerie dell’Accademia, Venezia – 1941-1947 

5. La XXIV Biennale di Venezia – 1948 

6. La mostra di Giovanni Bellini, Palazzo Ducale, Venezia – 1949 

7. La seconda Galleria del Cavallino, Venezia – 1949-1960 

8. La mostra di Piet Mondrian, Galleria nazionale d’arte moderna, Roma, e Palazzo Reale, Milano – 1956-1957 

9. La mostra di Alberto Viani, XXIX Biennale di Venezia – 1958 

10. La mostra “Vitalità nell’Arte”, Centro internazionale delle arti e del costume, Palazzo Grassi, Venezia – 1959 

11. La mostra “Marcel Duchamp Ready-made”, inaugurazione degli uffici Gavina, Roma – 1965

12. La mostra “Concetto spaziale. Attese” di Lucio Fontana, XXXIII Biennale di Venezia – 1966 

13. Un’ora con Carlo Scarpa – 1972 

14. Aula magna, Istituto universitario di architettura di Venezia – 1975 

15. Progetto per il Musée Picasso nell’Hôtel Aubert de Fontenay, detto Hôtel Salé, Parigi – 1976 

16. L’architettura può essere poesia? – 1976 



Gabriel Orozco, Biennale di Venezia – 2003


Bibliografia ed espografia scarpiana di Philippe Duboÿ

Carlo Scarpa. L'arte di esporre

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