The cycle of events begun at FAB Milan – with the presentation of the essay “Pier Carlo Bontempi: Architettura e Tradizione” (Pier Carlo Bontempi: Architecture and Tradition), edited by Franco Maria Ricci – continues to the Fiandre company headquarters at Castellarano, with the opening of the exhibition “PIER CARLO BONTEMPI: LA PROVOCAZIONE PIU GRANDE DEL MONDO. IL LABIRINTO DI FRANCO MARIA RICCI E ALTRE ARCHITETTURE” (Pier Carlo Bontempi: The Greatest Provocation in the World. The Labyrinth of Franco Maria Ricci and Other Architectures).
20th November – 10th December 2015
open Monday to Friday
“Pier Carlo Bontempi: La provocazione più grande del mondo. Il Labirinto di Franco Maria Ricci e altre architetture” (Pier Carlo Bontempi: The Greatest Provocation in the World. The Labyrinth of Franco Maria Ricci and Other Architectures)opened on 20th November 2015 at FAB Castellarano (province of Reggio Emilia). The show uses an untried exhibitive layout which documents Parma’s most significant architectural projects, and which focuses on a planning approach that goes completely against the grain of modern architectural philosophy.
A stroll through the various different kinds of architectural projects takes visitors on a voyage of discovery of the philosophy which is behind the classic or vernacular composition of buildings and urban ensembles built by Pier Carlo Bontempi.
A succession of four living areas featuring different geometric shapes shows the four different thematic sections in which the projects have been grouped: villages, piazzas, blocks and the labyrinth. Inside the areas are some excellent large format photos which give a very realistic feeling of being in streets, squares or inside tourist attractions. In this way, moments of theatrical attraction are interspersed with areas where a visitor’s attention is drawn to interesting architectural detail.
Outside the areas is a series of brief quotations which sum up the basic concepts of how projects are chosen, and the deep link to Italy’s great architectural tradition. Visits start and finish in the great entrance hall, where some of the wooden models made by Adriano Lari – a talented craftsman specialising in ebony – can be seen, so the compositional proportions of Bontempi’s architecture can be better appreciated.
This cycle of events ends on 10th December 2015. Again at Castellarano, Pier Carlo Bontempi will debate "Come molte architetture tradizionali?" (Like a lot of Traditional Architecture?) with Tamassociati’s Raul Pantaleo, with the aim of redefining the methods and language of contemporary architecture. The debate will be moderated by the journalist Luca Sommi.