MantovArchitettura 2019

Month of meetings, debates, exhibitions and workshops with leaders of international architectural culture

Once again, this May, Mantua will become the capital of Architecture. Locations that since the Renaissance have made the city an essential destination for training artists and architects – Palazzo Ducale, the Church of San Sebastiano, Casa del Mantegna, Palazzo Te, the ex-Church of San Cristoforo, Teresiana Library, Palazzo D’Arco, as well as the Politecnico di Milano campus – will become lecture halls where the masters meet with students, architects and everyone involved to discuss the past, present and future of architecture.

The Politecnico di Milano’s Mantua campus has designed a rich programme of events. Highlights include a tribute to Giulio Romano, the great architect and pupil of Raphael; a spotlight on Mexican architecture; and meetings with international designers and young architects at the beginning of their careers.

The tribute to Giulio Romano includes two exhibitions: “Giulio Romano. The story of paper: books and autographs”, which will open to the public on 9 May at the Teresiana Library; and “Our dear Sir Iulio. Giulio Romano’s works at the Palazzo Ducale”, from 10 May at the Palazzo Ducale. This artist will be explored further in various events.

The conferences will focus heavily on emerging Mexican architecture. Attending the events will be some of the young artists at the centre of this lively scene including Manuel Cervantes, Estudio Macías Peredo, Atelier ARS, Taller de Arquitectura Rocha + Carrillo and Fernanda Canales.

Among the leading figures in contemporary international architecture will be Pierre Louis Faloci who was honoured in 2018 with the national architecture Grand Prix from the French Ministry of Culture, and João Luís Carrilho da Graça, who returns to Mantua to present his latest works and in particular his design for the cruise terminal in Lisbon. Also attending are Eduardo Souto de Moura, Liu Yuyang, Andrew Berman, Tony Fretton, Diébédo Francis Kéré, Guillermo Vázquez Consuegra, Ricardo Bak Gordon, Andrea Soto and Alejandro Guerrero.

Among the many events planned are a seminar on “Le Corbusier and photography” by Marco Introini, two events on Sacred architecture and Conversations, a new format which will enable architecture students to get closer to the masters in a discussion among equals.

19 May will see the opening of an installation entitled “The last bastion of architecture” designed by Eduardo Souto De Moura, Full Professor of Architectural Design at the Mantua campus in collaboration with the Arte Sella Association, which looks after the collection of contemporary art of the same name in Borgo Valsugana (TN).

Now in its sixth year and attracting more than 5,000 visitors every year, MantovArchitettura is a cultural project designed and organised by the Mantua campus of the Politecnico di Milano, within the framework of activities of the UNESCO Chair in Architectural Preservation and Planning in World Heritage Cities.
In collaboration with the School of Architecture Urban Planning Construction Engineering, the Department of Architecture, Built Environment and Construction Engineering, the Department of Architecture and Urban Studies and Casabella.
With the support of the City of Mantua, Province of Mantua, Diocese of Mantua, Palazzo Ducale, the Palazzo Te Foundation and the Order of Architects, Planners, Landscapers and Conservationists of the Province of Mantua.

The event’s scientific committee is made up of: Peter Assmann, Federico Bucci, Barbara Bogoni, João Luís Carrilho da Graça, Massimo Ferrari, Luigi Fregonese, Angelo Lorenzi, Carlo Peraboni, Eduardo Souto de Moura, Luigi Spinelli, Carlo Togliani and Ilaria Valente.

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