Carlo Scarpa e il Giappone


Via Guido Reni 4/A, Roma

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9 November – 26 February 2017This exhibition is now closed
Tuesday to Friday 11am–7pm
Saturday 11am–10pm
Sunday 11am–7pm
€12 full price, €4–€8 concessions
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Coinciding with the major exhibition that MAXXI is dedicating to the Japanese, this exhibition highlights the Japanese influences in Carlo Scarpa’s work. The showcase is the result of research undertaken by Elena Tinacci; project drawings and photographs document the many profound links between Scarpa and Japan, and highlight the architect’s fascination with Japanese literature, its history and culture as well as its architectural tradition.
The exhibition opens up with a set of 27 photos taken by Gianni Berengo Gardin at Brion Tomb in 1972. It goes on to trace the moments and the factors that gave rise to Scarpa’s growing interest in the Far East: a journey to Japan in 1969 following Cassina’s invitation, the influence of Klimt and Mondrian’s paintings, the theories of Wright and Mies van der Rohe, the Orientalist works of Ezra Pound and the Oriental Art Museum in Venice.
His debt to the East is a clear feature of many of his projects, even before the crucial trip of 1969, here it is documented by an extensive photographic record preserved in the Archivio Scarpa, which demonstrate the architect’s ability to interpret a new aesthetic in the name of balance and harmony.

Image Credits 1–Tomba Brion, tempietto, San Vito d'Altivole 1969-1978; 2–Ingresso della mostra su Frank Lloyd Wright; 3–Tomba Brion, padiglione sull'acqua, San Vito d'Altivole 1969-1978; 4–Padiglione del Venezuela ai Giardini della Biennale, Venezia 1954