Carlo Scarpa e il Giappone
€12 full price, €4–€8 concessions
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.