The Invention of a Language. Franco Purini and the Theme of Origin 1964-1976



“Architecture is an art, which has its own particular way of being art that does not exactly coincide with those of pictorial, plastic or installation art. As such, it has no meaning outside a profoundly humanistic or, if you prefer, neo-humanistic perspective.” [Franco Purini]


From June 7 to July 29, 2022, the Galleria del Progetto of the AUIC School of the Politecnico di Milano hosts the exhibition The Invention of a Language. Franco Purini and the Theme of Origin, 1964-1976.The exhibition, originally promoted and organized by the Archivio Progetti of the IUAV University of Venice and exhibited in collaboration with the Venetian university in the Chiostro dei Tolentini, has been revisited for the Milanese occasion by Roberta Albiero and Andrea Gritti, with the collaboration of Beatrice Azzola and Elena Fontanella.

The wide selection of projects and drawings on display refers to that part of Purini’s architectural production, realized between the second half of the 1960s and the first half of the 1970s, when the Roman architect, interpreting the profound instances of renewal that were crossing the architectural debate, started his own personal research on the grammar and syntax of composition.

Alongside the plates illustrating projects, sketches and studies appear in the exhibition that identify drawing as the privileged tool for thinking about construction, the city, the landscape, as well as the place from where the ideas of architecture originate.

On June 7 at 3 p.m., the exhibition will be inaugurated by a lecture by Purini, introduced by Andrea Campioli, Marco Biraghi and the curators, which will be held in the Gamma room of the Galleria del Progetto of the AUIC School.

Franco Purini is currently Professor Emeritus of Architectural and Urban Composition at the Faculty of Architecture of La Sapienza University in Rome. After opening an architectural practice with Laura Thermes in 1966, he taught at IUSARC in Reggio Calabria (1977-1981), at the Faculty of Architecture in Rome (1981-1994), at IUAV in Venice (1994-2002) and then again in Rome.

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