Aldo Rossi. Drawings and Designs

from 25. 6. 2021 to 5. 12. 2021


Aldo Rossi (Milan, 1931-1997) was one of the most prominent architects of the second half of the 20th century. From the late 1950s until his unexpected death, he designed and built structures all over the world.

He designed furniture and objects which continue to be made even today; he implemented theater stage designs and costumes, outlined urban development plans, and wrote books and articles on the theory and history of architecture. He worked at universities such as Milan's Politecnico, the ETH in Zürich, the Iuav in Venice and Yale and Harvard in the USA, where he trained several generations of students of architecture. Rossi created thousands of studies, drawings and paintings which are exhibited in MoMA in New York, Centre Pompidou in Paris, CCA in Montreal, the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, the MAXXI in Rome and elsewhere.

Since the implementation of his first project design in 1960 up to the awarding of the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1990 and even afterwards, Rossi created an intellectual and poetic universe in which designing alternated with drawing, the written word and production and thus contributed to his outstanding and abundant work which even today comprises the foundation for schools and experts of architecture, as well for audiences for whom the visual art was designated.

The exhibition Aldo Rossi. Kresby a projekty /Aldo Rossi. Drawings and Designs, conceived by Fondazione Aldo Rossi in cooperation with the Italian Cultural Institute in Bratislava, features more than seventy original works - a profile of Rossi's work from the 1960s to the second half of the 1990s. Some of Rossi's designs are presented diachronically and focus on some of the architect's iconic work, such as the San Cataldo cemetery in Modena, The Analogous City (1976), Fragments (1987), the Il Palazzo Hotel in Fukuoka, Japan, Sine Titulo (1990) and Schützenstrasse in Berlin.

In this graphic, technical and vital world, where joy derived from composition and drawing links places and constructions with animals and objects, the core is always designated by the human being in relation to the historical and social context in which the architecture is born – either it pertains to a fountain in Segrate celebrating the value of WWII partisans, a simple house in the Gallaratese neighborhood of Milan or the renovation of a residential block in Berlin.

These exceptional fragments from Aldo Rossi's life and work will be presented for the first time to visitors of the Slovak National Museum in Bratislava as part of the 14th year of Dolce Vitaj, the Italian Festival in Slovakia.