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ARCHITETTURA INVISIBILE / INVISIBLE ARCHITECTURE” – Museo Carlo Bilotti, Rome, Italy. 19 January – 26 March 2017



The exhibition “Architettura Invisibile / INVISIBLE ARCHITECTURE” explores the historical role of Italian Radical Architecture and the Japanese Metabolist movement in the 1960s and 1970s. It is now fifty years since the ideas of the architectural avant-garde emerged in an age of change, revolution, and hope. Although developed in very different cultural and traditional contexts, the Metabolists in Japan and Radicals in Italy shared parallel themes of language and investigation of significant consequence for contemporary architecture. The ideas of the period concerned open architectural experimentations about the search for a control of the environment at every design scale; the desire for redefining the future of society through technology; the development of new ideas for inhabiting the planet.

INVISIBLE ARCHITECTURE” is the architecture that already is around us today; an architecture foreseen by the avant-gardes, and that is “invisible” since immersed into a metropolis of commodities, made out of products, information, offers, services, where absolute foundations don’t exist anymore but only a flow of energies stemming from innovation, within an unlimited and unconstrained market. INVISIBLE ARCHITECTURE is the architecture in the age of globalization.” Andrea Branzi




Masato Otaka




Awazu Kiyoshi

The exhibition includes a wide range of protagonists involved with innovative experimentations and contemporary architectural research: Arata Isozaki, Archizoom (Andrea Branzi, Gilberto Corretti, Paolo Deganello, Massimo Morozzi, Dario and Lucia Bartolini), Kiyonori Kikutake, Kisho Kurokawa, Fumihiko Maki, Otaka Masato, Superstudio (Adolfo Natalini, Cristiano Toraldo Di Francia, Roberto Magris, Alessandro Magris, Gian Piero Frassinelli and Alessandro Poli), Kenzo Tange, UFO (Lapo Binazzi, Carlo Bachi, Patrizia Cammeo, Riccardo Foresi, Titti Maschietto, Sandro Gioli). The works will be supported by publications that survey the cultural, artistic, social, political conditions that contributed to the reciprocal research and influences between Italy and Japan.

The exhibition is structured according to three themes that define the affinities and differences between the researches investigated by the Metabolist and Radical avant-gardes: Environment, Technology, Inhabitation. The final segment of the exhibition in a large inflatable space on the terrace of the museum, specifically designed by Analogique. will exhibit recent design experiences developed in Japan and Italy that interpret the same three themes fifty years on. Including: 2A+P/A, AlphavilleArchitects, DAP Studio, Sou Fujimoto, Jun Igarashi, IAN+, Yamazaki Kentaro, Yuko Nagayama, O + H Architects, OFL Architecture, Orizzontale, Studio Wok, Tipi Studio.

Curated by Rita Elvira Adamo, developed from research while studying at London Metropolitan University; with the collaboration of two Italian academics, Cristiano Lippa and Federico Scaroni, from the University of Tokyo, the exhibition highlights the similarities and disparities between the two experiences.

Organized by Fondazione Italia Giappone, supported by the Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali e del Turismo, Ministero degli Affari Esteri e della Cooperazione Internazionale, by the Consiglio Nazionale degli Architetti Pianificatori Paesaggisti e Conservatori and by the Istituto di Cultura Giapponese – Japan Foundation, the exhibition is part of the celebrations for the 150th anniversary of relations between Japan and Italy.

Invisible Architecture, Museo Carlo Bilotti, Aranciera di Villa Borghese, Rome, Italy

19 January – 26 March 2017


About jeh

Jeremy Hunt is Director of the AAJ Press (Art & Architecture Journal / Press) – a writer and consultant on art and public space


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