Konstantin Grcic. L’immaginazione al potere

The MAXXI exhibition reflects on the dialogue between nature and artifice, man and technology

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Konstantin Grcic. L’immaginazione al potere
13/02/2020 - Konstantin Grcic is the protagonist of the third edition of the “Studio Visit cycle, a programme that each year invites an internationally renowned designer to execute a personal interpretation of the works of the MAXXI permanent collection, using Alcantara® as the driving material of the work representing the installational result of his research.
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Alcantara-MAXXI_2020

A designer with a pronounced curatorial vocation, Grcic picked out a fil rouge, that of fantastic architecture, that he himself detected in the MAXXI's architectural archives, placing it in direct connection with the invention of the Alcantara material.
Konstantin Grcic_Markus Jans

Konstantin Grcic_Markus Jans

His exhibition examines the careers of several highly visionary creators: Italian engineer Sergio Musmeci, Italian architects Giuseppe Perugini and Maurizio Sacripanti – all of whom were active during the Second World War – and contemporary Lebanese architect Bernard Khoury.
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Alcantara-MAXXI_2020

In their marked tension to the project, which flirts with the concept of utopia, Grcic lays down a vision of architecture underpinned by bold creative optimism and a powerful belief in the potential for post-war regeneration. Alcantara was founded in 1972 with an equally futuristic, positive vision. It came about as the result of an engineering project to create a new material with unrivalled sensory, aesthetic and functional properties for the world of tomorrow. The common denominator for this exploration of architecture and technology, construction and materials, and large and small scales, is faith in the potential for progress and change.
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Alcantara-MAXXI_2020

“The best projects are those that make you go on a journey to unknown territories” – Konstantin Grcic explains – “L’immaginazione al potere” made me discover the work of five different protagonists - Perugini, Sacripanti, Musmeci, Khoury and Alcantara - who, each in their own way, are travellers into uncharted dimensions. Bringing their work together in this exhibition has led to the creation of yet another unexpected vision”.
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Alcantara-MAXXI_2020

In the exhibition conceived by the German designer, a selection of the masters’ original drawings interacts with an infinitesimal enlarged image of Alcantara, thus generating a compelling visual connection. Besides, a surprising spatial installation invites the visitor to lose himself in the architectural utopia of a speculative landscape of the future, developed in collaboration with Yemenite matte painter Najeeb Alnajjar.
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Alcantara-MAXXI_2020

The fantastical landscape that Grcic has dreamed up for the MAXXI juxtaposes the works of esteemed architects with a single material. This approach opens the door to other powerful contemporary themes such as the interaction between the natural and artificial, and the relationship between humans and technology.
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Alcantara-MAXXI_2020

The resulting installation and exhibition, curated by Domitilla Dardi, Design Curator for MAXXI Architecture, conjure up an aesthetic on the boundary between reality and the surreal, where the microscopic encompasses the macroscopic.
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Alcantara-MAXXI_2020

The title L’immaginazione al potere (Power to imagination) borrows from one of the slogans of the political movements of ’68, a period which gave rise both to some of the works on show and the original formulation of Alcantara. But it is also a cry of encouragement which reminds us that an alternative path to the status quo is that of the power of the imagination: the real driving force behind vision and change.
 
Konstantin Grcic. L’immaginazione al potere
Exhibition curated by Domitilla Dardi
7 February – 15 March, 2020
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Alcantara-MAXXI_2020

Alcantara-MAXXI_2020

Alcantara-MAXXI_2020

Alcantara-MAXXI_2020

Alcantara-MAXXI_2020


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