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Gianni Pettena
[Giovanni Pettena]
* Bolzano/Bozen, Italy, 23 August 1940
nationality: italian
Via Ferruzzi, 12
50014 Fiesole - Italy
Tel: +39.055.597.300
www.giannipettena.it
pettena@giannipettena.it
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES
 
 
Gianni Pettena è tra i fondatori, alla fine degli anni '60 a Firenze, del movimento “architettura radicale” insieme a Superstudio, Archizoom, UFO. Nel 1972 realizza la sua prima mostra personale alla John Weber Gallery a New York. Negli anni successivi si dedica sia all'attività di artista che a quella accademica, spesso indagando le connessioni tra le proposte delle generazioni più giovani e il retaggio della sperimentazione iniziata negli anni ‘60.

Le opere di Gianni Pettena, in particolare i lavori del cosiddetto periodo ‘americano’ (1972) e i molti disegni la cui visionarietà si è poi spesso tradotta in profetica realtà, assumono un valore tanto per la loro specificità e unicità all’interno della sperimentazione radicale degli anni Sessanta e Settanta quanto per i loro influssi sul mondo dell’architettura, del design e dell’arte contemporanea successivi. Il suo lavoro è stato presentato in musei e istituzioni come: il Centre Pompidou di Parigi (1978), la Biennale di Venezia (1996), il Mori Museum di Tokyo (2004), il Barbican Center di Londra (2006), il PAC di Milano (2010), e il Museion di Bolzano (2008 e 2014).
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1990 - 1997
Italy [Italia] » Canazei
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BIBLIOGRAPHY
 
WRITINGS
BY THE ARCHITECT
Gianni Pettena, "Mendini interdisciplinare/Interdisciplinary Mendini", Domus 876, dicembre/december 2004, "Libri/Books" pp. 112-113
Gianni Pettena, Sottsass e Sottsass. Itinerari di architettura, Testo & Immagine, Torino 2001
Gianni Pettena (ed.), Sottsass. L'arte del progetto, Maschietto & Musolino, Siena 1999
Gianni Pettena, Radicals, architettura e design 1960/75/design and architecture 1960/75, La Biennale di Venezia-Il Ventalibro, Venezia 1996
Gianni Pettena, "A whiter shade of pale", Domus 629, giugno/june 1982, pp. 2-5 (2-12)
Gianni Pettena, L'anarchitetto, Guaraldi, 1973
Gianni Pettena, Casa Malaparte Capri, Le Lettere, Firenze 1999
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EXHIBITIONS
 
 
…Per Immagini e per Parole…, Milano (Italy), Spazio Maria Calderara, 31 may / 30 june 2022
Forgiven by Nature. Paper / Midwestern Ocean. Gianni Pettena, Bruxelles/Brussel, ISELP / La Verrière | Fondation d'entreprise Hermès, 15 january / 13 march 2021

Forgiven by Nature, Paper Midwestern Ocean, Gianni Pettena, Bruxelles, Brussel, ISELP, La VerrièreFor the 6th part of the “Matters of Concern | Matières à panser” cycle, presented at La Verrière, French curator Guillaume Désanges presents “Forgiven by Nature”, a solo exhibition by the Italian artist and architect Gianni Pettena. It’s only natural that he thought of ISELP (Higher Institute for the Study of Plastic Language), which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, as the best place to exhibit the monumental work Paper / Midwestern ocean, a blank page on which the future of the art centre can be written. Made of thousands of strips of white paper suspended in space that visitors must then cut up with scissors, this installation will transform the exhibition rooms into a veritable labyrinth.

A link between his work as an artist and his vision as an architect, Pettena demonstrates with this installation, first created in 1971 for a conference at an American university, how constraining spaces can be. At the time, cocking a snook at the institutionalised environment, Pettena filled the room with strips of paper that visitors had to cut up to make room for themselves. It was a critical questioning of architectural authority that gave rise to an unsettling sensory experience of reinventing space, by modifying the route taken around the exhibit and transforming the perception visitors have of it. Fifty years later, Paper represents in some way a totally fresh start through the cancellation of space, just before the planned transforming work at ISELP. At La Verrière, a selection of objects, models, photographs, designs, documents, films and installations lays out the hybrid and generous practice of the artist. This is an exhibition that seeks to appear as informative as it is sensuous and that allows us to capture the breath of a spirit that is at once rebellious, idealist and playful.

Born in 1940 in Bolzano, Gianni Pettena is a major figure of Italian radical architecture of the 1960s and 70s. An artist, architect, designer, professor, historian and critic, he defined himself above all as an “anarchitect” who challenged the dogmas of the discipline. He has contributed to the reform of the architectural discipline, distinguishing his approach through the use of artistic techniques such as performance and installation

Several conferences are planned as part of the exhibition, including one by Guillaume Désanges, entitled “What Gianni Pettena teaches us” on 3rd March 2021 from 18:00 to 19:30.
Le permis de penser, Paris, Galerie Salle Principale, 3 march / 12 may 2018
Architetture naturali, Merano (Italy), Merano Arte, 22 july / 24 september 2017
About Non Conscious Architecture, Milano, Galleria Giovanni Bonelli, 12 january / 24 february 2017
Gianni Pettena (ed.), Pianeta Vienna e dintorni. Abraham Hollein Peintner Pettena Pichler Sottsass, Milano, Galleria Giovanni Bonelli, 30 november 2012 / 2 february 2013
Gianni Pettena, Prato, Galleria Enrico Fornello, 29 april/20 june 2009
Gianni Pettena | Luca Trevisani, Bologna, Neon/Campobase, 4/25 octobre 2008
 
 
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