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Aldo Rossi
Aldo Rossi
* Milan [Milano], Italy, 3 May 1931
+ Milan [Milano], Italy, 4 September 1997
nationality: italian
Fondazione Aldo Rossi
Via San Nicolao, 2
20123 Milano - Italy
Tel: +39.(0)2.89.69.44.99
www.fondazionealdorossi.org
info@fondazionealdorossi.org
AWARDS
 
1992
Jefferson Memorial Award
1991
Aia Honor Award
1990
Pritzker Architecture Prize
BUILDINGS
 
1996 - 2003
Italy [Italia] » Venice [Venezia]
1996 - 1999
Germany [Deutschland] » Berlin
1992 - 1997
Quartier Schützenstraße
Germany [Deutschland] » Berlin
1990 - 1995
Céramique - Bonnefanten Museum
Netherlands [Nederland] » Maastricht
1990 - 1994
Italy [Italia] » Castellanza
1989 - 1994
Italy [Italia] » Verbania
1990 - 1993
Italy [Italia] » Pisa
1993
Italy [Italia] » Verbania
1985 - 1991
Italy [Italia] » Milan [Milano]
1991
Italy [Italia] » Milan [Milano]
1983 - 1990
Italy [Italia] » Genoa [Genova]
1988 - 1990
Italy [Italia] » Milan [Milano]
1989
Italy [Italia] » Rozzano
1987 - 1989
Japan [Nihon/Nippon] » Fukuoka
1988
Italy [Italia] » Milan [Milano]
1980 - 1985
Stadtvilla an der Rauchstraße
Germany [Deutschland] » Berlin
1985
Italy [Italia] » Parma
1984
Italy [Italia] » Turin [Torino]
1983
Italy [Italia] » Borgoricco
1980 - 1980
Italy [Italia] » Giussano
1979 - 1979
Italy [Italia] » Broni
1979 - 1979
Italy [Italia] » Goito
1979 - 1979
Italy [Italia] » Pegognaga
1977 - 1977
Italy [Italia] » Mozzo
1972 - 1976
Italy [Italia] » Modena
1969 - 1973
Italy [Italia] » Milan [Milano]
1968 - 1972
Italy [Italia] » Trieste
1972 - 1972
Italy [Italia] » Fagnano Olona
1969 - 1969
Italy [Italia] » Broni
1965 - 1965
Italy [Italia] » Segrate
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BIBLIOGRAPHY
 
WRITINGS
BY THE ARCHITECT
Aldo Rossi, "Per la Triennale / On the Triennale", Abitare 479, febbraio/february 2008, pp. 55-61 (54-73)
Aldo Rossi, "Museo Bonnefanten / Bonnefanten Museum", Maastricht: il nuovo Céramique/Maastricht: the new Céramique, allegato a/published with Abitare 417, maggio/may 2002, pp. 48-50
Aldo Rossi, "Un giovane architetto tedesco: Oswald Mathias Ungers / A Young German Architect: Oswald Mathias Ungers", Casabella 654, marzo/march 1998 [To be rather than to seem], pp. 18-19 (4-25) [republished from Casabella 244, ottobre/october 1960]
Aldo Rossi, "Isolato in Schützenstrasse a Berlino", Casabella 632, marzo/march 1996, pp. 26-39 (22-39)
Aldo Rossi, "La diversità di Berlino", Casabella 632, marzo/march 1996, pp. 22-25 (22-39)
Benedetto Gravagnuolo, Aldo Rossi, Adolf Loos. Theory and Works, Art data, 1995
Aldo Rossi (text), Gabriele Basilico (photo), "Bonnefantenmuseum a Maastricht in Olanda / Bonnefantenmuseum at Maastricht in Holland", Domus 762, luglio-agosto/july- august 1994, "Progetti/Projects" pp. 8-17 (8-22)
Aldo Rossi, Disegni di Architettura 1967 - 1985, Mazzotta, 1986
"Dieci opinioni sul tipo / Ten Opinions on the Type", Casabella 509-510, gennaio-febbraio/january-february 1985 [I terreni della tipologia / The Grounds of Typology], pp. 92-111
Aldo Rossi, Casabella 509-510, gennaio-febbraio/january-february 1985 [I terreni della tipologia / The Grounds of Typology], pp. 100, 101 (92-111)
Aldo Rossi, Architetture padane, Edizioni Panini, 1984
Aldo Rossi, A scientific autobiography, The MIT Press, Cambridge (USA) 1981
tr.it.: Autobiografia scientifica, Pratiche Editrice, 1990
Aldo Rossi, Progetti e Disegni. 1962-1979, Rizzoli, 1980
Rosaldo Bonicalzi (ed.), Aldo Rossi. Scritti scelti sull'architettura e la città. 1956-1972, Clup, 1978
Aldo Rossi, Scritti scelti sull'architettura e la città. 1956 - 1972, Clup, Milano 1975
Aldo Rossi, L’architettura della città, Marsilio, Padova 1966
Aldo Rossi, "Un giovane architetto tedesco: Oswald Mathias Ungers", Casabella 244, ottobre/october 1960, pp. 22-37
Aldo Rossi, "Il Convento de La Tourette, di Le Corbusier", Casabella Continuità 246, 1960, pp. 4-19
Aldo Rossi (ed.), Karl Kraus, Arnold Schönberg, Alban Berg, Anton Webern, Bruno Taut, Le Corbusier, Ezra Pound, Walter Gropius, Edoardo Persico, "Testimonianze su Adolf Loos", Casabella Continuità 233, novembre 1959 [Numero dedicato ad Adolf Loos], pp. 43-45 (43-46)
Aldo Rossi (ed.), "Elenco delle opere", Casabella Continuità 233, novembre 1959 [Numero dedicato ad Adolf Loos], pp. 21-28
Aldo Rossi, "Adolf Loos, 1870-1933", Casabella Continuità 233, novembre 1959 [Numero dedicato ad Adolf Loos], pp. 5-12
WRITINGS
ABOUT THE ARCHITECT
Beatrice Lampariello, Aldo Rossi e le forme del razionalismo esaltato. Dai progetti scolastici alla «città analoga». 1950-1973, Quodlibet Habitat, 2017
Stefano Boeri, Abitare 479, febbraio/february 2008, p. 54 (54-73)
Paola Nicolin, "La mostra come Architettura Autonoma: un testo di Aldo Rossi / The exhibition as Autonomous Architecture: a text by Aldo Rossi", Abitare 479, febbraio/february 2008, p. 55 (54-73)
Germano Celant (ed.), Aldo Rossi. Disegni, Skira, Milano 2008
Annalisa Trentin (ed.), La lezione di Aldo Rossi, Bononia University Press, 2008
Attilio Pizzigoni, Architettura dell'architettura. Aldo Rossi e il primato della realtà, Sestante, Bergamo 2006
Rafael Moneo, Inquietud teórica y estrategia proyectual en la obra de ocho arquitectos contemporáneos, Actar, Barcelona 2004
tr.en.: Theoretical anxiety and design strategies in the work of eight contemporary architects, MIT Press, Cambridge (MA) 2004
Pisana Posocco, Gemma Radicchio, Gundula Rakowitz (ed.), Scritti su Aldo Rossi. «Care architetture», Umberto Allemandi & C., Torino 2003
Alberto Ferlenga (ed.), Aldo Rossi. Tutte le opere, Electa, Milano 2003
Alberto Ferlenga (ed.), Aldo Rossi. The Life and Works of an Architect, Konemann, 2001
Francesco Dal Co (ed.), Aldo Rossi. I quaderni azzurri, Electa, Milano 1999
Marco Brandolisio, Ghego Da Pozzo, Max Scheurer, Michele Tadini (ed.), Aldo Rossi. Disegni. 1990-1997, Federico Motta Editore, Milano 1999
Marco Brandolisio, Giovanni Da Pozzo, Massimo Scheurer, Michele Tadini, "Aldo Rossi in Italia Settentrionale / Aldo Rossi in northern Italy", Domus 805, giugno/june 1998 [Sensorialità/Sensoriality], "Itinerario/Itinerary 146" pp. 103-110
Arduino Cantàfora "Poche e profonde cose / A few Deep Things", Casabella 654, marzo/march 1998 [To be rather than to seem], pp. 4-7 (4-25)
Salvatore Farinato (ed.), Per Aldo Rossi, Marsilio Editore, Venezia 1998
Albeerto Ferlenga (ed.), Aldo Rossi. Opera completa. 1993-1996, Electa, Milano 1996
Alexander van Grevenstein, "Lettera ad Aldo Rossi / Letter to Aldo Rossi", Domus 762, luglio-agosto/july- august 1994, "Progetti/Projects" pp. 18-22 (8-22)
Alberto Ferlenga (ed.), Aldo Rossi. Architetture. 1988-1992, Electa, Milano 1992
Maria Grazia Daprà Conti, "Libri/Books", Domus 715, aprile/april 1990, p. XI
Gianni Braghieri, Aldo Rossi, Artemis, Zürich 1989
Alberto Ferlenga (ed.), Aldo Rossi. Architetture. 1959-1987, Electa, Milano 1987
Bernard Huet, Patrizia Lombardo, Aldo Rossi. Tre citta / Three Cities. Perugia, Milano, Mantova, Electa, Milano 1984
Gianni Braghieri (ed.), Aldo Rossi, Zanichelli, Bologna 1981
Aldo Rossi, A scientific autobiography, The MIT Press, Cambridge (USA) 1981
Daniele Vitale, "Ritrovamenti, traslazioni, analogie. Progetti e frammenti di Aldo Rossi / Inventions, translations, analogies. Projects and fragments by Aldo Rossi", Lotus international 25, 1979/IV, pp. 55-65
Francesco Dal Co, "Ora questo è perduto. Il Teatro del Mondo di Aldo Rossi alla Biennale di Venezia / Now this is lost. The Theatre of the World by Aldo Rossi at the Venice Biennale", Lotus international 25, 1979/IV, pp. 66-74
Francesco Moschini (ed.), Progetti e disegni. 1962-1979, Centro Di, Firenze 1979
Daniele Vitale (ed.), Aldo Rossi. L'Architettura della Città, Clup, 1978
Rosaldo Bonicalzi (ed.), Aldo Rossi. Scritti scelti sull'architettura e la città. 1956-1972, Clup, 1978
Vittorio Savi, L'architettura di Aldo Rossi, Franco Angeli Editore, Milano 1977
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THE ARCHITECT IN CINEMA
 
Title
  Ornamento e delitto
Directed by
Luigi Durissi
Nationality
Italy
Year of production
1973
Cast
Architect's role
Author
 
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INTERVIEWS
 
 
Vittorio Magnago Lampugnani, "Colloquio con Aldo Rossi / Talking with Aldo Rossi", Domus 722, dicembre/december 1990, pp. 17-28
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EXHIBITIONS
 
 
Aldo Rossi, Kresby a projekty, Bratislava, Slovakia, Sídelná budova SNMAldo Rossi. Kresby a projekty, Bratislava (Slovakia), Sídelná budova SNM, 25 june / 5 december 2021
Aldo Rossi. L’architetto e le città / The Architect and the Cities, Roma (Italy), MAXXI Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, 16 december 2020 / 29 august 2021

A desire of expressing the greatness of his gaze, the complexity of his thoughts and research and the variety of Rossi's work is what breathes life into an exhibition which is extremely rich in materials, with over 800 pieces including documents, correspondence, models, sketches, drawings and photographs coming mainly from the archives of Aldo Rossi preserved in the MAXXI Architettura Collection and by the Aldo Rossi Foundation, as well as important loans, courtesy of the IUAV of Venice - Archivio Progetti, the Deutsches Architektur museum in Frankfurt, and the Bonnefantenmuseum in Maastricht.
In addition to Rossi's own works, the exhibition boasts photographic images coming from the many important photographers who have measured themselves against his work and have thus enriched the meaning of each work of architecture with their own personal touch. In addition to the famous images by Luigi Ghirri, the exhibition also features those by other important photographers of the likes of Gabriele Basilico, Giovanni Chiaramonte, Ugo Mulas, Mario Carrieri, Stefano Topuntoli, Antonio Martinelli, Marco Introini.

The exhibition is divided into two large sections, one narrating his projects in Italy, the other those around the world and three additional thematic; the first revisits his years of training in Milan, the others are dedicated to two of the most iconic projects carried out by Rossi: the Modena cemetery and the The Theatre of the World in Venice.

The exhibition itinerary starts from the very first thematic area, in the middle of Gallery 2, which is dedicated to the early years of his professional training in a post-war Milan, which was still recovering from the bombings and was immortalised through the camera of Enrico Peressutti. There, in the newsroom of Casabella by Ernesto Nathan Rogers or at the Casa della Cultura directed by Rossana Rossanda, emerged both the ethical need of a young Aldo Rossi to contribute to an architectural culture able to face the challenges of rebuilding after the devastation, and the poetic language that will be his faithful companion throughout his life. In this section, the vast scale replica of the Duomo Cathedral in Milan that Rossi kept in his studio can also be found.

At the two opposite ends of the Gallery are the thematic areas on the Modena Cemetery and that on The Theatre of the World.
Rossi thought of the Modena cemetery, designed in 1971 with Gianni Braghieri and to this day still unfinished, as a city of the Dead, composed of straight arcaded paths featuring two archetypal architectural figures at both ends: a red cube and a cone. This city of the Dead, notwithstanding its being so essential and metaphysical, stands very powerful and evocative, just as in the famous photograph by Luigi Ghirri, where the red cube, a shrine of the Dead during war, emerges on a white blanket of snow and is exhibited here with other photos that Ghirri took at the cemetery for the Lotus International magazine, as well as Stefano Topuntoli's aerial footage, that documented the rapport with the territory. The video-gallery is located just behind this thematic area, broadcasting the movie Ornamento e delitto written by Rossi himself with Gianni Braghieri and Franco Raggi for the XV Milan Triennale as well as interviews, speeches at conferences and documentaries.

The Theatre of the World stands moored in one of the most visible places in the world. This as evocative, joyful and ephemeral theatre unlocked the doors to international fame for Rossi. Built for the first Architecture Biennale directed by Paolo Portoghesi in 1980, this small floating theatre was located in front of the Punta della Dogana. At the end of the Biennale, it sailed to Dubrovnik and, once back in Venice, it was dismantled. Its construction and incredible journeys are documented in the drawings and the scale model as well as by the photographs by Antonio Martinelli.
Behind this thematic area, the Piroscafo bookcase, designed thirty years ago with Luca Meda (1991) and produced by Molteni&C, hosts the Quaderni Azzurri (blue notebooks), a sort of personal journal with thoughts, notes, memories and drawings that inspired the quotations of the whole itinerary of the exhibition.
Also the Parigi chairs (1989) produced by UniFor are on display in this area.

All along Gallery 2, in a busy and crowded central corridor that recalls a city’s urban fabric, 40 models are on display laying the basis of the two main sections of the exhibition. These are dedicated to the projects carried out in Italy and in the world, fragments of a poetic yet realistic tale of the cities, where the specific colours and features of the buildings breathe life even into faceless contexts.
These models interact with technical drawings, photographs, artistic drawings of different formats and made in ink, wax, pastel, watercolour, just like architectural compositions and fantasies, where real-life, out of scale objects are mixed up with architectural elements, creating fantastical urban scenarios. Drawings and photographs are arranged on the wall and on 40 tables created ad-hoc for the occasion by Molteni & C. In addition, several cases are lined up on the walls exploring more in depth different aspects of Rossi's work and thought, such as teaching at the IUAV, his relationship with the Venice Biennale and the Milan Triennale, as well as the one he had with the city of Berlin and with America, his discovery of Japan, his passion for the movies, his editorial activity, and his successful books such as The architecture of the city, translated all over the world, or the Scientific Autobiography, a sort of personal journal in which the creation of projects and the studying become one with his personal history.

In the section dedicated to his projects in Italy, stands a large 2x2m drawing of the famous the Analogous City, a remarkable reflection on an imaginary city, suspended between memory and desire, represented through the combination of urban features, historical pieces of architecture and projects all by Rossi himself. The Analogous City also features an experimental application developed by Dario Rodighiero, which allows the viewer to select any element of the painting and provides relevant information and references for further information.
Then come the projects for two of the most important Italian theatres, the Carlo Felice in Genoa and the Fenice in Venice, those for the Piazza di Fontivegge in Perugia as well as the “Gallaratese” in Milan, a long urban building which recalls the typical Lombard case a ballatoio, set within a larger housing development designed by his fraternal friend Carlo Aymonino, both intended as attempts to confer an urban dimension to the suburbs.
Among his projects abroad, which started with the large panel of the relief of the city of Zurich, which Rossi created during the years spent teaching at the ETH in this Swiss city, a significant one is the Bonnefantenmuseum in Maastricht, which is located on the edge of the Meuse river and is the most important museum built by Rossi.
The author of many museum projects and as many set-ups, he also designed the colourful complex of the Schützenstrasse in Berlin, a mischievous way of criticising the grey reconstruction of the German capital; the Disney Headquarters in Orlando, a colourful urban element in which the historical shape of Italian cities blend in with the verticality of their American counterparts.
Aldo Rossi, Santi Caleca. Monumental Memento, Milano (Italy), Antonia Jannone Disegni di Architettura, 7 december 2020 / 30 january 2021
Aldo Rossi e la Ragione. Architetture 1967-1997, Padova (Italy), Palazzo della Ragione, 1 june / 29 september 2019
Macchina Modenese, Modena (Italy), Laboratorio aperto all’ex Centrale Aem, 21 march / 19 april 2019
Aldo Rossi e la cornice veneziana, Venezia, Università Iuav, Tolentini, Galleria del Rettorato, 24 october / 13 december 2017
Aldo Rossi. Il Gran Teatro dell'Architettura, Milano, Galleria del Progetto, Scuola di Architettura Urbanistica Ingegneria delle Costruzioni, Politecnico di Milano, 19 october / 17 november 2017
Aldo Rossi e Milano, Milano, Fondazione dell'Ordine degli Architetti, 4 april / 5 may 2017
Aldo Rossi. Autobiografia poetica, Milano, Galleria Antonia Jannone, 12 november / 16 december 2014
Aldo Rossi. Opere dal 1980 al 1996, Milano, Galleria Jannone, 20 settembre / 31 october 2012
Aldo Rossi. Teatri, Venezia, Magazzino del Sale, 30 june / 25 november 2012
L’architettura della città, Venezia, Spazio espositivo Gino Valle, Sede Cotonificio Università IUAV, 28 october / 8 november 2011
Un Architetto_un’Azienda, Aldo Rossi_Molteni&C, Padova, Centro culturale San Gaetano, 5 / 11 october 2011
Aldo Rossi. Opere dal 1970 al 1980, Milano, Galleria Jannone, 19 october/30 november 2010
Aldo Rossi Cesena 2010Aldo Rossi. Due progetti. Architettura 38, Cesena, Chiesa dello Spirito Santo, 28 april/30 may 2010
Maurizio Scaparro (ed.), La Biennale di Venezia 1979-1980. Il Teatro del Mondo 'edificio singolare'. Omaggio ad Aldo Rossi, Venezia, Ca' Giustinian, 10 february/31 july 2010
Aldo Rossi. Identità lombarda e vocazione internazionale, Milano, Spazio mostre del Politecnico di Milano, Campus Bovisa, 26 january/6 february 2009
Disegni di Aldo Rossi, Milano, Galleria Giò Marconi, 16 april/17 may 2008
Per Aldo Rossi, dieci anni dopo. Disegni e modelli di opere e progetti dal 1964 al 1997 dell’archivio personale di Aldo Rossi dalle collezioni DARC – MAXXI con testimonianze degli amici, Roma, Accademia Nazionale di San Luca, 18 december 2007/25 january 2008
review: Antonio Labalestra, "Distruggere l'architettura. La lezione di Aldo Rossi, dieci anni dopo", L'industria delle costruzioni 402, luglio-agosto/july-august 2008 [Architettura degli ospedali], "Argomenti" pp. 106-108
Aldo Rossi. Inediti, Cesena, Chiesa dello Spirito Santo, 1 giugno/24 luglio 2005
review: Elisabetta Vasumi Roveri, "Aldo Rossi: inediti privati", Il giornale dell'architettura 30, giugno 2005, "Mostre" p. 27
Disegni di Architettura, Torino, Galleria Albertina, 1986
 
 
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