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The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at The Cooper Union presents MASSIMO SCOLARI: THE REPRESENTATION OF ARCHITECTURE, 1967-2012

A comprehensive retrospective of the work of visionary architect and artist Massimo Scolari

Massimo Scolari: The Representation of Architecture, 1967-2012 marks the first retrospective of Scolari’s work in the United States since 1986. Originating at theYale School of Architecture in Spring 2012, with a nucleus of drawings first exhibited at The Cooper Union in 1977, the exhibition was curated and designed by Scolari himself. Featuring over 160 original drawings, paintings, watercolors, and other works completed over the past 45 years, the show highlights Scolari’s singular approach to the discipline, questioning the traditional approach to architecture, wherein the final result of an architect’s work is a completed building. Instead, Scolari re-envisions the representation of architectural form through highly detailed paintings, extending the boundaries of architecture and challenging the viewer to re-think his or her own understanding of the discipline. The exhibition includes some of Scolari’s earliest work, and reveals themes that he revisits time and again throughout his career.

An architect, artist, educator, scholar, editor and designer, Massimo Scolari was a professor at the University Institute of Architecture in Venice until 2000 and served as Visiting Professor at The Cooper Union (1977 and 1978), as well as other preeminent international institutions of higher education. Scolari has held exhibitions in Europe, Japan, Russia and the United States. His works are featured in the collections of MoMA, Deutsches Architektur Museum and the Centre Pompidou. He also realized numerous installations for the Venice Biennale and the Milan Triennale, and designed furniture for Giorgetti.

Massimo Scolari: The Representation of Architecture, 1967-2012 is organized by the Yale School of Architecture. Additional support for the exhibition is provided by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, the Turner Foundation, and by Elise Jaffe + Jeffrey Brown. The exhibition is presented in association with Archtober, Architecture and Design Month New York City, October 2012.

Free and open to the public.

October 2–November 21, 2012
Opening reception: Tuesday, October 2 at 6:30pm
Gallery Hours: Tuesday–Saturday 12-7pm Closed: Sunday and Monday

The Arthur A. Houghton Jr. Gallery, The Cooper Union
7 E. 7th St. (b/w 3rd and 4th Aves.), 2nd floor
NY, NY 10003
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