Roberto Gigliotti – Architecture in the age of display

Architecture in the Age of Display
In the framework of this presentation, i will argue that architecture exhibitions can represent a peculiar case in terms of spatial and exhibit design. Due to the impossibility of showing architecture in presentia, showing architecture has meant for decades reproducing it. But what happens when the work exhibited in an architecture exhibition produces, instead, a new spatiality? The boundaries between set design and work of architecture (or even of art) blur, and the exhibition becomes a ‘thing’ in itself. Considering architecture exhibitions as original objects they will be examined as if they were further architectures. This leads us to considering the panorama of the architecture exhibitions of the last twenty years as a territory worth being mapped. In this communication I will present a methodological approach, based on the visualization of different constellations of relationships between significant architecture exhibitions of the last twenty years, beginning from a grid of categories or keywords.

Roberto Gigliotti
Roberto Gigliotti is Associate Professor of Interior and Exhibit Design at the Faculty of Design and Art of the Free University of Bozen Bolzano. He graduated in architecture at the IUAV and obtained a Master in Landscape Architecture (MLA) at the Edinburgh College of Art. He researches in the field of museography with a particular focus on the practices of displaying architecture. Before having been appointed in Bolzano he was a researcher at the TU Darmstadt. He is vice-president of the kunstverein ar/ge kunst and has co-curated numerous projects with the cultural association Lungomare of which he is a founding member and was member of the curatorial team until 2020.

Foto: Mies van der Rohe, Casa Farnsworth, Plano Illinois, 1945 (Roberto Gigliotti, 2015)

*The lecture is organized as part of the Modul „Gebäudelehre und Kulturelles Handeln“ led by Eva Mair.



Roberto Gigliotti – Architecture in the Age of Display