Part of


  • Gianni Pettena (archive creator)



Dates of creation

circa 1980--2019

Level of archival description


Extent and Medium

  • 226 782 digital files (99 GB)
  • 1.21 l.m. of textual records
  • 891 photographic material
  • 447 drawings
  • 7 moving images
  • 1 model

Scope and Content

The series documents Pettena’s activities as a curator and exhibition designer from 1980 to 2004 and includes materials for most of the related publications. The material in this series relates to fifteen out of the over twenty-five exhibitions designed by Pettena, which were presented in various galleries in Italy. Pettena’s exhibitions include installations on contemporary architecture, such as an exhibition on avant-garde architects from London, exhibitions on Hans Hollein, on Richard Meier, on Ettore Sottsass and on Ettore Sottsass Jr. He also designed many exhibitions on architects of the Radical movement and the evolution of their work from the beginning of the movement to more recent years. The series also contains material for Pettena’s work on exhibitions on contemporary landscape architecture and the evolution of urban parks. Also included are a few documents related to exhibitions on Pettena’s work, either group exhibitions or solo ones, and curated by others.

The series contains research materials, such as publications and reference photographs, correspondence related to exhibition planning and the accompanying publications, exhibition proposals, and some installation designs and concept development notes. The series also contains draft texts, and documents related to the image selection process for the exhibition catalogues. Finally, the series contains installation views, photographs of exhibition openings and some draft exhibition and publication texts for exhibitions on Pettena’s work but that were not curated by him.

Reference Number



Records for each exhibition curated or designed by Pettena are arranged in their own sub-series (AP207.S2.SS01 to AP207.S2.SS16) in chronological order by exhibition date. The last sub-series (AP207.S2.SS17) documents exhibitions presenting Pettena’s work that weren’t curated by him. There is not sub-series AP207.S2.SS04.

Credit line

Gianni Pettena fonds
Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
Don de Gianni Pettena/
Gift of Gianni Pettena

Language of material

English, Italian


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