Complimenti D'Architettura [Complements of Architecture] (1978)
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  • Gianni Pettena (archive creator)
  • Gianni Pettena (artist)

Complimenti D'Architettura [Complements of Architecture] (1978)



Level of archival description:
Extent and medium:
  • 38 photographic materials
    18 digital files (68 MB)
    2 drawings
Scope and content:
The project series documents "Complimenti D'Architettura", an installation for the Biennale di Venezia at the Magazzini del Sale in 1978. The installation consists of a stone wall that showcases the different types of stone used as construction material over time, begining with uncut natural stone and ending with cut polished stone. "It is a symbolic history of architecture [...]: all the intermediate phases, from the collection of scattered pieces of rock, piled up to make a heap, to the hewn and polished stone, its surface as shiny as a mirror." [1] The installation was also presented at the exhibition "La fine del mondo" at the Centro Pecci per l'Arte Contemporanea in Prato, in 2016.

The project series contains photographs of the first edition of the installation at the Biennale di Venezia, and installation sketches. It also contains two photographs of the second edition at the Centro Pecci per l'Arte Contemporanea.

[1] Gianni Pettena website, https://www.giannipettena.it/italiano/opere-1/inst-complements-1978/ (last accessed 14 November 2019).
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Material in this project series was kept in its original order when it was first processed upon its arrival at CCA.

Venice Italy

Language of material:
  • English
  • Italian

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