29 Apr 2022 – 5 Oct 2022

Alfonso Femia. Architecture and Generosity

Curated by

Laura Andreini

Hours & Tickets Arrow

Where and when

From

29April 2022

To

5October 2022

Museo Novecento

Alfonso Femia signs the tenth appointment of the review The table of the architect, the series of temporary exhibitions made in collaboration with AREA magazine featuring famous architects, collectives and architectural firms of the international contemporary scene.

Exhibition Hours

Museo Novecento

Monday – Sunday

11:00 am

8:00 pm

Thursday

From 29 April to 5 October 2022, the internal loggia of the Museo Novecento will be transformed on the occasion of the Architecture and Generosity exhibition, a project that explores the intimate and design world of Alfonso Femia and his Atelier (s) starting with the representation of the Whale.

Imaginative and zoomorphic representation of the contents and values ​​of the studio, this symbol, which draws inspiration from the work of Pino Pascali, summarizes the founding values ​​of the Atelier (s) Femia through a series of thoughts that “come from the deepest abysses of the sea, able to emerge and create a fruitful dialogue with the different times of humanity“, declares Laura Andreini, curator of the exhibition.

Contrast and Time (the right tempo), associated with the figure of the Whale, are the two key themes at the basis of Alfonso Femia’s thought. The contrast of an animal that, although a mammal, lives in the depths of the sea; and Time – the right time – because it only emerges when necessary. A path of immersions and ascents, reflections and thoughts and their externalization only when ready to manifest themselves in the form of drawings, architectures and words“.

The Whale is therefore a paradigm of how Alfonso Femia interprets architecture: a journey of immersion in the depth of situations and places, of reflection on their history in order to formulate a project hypothesis that is harmonious and coordinated with contexts and expectations. of people.

All this develops along the two arms of the loggias of the ancient Spedale delle Leopoldine, where the “Imaginary Realism” of Alfonso Femia accompanies the visitor through colors, ceramic objects, drawings, words, sketches, videos and sounds coming from the depths of the seas.

Care, Desire, Exploration, Generosity, Responsibility, Travel, Narration, Thought, Territory and Continuity are the cornerstones of Alfonso Femia’s design thought represented in the silhouettes of celestial creatures, along the windows that surround the loggia. Designed by Gigi Pescolderlung for the book written by Alfonso Femia together with Paul Ardenne entitled La Città Buona. For responsible architecture, they accompany the exhibition path and symbolize the decalogue of intentions that the Atelier (s) adopt as a good design practice, to build a harmonious (still utopian) relationship between man and city.

Inside the exhibition there are about 30 works, including ceramic models and maquettes, in addition to the Mediterranean Bestiary conceived by Alfonso Femia in 2011 on the occasion of the OGR project in Turin and created by the master ceramist Danilo Trogu, who has always accompanied this voyage.
Precious moments “Inside The Whale” will be exhibited, inside the Whale: the people who “make up” the studio – architects, engineers, communicators, administrators; the hands in their extraordinary silent expressiveness; the cities of the Atelier (s), Genoa, Paris, Milan, a geographical and urban triad that creates explosive trans-design connections. Above all, the Whale and its star guides and travel companions.

Alfonso Femia’s table is therefore configured as a bridge between design, architectural, artistic, compositional and technological dimensions, between memory and the present, a paradigm of an intimate and particular dialogue with every place, city and territory. Thoughts that come from the deepest abysses of the sea that can emerge and create a fruitful dialogue with the different times of humanity.

With this exhibition we do not want to tell only our way of working and our works, we think it is an opportunity to transfer a necessary paradigm shift that focuses on the generosity and responsibility of architecture”, says Alfonso Femia.

ALFONSO FEMIA: ARCHITECTURE, PROJECTS AND CULTURE IN THE ATELIER (S)

Atelier (s) Alfonso Femia is an international architecture firm based in Genoa, Milan and Paris. The experience gained in more than 25 years of design activity, developed at all scales of intervention, is reflected in the depth of approach to the most sensitive issues of the city and the territory.

Founder of the Atelier (s) is Alfonso Femia: in 1995, creator and co-founder of 5 + 1, in 2005 transformed into 5 + 1AA and who subsequently, in 2017, changed its name to Atelier (s) Alfonso Femia . A continuous journey, marked by significant stages and evolutions, which has always placed the project at the center as a tool for dialogue.

He has carried out academic activity at the Kent State University of Florence, at the faculties of Architecture in Ferrara and Genoa and was a visiting professor at the University of Hong Kong. He is visiting professor at the School of Architecture of the Federico II University of Naples, at the University of Cagliari and at the School of Architecture of the Polytechnic of Turin.

His professional commitment is distinguished by two aspects: alongside the design activity a serious and in-depth research work developed over the years, both on the theoretical and laboratory front, hence the name “Atelier (s)”, and through surveys on the territory, dialogues in the field that create connections between architecture, people, their narratives and geographies.

There are six lines of research investigated: climate change with “Tempodacqua”; the Mediterranean territory with “Invisible Mediterranean”; the matter, “Right to matter; the school, “Social Impact School”; the city, “500×100” and “Regard (s)”. The sixth strand “Imaginary Realism” brings together the dimension of the imaginary with the reality of the project.

The physical belonging (the three Atelier (s)) to three different and complementary geographies – Genoa, Milan and Paris – characterizes an atypical professional aspect, a continuous contamination of territorial stories and memories, a true sentimental education in the architecture that finds synthesis in an ideally unique dimension. Hence the will and commitment to create, starting from the Atelier (s), a particular approach to the themes and complexity of the contemporary city.

This recognized peculiarity is reflected in the dense cultural activity and in the works carried out. Among his most recent projects, the Dallara Academy in Parma (2018), the new BNL-BNP Paribas headquarters in Rome (2016), Les Docks de Marseille (2016), The Corner Milano (2019), social housing in Milan (2020) , in Romainville and Asnières-sur-Seine, France. In recent years, he has won international competitions for the First Mint of Italy in Rome (in progress), for an innovative hospitality system at Europacity / Paris, for the Maison d’Action Publique at the University of Annecy and for the new city dello Sport in Cosenza, for the new school complex in Legnago (Vr) and for the Chittolina sports area in Vado Ligure (Sv), for the University of Avignon.

In 2021, he won design competitions under public tender in Bologna, Messina for the Citadel of Culture and for the new Cruise Terminals in Porto Marghera; in Marseille in France and private competitions in Barcelona, ​​Spain and Ravenna in Italy. The firm is constantly engaged on the international front, favoring the Mediterranean as an area of ​​interest.

He was guest editor of the IQD magazine dedicated to the Invisible Mediterraneans project, in 2018 and editorial advisor for 2019, developing the theme “Invisible Brazil” – together with Antoine Vernholes – and “Mediterranea”, a selection of international considerations and specific interviews , first expression of the Invisible Mediterranean research project.
In the same year he was artistic director of the third edition of the Pisa Architecture Biennale, with the theme “Tempodacqua”.

In 2021, at the invitation of Alessandro Melis, curator of the Italian Pavilion, he developed, in the context of the Venice Architecture Biennale 2021, an in-depth study of climate change, water and architecture.

From January of the same year, in the Journal section of the atelierfemia.com website, he opened a blog of reflections on architecture, the city and professional activity.

Committed as a designer, Femia works and experiments on every type of object that can bring into play the relationship with the material and its interaction with spaces. He collaborates with high profile industrial companies: Martinelli Luce, London Art, Castaldi Lighting, 727 TMC, Staygreen, Kvadrat, Albed, Erco, Xilo1934, IGuzzini, Merotto Milani, DND, 3F Filippi, Zambaiti.
In 2018, the Infinito handle for DND was selected by ADI for the Compasso d’Oro 2020; in 2020 the Drop by Drop lamp designed for I Guzzini won the German Design Award.

Recent interior projects include the i Guzzini showroom in Milan in 2018, the Poste Brune XIV in Paris in 2017, the interior fitting of the La Poste Group headquarters in Issy-les-Moulineaux, France.

With Danilo Trogu, master ceramist, he shared a study on ceramics through the creation of models and a study on the theme of the designer window frame (declined in the Palazzo del Ghiaccio in Milan, Italy and in the residential complex in Asnieres sur Seine, in France).
With Trogu, he also embarked on the “Bestiario Mediterraneo” artistic project, ceramic works created for the narrative architecture of the Marseille Docks and the Urbagreen residences in Romainville in France, which began with the Turin OGR project for 150 years of the Unification of Italy.

Among the numerous installations and temporary works, for the 2017 Salone in Milan, he created “The Chronotopic System”, for the Fuori Salone 2019, in Milan, he created “The other face of the moon”; for Milano Design City 2020 the “Disco di Nebra” and for Milano Design City 2021 “The infinite plot”, artistic objects / installations as part of the HoperAperta project by Patrizia Catalano and Maurizio Barberis
He is the author of numerous books, among the most recent, “La Bonne Ville”, co-written with Paul Ardenne; “I’m an architect”, professional biography written by Paul Ardenne, both published by Marsilio and AAM; “Scuola Social Impact” and “Tempodacqua”, edited by 500×100 Publishers.

Among the numerous installations and temporary works, for the 2017 Salone in Milan, he created “The Chronotopic System”, for the Fuori Salone 2019, in Milan, he created “The other face of the moon”; for Milano Design City 2020 the “Disco di Nebra” and for Milano Design City 2021 “The infinite plot”, artistic objects / installations as part of the HoperAperta project by Patrizia Catalano and Maurizio Barberis
He is the author of numerous books, among the most recent, “La Bonne Ville”, co-written with Paul Ardenne; “I’m an architect”, professional biography written by Paul Ardenne, both published by Marsilio and AAM; “Scuola Social Impact” and “Tempodacqua”, edited by 500×100 Publishers.

Artist

Alfonso Femia

1966, Taurianova

Concept and Artistic Direction

Sergio Risaliti

Curated by

Laura Andreini

Exhibition Project

AF*Design with Tapiro Design

Scientific Coordination, Set Up and Logistics

Francesca Neri

Eva Francioli

Andrea Benelli

Beatrice Papucci

Simonetta Cenci

Enrico Martino

Organization

Jacopo Manara

Press

Costanza Savelloni

Elisa Di Lupo

Comune di Firenze

Social

Giulia Spissu

Visual Identity

Archea Associati

Ph Credits

Serge Domingie

In collaboration with

Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia