Where and when
A wing of the covered Renaissance loggia on the ground floor of the Museum hosts a periodic project dedicated from time to time to an architect called upon to tell the public through images, drawings, projects and / or models set up on a table.
The first exhibition, curated by Laura Andreini, is dedicated to the work of Mario Cucinella, new director of the Italian Pavilion at the next Architecture Biennale.
An instrument par excellence of the architect’s practice, the study table represents what the easel is for the painter and what the score is for the musician, or the zero degree of creation. The table will host a Cucinella project and will be a testing ground for architects and young scholars.
Architecture plays a leading role in the Museo Novecento, a building which, overlooking Piazza Santa Maria Novella, assumes the role of trait d’union between the works of art exhibited inside and one of the greatest masterpieces of Renaissance architecture: the facade of the basilica by Leon Battista Alberti. It therefore seemed only right to invite architecture to enter a building that benefits from its vision so intensely. Art and its “container”, architecture, thus initiate a harmonious dialogue that we hope will be of great interest.
Mario Cucinella is the founder of Mario Cucinella Architects. With over 20 years of professional practice, MCA has developed a great experience in architectural design, with particular attention to the issues of sustainability and the environmental impact of buildings. In 2017 the American Institute of Architects (AIA) awarded Mario Cucinella the prestigious Honorary Fellowship Award. In 2016 the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) awarded him the nomination of International Fellowship 2016.
For the 2018 Venice Biennale he will be curator of the Italian Pavilion.
Mario Cucinella founded Building Green Future in 2012, a non-profit organization with the aim of integrating sustainable architecture and renewable energy to improve living conditions and access to resources in developing countries. In 2015 he established S.O.S. – School of Sustainability, a school aimed at training new professionals in the field of sustainability.