The thought

THE SEARCH FOR AN ORDER

“It is through our works rather than through ourselves that we spread our ideas” 

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Franco Albini never gave proper “lessons”, rather guidance and encouragement to observe the world, taking in the details, colours and shadows of the things that surround us.

His teaching essentially consisted of a school of life, its content laid down gradually without one being aware of it, steadily taking root, as his pupil Renzo Piano and his son Marco Albini said.

Albini’s tuition consisted of silences, most of which were due to “nursing”, or rather mulling over projects on which he was currently working and which he kept going over in his mind while engaged on other things, in line with Franca Helg’s principle of “holding a project in one’s lap, the way one does a child”. 

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Exhibiiton on Ancient Italian Goldworking, VI Triennale di Milano, 1936

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Scipione Exhibition, Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan, 1941