10+1 unmissable exhibitions in Italy and Europe this summer

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Charlotte Perriand - L'avanguardia è donna, Galleria m77, photo Lorenzo Palmieri

A travel itinerary for all fans of architecture and design, taking in the 10+1 unmissable exhibitions on this summer in Italy and in Europe

Aldo Rossi. Design 1960-1997

Starting from Milan, we remind you that at the Museo del Novecento, on show for the first time in the exhibition “Aldo Rossi. Design 1960-1997”, there are over 350 furnishings and objects, models and projects designed and created by one of the protagonists of the visual culture of the twentieth century.


Open until 1 October 2022

Where: Museo del Novecento, Piazza Duomo 8, Milan

Curators: Chiara Spangaro, in collaboration with Fondazione Aldo Rossi and Silvana Editoriale

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Aldo Rossi, Papyro desk, 1990 Molteni&C. © Eredi Aldo Rossi, courtesy Fondazione Aldo Rossi

Charlotte Perriand – L’avanguardia è donna

Also in Milan until 25th September 2022, Galleria M77 is hosting the exhibition “Charlotte Perriand – The Avant-Garde is Female”, dedicated to the pivotal figure in 20th century visual arts, design and architecture. The exhibition traces the artist’s career from her early work in France with Le Corbusier and Pierre Janneret, to her encounter with Russian Constructivism and continues up to her experience in Japan during World War II


Open until 25th September 2022

Where: Galleria M77, Via Mecenate 77, Milan

Curator: Enrica Viganò

M77 Gallery


Mario Botta. Sacro e profano

The Swiss designer Mario Botta is the star of the MAXXI architecture exhibition in Rome entitled “Mario Botta. Sacred and Profane”. Invited to narrate himself through a site-specific installation in the Nature cycle, the artist has come up with a work made up of different and powerfully incisive materials.


Open until 23rd October 2022

Where: MAXXI (Sala Gian Ferrari), Via Guido Reni 4a, Rome

Curators: Margherita Guccione and Pippo Ciorra

Mario Botta. Sacro e Profano

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Mario Botta. Sacro e profano, MAXXI Roma. Mart, photo Enrico Cano

Riccardo Dalisi ’71-’74

In Turin until 30th September 2022, the exhibition entitled “Riccardo Dalisi ’71 - ’74” is devoted to the architect and designer’s experience in the Traiano district of Naples, where the artist strove to kindle socio-educative improvement, encouraging street children to design small furnishing objects and architectural elements with simple materials such as wood, string and metal wire.


Open until 30th September 2022

Where: Circolo del Design, Via San Francesco da Paola 17, Turin

Curators: Luca Beatrice, with Giorgia Achilarre

Circolo del Design


Anish Kapoor

The Anish Kapoor retrospective devoted to the work of the great Anglo-Italian artist runs until 9th October 2022 at two venues in the heart of Venice, the Gallerie dell’Accademia and Palazzo Manfrin, in partnership with the Biennale International Art Exhibition. The exhibition contains a selection of the artist’s most seminal work, putting the spotlight on his visionary approach, his pictorial sensitivity and his sculptural prowess.


Open until 10th October 2022                                         

Where: Gallerie dell’Accademia and Palazzo Manfrin, Venice

Anish Kapoor Exhibition

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Anish Kapoor, photo David Levene

Arbeitskreis 1972-2022, A European Constructive Experience

The exhibition “Arbeitskreis 1972-2022, A European Constructive Experience” is on at the headquarters of the Marcello Morandini Foundation, an elegant early 20th century Liberty-style villa in the centre of  Varese. The exhibition, on until 5th November 2022, marks the launch of the summer exhibition season dedicated to the History of Concrete Art, inspired by the geometrical Dutch Neoplastic tradition  and Russian Constructivism.  


Open until 5th November 2022

Where: Fondazione Marcello Morandini, Via Del Cairo, 41, Varese

Fondazione Marcello Morandini


Forty Years of Graphics and Design. The Meaning of Ideas

At the m.a.x. museo in Chiasso, more than 100 pieces, including models, products and machinery are on show in the exhibition “Forty Years of Graphics and Design. The Meaning of Ideas”, devoted to the work of the Sicilian-born designer Vito Noto, which runs until 11th September 2022. The artist’s oeuvre ranges from visual design to product design and industrial design.


Open until 11th September 2022

Where: m.a.x. museo - Via Dante Alighieri, 6, Chiasso

Curators: Mario Piazza and Nicoletta Ossanna Cavadini

Museo di Chiasso

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Arbeitskreis 1972-2022, Un’esperienza costruttiva europea. Fondazione Marcello Morandini. Photo Irene Bianchi

I Call it Art

Moving on to the international scene, Oslo’s new National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, designed by the architect Klaus Schuwerk, Kleihues and Schuwerk Architects to cut greenhouse gas emissions, holds the largest Northern European collection of art, design and architecture. The exhibition“I Call it Art”, which runs until 11th September, fills the Light Hall with works by 147 artists and collectives currently working in Norway.


Open until 11th September 2022

Where: National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo

I Call it Art


Long Live Wivi Lönn

Helsinki is paying tribute to female architects, pioneers of equality, with the “Long Live Wivi Lönn” exhibition at the Museum of Finnish Architecture.  Lönn was the first woman in Finland to set up her own independent architectural practice, notching up hitherto undreamed-of successes.


Open until 8th January 2023

Where: Museum of Finnish Architecture, Helsinki

Museum of Finnish Architecture


Arboretum and Espaces possibles

Two exhibitions on until 15th October 2022 at the Forum d’Urbanisme et Architecture in Nice, “Arboretum” and “Possible Spaces”, take the visitor on a journey into contemporary architecture in search of the “new city.” The Arboretum is a mouthpiece for architects and landscape designers, documenting a number of instances in which trees commune with architecture. In Possible Spaces the aim was to provide an insight into the movement of “third places.”  More than just an exhibition, it’s a meeting point, a hub of ideas. The birth of fablabs, coworking spaces, community cafés and other shared places concerns us all as inhabitants, users or citizens involved in a collective project.


Open until 15th October 2022

Where: Forum d’urbanisme et d'architecture, Nice


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I Call it Art, photo Nasjonal Museet

29 July 2022