Allestimenti Idee, Forme, Intenzioni / Installation Ideas, Forms, Intentions
The undisputed Master of “putting on exhibitions,” the architect Pierluigi Cerri, one of the founding partners of Gregotti & Associati in 1974, is discussed through 30 or so of his over 100 displays, explored, taken apart and redesigned thanks to a painstaking trawl through the archives by the architects Yuri Mastromattei and Lola Ottolini, who worked alongside him during his tenure at Milan Polytechnic University, from 2000 to 2010, as well as various exhibition installations.
Packed with exhibitions on art, architecture, photography and graphic design, not to mention furniture, objects and cars, as well as on concepts, ideals, ancient peoples, leading figures and a great deal more, this monograph takes us into a landscape of “narrative spaces” in the most varied of places – from ancient palazzi to industrial warehouses, museums, factories and art galleries – that invite the visitor to decode not just the exhibits, but also the signs and objects they reference. According to the curators: “Cerri’s architecture is always silent, it never takes away from what it is meant to demonstrate. It leaves room for interpretation. It suggests, it doesn’t impose. It does not distract.” He is always driven by an endless curiosity, reflected in his many skills as an architect, designer and graphic artist. The displays mentioned also include some of the Salone del Mobile collateral events, such as Italian Furniture 1961/1991. Languages through the Various Ages at the Triennale di Milano in 1991 and Entrez Lentement at the Arnaldo Pomodoro Foundation in 2005.
Title: Pierluigi Cerri, Allestimenti Idee, Forme, Intenzioni / Pierluigi Cerri, Installation Ideas, Forms, Intentions
Authors: Yuri Mastromattei and Lola Ottolini
Publisher: Skira Editore
Published: 2022, July
Pages: 180, with 190 illustrations