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11.03.2021

Aldo Rossi. The Architect and the Cities

Aldo Rossi. The Architect and the Cities

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Molteni&C and UniFor are pleased to announce that they will be taking part, as sponsors, in the “Aldo Rossi. The architect and the cities” exhibition, produced by Rome’s Museo MAXXI, from March 10th until November 14th 2021, curated by Alberto Ferlenga.

Piroscafo bookcase designed thirty years ago with Luca Meda (1991), produced by Molteni&C. Piroscafo bookcase designed thirty years ago with Luca Meda (1991), produced by Molteni&C.
Parigi armchairs (1989), produced by UniFor. Parigi armchairs (1989), produced by UniFor.

The exhibition celebrating Aldo Rossi, over twenty years after his death, offers an opportunity to reflect on the great architect’s role in the sphere of Italian and international architecture in the second half of the 20th century. Exceptional material from collections and archives all over the world – both public and private, but primarily from the MAXXI Architecture Archives –, most of which on show in the Museum’s display cases, produced by Molteni&C, will enable visitors to follow the development and the thinking of the great Italian architect and designer.

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The Molteni Group and Aldo Rossi – An historic encounter

It was Luca Meda, who with generous intuition, brought Aldo Rossi into Molteni&C. The encounter was decisive. Rossi found what he was looking for in Giussano, Turate and Mesero – the object and architecture, design and special projects.
The Molteni Group loved Aldo Rossi, the chance to develop innovative designs, respecting their own philosophy, including the “art of making things”, the soul of the Molteni Group.
An extraordinary adventure, both human and professional, and a great example of how to live, breathe and share the culture of design.

A friendship that turned into a professional partnership.

The Teatro series(1982-84), designed with Luca Meda for a small Milanese theatre. The Teatro series(1982-84), designed with Luca Meda for a small Milanese theatre.
Carteggio (1987) is a tall, narrow, tower-like piece of furniture, completed at the top with a roll-up compartment. Carteggio (1987) is a tall, narrow, tower-like piece of furniture, completed at the top with a roll-up compartment.

Their partnership was not limited to furniture designs but was completed with intense work on staging exhibitions of his work: Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris (1991), Beurse van Berlage Foundation in Amsterdam (1991), Triennale in Milan (1999), to mention but a few.

Rossi’s last great project, which he was unable to see completed, was the reconstruction of the Gran Teatro La Fenice in Venice, with all the wooden parts made by Molteni&C, including the monumental model of the Sala Nuova, later Sala Rossi.

MAXXI - Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo

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