Opened eight years ago, the great seat of Mart to Rovereto, Designed by the architect of Swiss origin Mario Botta and in collaboration with Giulio Andreolli. Today, Mart pays tribute to its founder with an exhibition dedicated to his half century in business, which led him to disseminate private and public buildings in Europe and worldwide. “Mario Botta. Architecture 1960-2010” documents, in fact, through an exhibition divided into twelve sections and edited by the same architect, the most significant works carried out within this time. Over ninety projects, the first single-family homes to public buildings, libraries to museums to theaters, churches and synagogues, tell fifty years of successful work. All accompanied by extensive documentation: original sketches and models, photographs and unpublished documents.
The first of twelve sections for developing the exhibition, entitled Dating, Is a space that hosts the application memories and suggestions of artists and works, artists who have left an important mark on human and professional Botta. The route then winds through other sections, headed residential, workplaces, schools, libraries and leisure, urban re-stitching, museums, theaters, and sacred spaces of the Interior. It recounts the personal evolution that brought the Swiss architect to experiment with different types of buildings, in urban and rural areas, facing very different conditions. Of note, in particular, projects for the Museum Tinguely Basel, for MoMa San Francisco, for Centre Dürrenmatt Neuchâtel, until the restoration of La Scala in Milan and the same MART, with constant attention to the culture today and at the same time, history and memory that are the heritage of European architecture. From the stylistic point of view, Botta uses simple geometric shapes and basic, which are situated in the territory of shaping a space for specific functions of the life of the individual and the community, involved in a complex and hectic pace of contemporary society. The exhibition ends with a section devoted to set up, Sets and Design, with chairs made in the eighties Alias, designed lamps for Artemide, including the Shogun, until the recent table for Cleto Munari. The exhibition will be opened in Rovereto until January 23, 2011, will then be hosted by the Swiss branch of the Centre Dürrenmatt Neuchâtel.