Tue, Mar 20, 2012 12am - Sat, Apr 21, 2012 12am

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The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at The Cooper Union presents the first

Carlo Scarpa exhibition in New York City entitled

Villa Ottolenghi and Villa Il Palazzetto
Selected drawings by renowned Post-War architect and educator Carlo Scarpa

Carlo Scarpa: The Architect at Work is the first exhibition in New York City dedicated to the renowned architect of Post-War Europe. The drawings on view create a window into the private intellectual space of the architect, uniquely illustrating the power of the eye, mind and hand working in unison to create an unparalleled architectural vision. The exhibition intimately depicts Scarpa’s thought process through the architectural designs for Villa Ottolenghi, one of his most well known completed works (Bardolino, Verona 1974-79) and Il Palazzetto, a series of architectural interventions that re-imagined the grounds of a 17th century villa (Monselice Padua, 1969-1978). Although the two projects represent radically different architectural conditions, the design of Ottolenghi and Palazzetto are tied together in how they demonstrate the importance of an architect’s approach in developing spatial ideas. As hand drawing has all but vanished from contemporary architectural practice, having been replaced by computer-generated images, Carlo Scarpa: The Architect at Work provides a rare opportunity to see the thought process of this prolific architect through his exquisitely personal drawings.
The exhibition includes:

  • A selection of twenty-two original hand drawings of Villa Ottolenghi, as well as eleven original drawings of Villa Il Palazzetto from three private collections in Italy - those of Ferdinando Businaro, Giuseppe Tommasi and Fabrizio Zuliani
  •  Reproductions of other Scarpa drawings of both villas from the Museo di Castelvecchio and the Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI secolo
  • Reproductions of historical photos taken of Villa Ottolenghi in 1978, just before it was completed, as well as recent and historical photos of Scarpa’s work at Villa Il Palazzetto

An extremely prolific architect, Carlo Scarpa (1906-78) born in Venice, Italy and was known for his distinct use of materials and poetic approach to the practice. He received international recognition for his restoration work on ancient buildings and outstanding exhibition installations. After studying architecture at the Academy of Fine Arts, Scarpa taught at the Instituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia from the late 1940’s, serving as Director from 1971 to 1974.

March 20–April 21, 2012, Opening reception: Tuesday, March 20 at 6:30pm
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 12-7pm, Gallery Closed: Sunday and Monday

The concept for this exhibition was initiated by Guido Zuliani, Professor, The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, and was made possible through the invaluable contributions of Guido Pietropoli, Architect, an associate of Carlo Scarpa for ten years. Carlo Scarpa: The Architect at Work was curated by Steven Hillyer, Guido Zuliani and Sara Jones.

This exhibitioin received support from the New York State Council on the Arts.

Located in the Arthur A. Houghton Jr. Gallery, 7 East 7th Street, 2nd Floor, between Third and Fourth Avenues

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.