In Venice, in conjunction with the opening of the 15th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale, Marco Piva inaugurates his own exhibition “Designing The Complexity - Materials Colors Textures”, focused on the aesthetic and functional research behind the contemporary design planning.
The location is the “Scuola Grande della Misericordia”, a building attributed to Sansovino, an Italian sculptor and architect of 1500, just reopened after the renovation works by “Gruppo Umana”. The exhibition is displayed at the ground floor, which is divided into three naves by twin columns, while upstairs, in the great hall, it’s possible to see frescoes painted by Paolo Veronese‘s school.
The exhibition starts from the theme of architecture, which is presented “in action”, through 6 videos that illustrate the design’s activities of Studio Marco Piva, each one focusing on individual aspects necessary for the realization of an architectural or design work.
The aim is to narrate the design process: from the concept phase to the development, through the selection of materials, technical design and construction phases, until the completion. An indispensable research path in today’s design, that reveals the soul that lies within each work. From theory to practice, the exhibition then shows the connection between architecture and the materials from which is composed, presented by the companies that support the intense researches and experimentation activities of Studio Marco Piva. Different materials installations show the evolutionary possibilities that the research in the use of materials, combined with the latest technology, permits. A contrast between different, but complementary, beauties: on one hand, the timeless charm of the past, and on the other the possibilities of the present, to build-up a future of excellence.
A set-up that, mixing-up with the history of the place, explore the tactile and visual perceptions of the materials. Marble, stone and quartz, ceramics, glass, metals and colours at the service of the architect and of the contemporary design, but also a tribute to an architectural and design culture that creates one of priceless value of the Italian heritage.