Stadia with innovative structures, diving boards that have become icons, sports centres with lace-like concrete domes, in the long career of Pier Luigi Nervi (1891 – 1979) research into sports facilities was a continuous fil rouge. From the first stadium built in Florence in 1929 to the Kuwait Sports Centre from 1968, 22 projects and their stories make up the exhibition Pier Luigi Nervi. Architecture for Sport curated by Micaela Antonucci with Annalisa Trentin and Tomaso Trombetti of the University of Bologna at MAXXI from 5 February to 2 October 2016.
“This exhibition traces the constructional and formal genesis of Pier Luigi Nervi’s architecture for sport – from the football stadia to the sports halls and the swimming pools – that in the collective imagination have been and still are remarkable settings for sporting events”, says Margherita Guccione Director of MAXXI Architettura. “A model of success, one of the most important early expressions of the Made in Italy phenomenon and a fundamental point of reference for contemporary architecture and engineering.”
The exhibition features over 100 photographs, original drawings and documents drawn from the rich heritage of the Archivio Pier Luigi Nervi, part of the MAXXI Architettura Archives Centre and presented together with four models of the stadia from Florence, Rome, Swindon and Kuwait made by LaMo and Laboratorio Modelli di Architettura and the Laboratorio di Modellazione e Visualizzazione Digitale per l’Architettura) of the University of Bologna.
Organized on a chronological basis, the exhibition brings together the works in three sections: Experimentation and innovation (1929/49), Concrete Champion (1950/60), From Italy to the world (1961/79), paying particular attention to the football stadia.
5 February – 2 October 2016 @ MAXXI – National Museum of XXI Century Arts