The exhibition features a selection of original vintage photographs, prints and drawings taken from the sketchbooks of Ugo La Pietra, the artist and radical architect who was a protagonist of the ‘Italy the New Domestic Landscape’ exhibition at MoMA in New York in 1972 with his ‘Telematic Home’ and representative of the Italian avant-guard movement of the ‘60s and ‘70s which became known historically as Radical Architecture.
The photographs on display date back to 1968-1972 and were inspired by La Pietra’s research into the relationship between the individual and the environment, ‘Divings, Sound Helmets, Audiovisual Environments’, and on the exploration of urban and extra-urban environment, ‘Itineraries’.
These works, often of a performing nature, captured by a photo or quickly sketched with Indian ink, trace some of the essential characteristics of La Pietra’s poetry, which found further development and application over the following decades up to the present day.
Ugo La Pietra biography
Born in Bussi sul Tirino (Pescara) in 1938, he lives and works in Milan.
A trained architect, artist, film-maker, editor, musician, cartoonist and teacher, in 1960 he started defining himself as a researcher in the communication and visual art system while at the same time venturing into the worlds of art and design.
His works are featured in the permanent collections of the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), FRAC d’Orleans, MoMA (New York), SF MOMA (San Francisco), Beinecke Rare Books and Manuscript Library (Yale University) and so on.