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Angelo Mangiarotti - The tectonics of assembly

Angelo Mangiarotti - The tectonics of assembly

The travelling exhibit of Angelo Mangiarotti “The tectonics of assembly” goes on under the light of Giogali

The new venue of the travelling exhibit “The tectonics of assembly”, dedicated to the Milanese designer, architect and sculptor Angelo Mangiarotti, is Winterthur, Switzerland. Here from October 4 to October 20 2016 Mangiarotti’s selected works will be on display at the ZHAW, Department of Architecture, Design and Civil Engineering. The special guest is one of his most representative design creations: Giogali cascade of light, designed for Vistosi in 1967.


Mangiarotti for Vistosi: union makes Giogali

Angelo Mangiarotti is a personality that left his mark on the architectural landscape and the Italian taste of the post-war years, during the economic, artistic and cultural rebirth of our country. And it was during those years that Vistosi established with him a special collaboration, and a deep artistic and creative bond. This bond is figuratively and concretely represented by the Giogali 8000 handmade glass links. This dazzling decorative lighting system – designed by Mangiarotti for Vistosi – builds structures of any size and in various versions (table, ceiling, suspension, wall) with the modular glass link, all striking for their simplicity and refinement: these creations are based on the concept of “families of forms “ with one “genetic code”. This piece of design history, in which the tradition of Murano glass becomes subject and protagonist of Mangiarotti’s reflection, will be present at “The tectonics of assembly” in the form of the curtain installation: a cascade of light that will illuminate the halls of the Zurich University of Applied Sciences used for the exhibition.


The tectonics of assembly”: a journey in architecture, design and material
Organized by the Academy of Architecture of the Università della Svizzera italiana and curated by Franz Graf and Francesca Albani, the exhibition compares Mangiarotti’s selected works with a specific focus: an overview of Mangiarotti as a designer, builder and architect, engaged in his long career in different construction areas, like residential and industrial buildings, and exhibition locations. His was a critical and speculative approach searching for an architectural language that was not necessarily subject to function. It found its strength and uniqueness in “the tectonics of assembly”, establishing a dialogue with personalities such as Konrad Wachsmann, Fritz Haller, Max Bill and Jean Prouvé. He carried out this architectural survey almost as a lone fighter and one can perceive in it the same attention and approach with which he dedicated himself to industrial design: a constant search for simple and concrete forms that made him overcome the differences of scale, function or material.
The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue with the same title published by Mendrisio Academy Press with essays by the curators and Mario Botta, Thomas Herzog, Kinue Horikawa and Anna Mangiarotti.
The exhibition will be inaugurated on October 4 at 17.30 and will be open until October 20 from Monday to Friday 8-18 at ZHAW hall 180, Tössfeldstrasse 11, Winterthur, Switzerland.


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