Achille Castiglioni and Antonio Marras, Alvar Aalto, Palazzo Te, Mantova , Italy, 1998
For the exhibition in honor of Alvar Aalto, the ideal Italian destination was Mantua, a city that profoundly fascinated the architect.
Castiglioni and Marras have created a single gallery whose access is left in the shadow in order to make a junction between the intense light of the courtyard and the faint light of the exhibition. Highlighted by the upward inclination of the lowered ceiling, the architecture itself invites us to enter by leading the gaze across a gigantic picture of Alvar Aalto. The exhibition is accompanied by 54 projects of buildings, original drawings and sketches of Aalto accompanied by 25 plastic models and photographs. The exhibition choice favors the informal simplicity in order to avoid the viewer from the material exposed.The set-up consists of two sloping walls, lecterns and a row of columns in the middle of the space.
The sloping white walls give a glimpse of the structure of the architecture and it allows the dialogue with that modern – citation of the aaltiano Finnish Pavilion at the 1932 World Fair in New York – eleven gigantic pictures allow the visitor to orientate and draw a different path from the one proposed.