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THE REALM OF IDEALISM: Mario Botta Architecture and Design 1960-2017

Exhibition Info
Exhibition Period   September16, 2017 – January31, 2018
Exhibition Venue   Exhibition Hall 5-6, Third Floor, Tsinghua University Art Museum
Chief Curator   Feng Yuan
Project Manager   Yang Dongjiang
Exhibition Coordinator   Wang Chenya Francesco Meroni Wang Peng
Exhibition Team   Wang Chenya Zhong Ziwei Xu Nuo Liu Yaxi Lan Yu Zhang Ming Wang Zhao
Exhibition Design   Francesco Meroni Paola Pellandini Marco Mornata Liu Yaxi
Visual Design   Wang Peng
Host   Tsinghua University Art Museum
Co-organizer   Mario Botta Architetti
Supporting organization   Embassy of Switzerland in China
Exhibition Profile

As a world-class architect, Swiss architect Mario Botta has been known for the detached houses he designed in Ticino. The buildings he designed involve the types of school, bank, administrative building, library, museum and religious building, and the number of his architectural design projects is marvelous. The venue which hosts the exhibition is exactly one paragon of Botta’s architecture.
 
This exhibition focuses on part of the architectural and design works of Mario Botta between 1960 and 2017 which centrally feature  his architectural idea. The sections as ”Living Spaces”, ”Work Spaces”, ”Schools and Free Time Spaces”, ”Wineries”, ”Urban Fabric”, ”Libraries”, ”Museums”, ”Theaters” and ”Sacred Spaces”manifest the simple, clear, powerful and connotative  architectural language of Mario Botta as well as his focus on the integration of architecture and the surrounding environment. The section “Design” displays other design objects of the architect such as chairs, furniture, lamps, watches and so on. These objects could be seen as another representation of the architectural idea of Botta. The whole exhibition, full of humanity and ideality, perfectly and systematically shows the architect’s rigorous rationalist tradition, rich cultural deposits and contemporary architectural language with rich characteristics of the times.
 
 

Artist Profile

Mario Botta was born in Mendrisio, Ticino, on April 1, 1943. After an apprenticeship in Lugano, he first attended the Art College in Milan and then studied at the University Institute of Architecture in Venice. Directed by Carlo Scarpa and Giuseppe Mazzariol he received his professional degree in 1969. While studying in Venice, he had the opportunity to meet and work for Le Corbusier and Louis I. Kahn.

 

Botta’s professional career began in 1970 in Lugano. Known for his single-family houses in Ticino, his work encompasses many other building types including schools, banks, administration buildings, libraries, museums and sacred buildings. Since the beginning of his career, Botta’s work has been recognized internationally and honored with prestigious awards.

 

Along his work he teaches extensively in giving lectures, seminars and courses in architectural schools in Europe, Asia, North- and South America. He served as visiting professor at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale in Lausanne in 1976, and at the Yale School of Architecture, New Haven, USA in 1987 and since 1983 he is entitled professor of the Swiss Polytechnic Schools. From 1982 to 1987 he was a member of the Swiss federal commission of fine arts. In 1996, he became one of the founders of the Academy of architecture of the Università della Svizzera Italiana in Mendrisio (Switzerland). Today he continues to teach there as a Professor and he held the directorship in 2002-2003 and 2011-2013.

 

Works on show

  • SINGLE-FAMILY HOUSE Breganzona Switzerland 1984-1988

  • MOMA – MUSEUM OF MODERN ART SAN FRANCISCO USA 1989-1995

  • TSINGHUA UNIVERSITY ART MUSEUM BEIJING China 2002-2016

  • SAN CARLINO LUGANO Switzerland 1999

  • CHAIR “QUARTA” 1984 Made by Alias S.p.A

  • CHAIR “LATONDA” 1987 Made by Alias S.p.A.

  • VASE “TRONCO” 2001 Made by Alessi S.p.A

  • 13 VASES 1998-2012

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