The exhibition “Aldo Rossi – Drawings and projects”, dedicated to Italian architect and designer Aldo Rossi, will be inaugurated on June 24, 2021 at the Slovak National Museum in Bratislava. The exhibition is part of the 14th edition of the Italian festival in Slovakia “Dolce Vitaj”.

The exhibition is organized by the Italian Cultural Institute in Bratislava, the Embassy of Italy and the Aldo Rossi Foundation, with the collaboration of the Alessi Museum in Omegna and the aforementioned Slovak National Museum. The curator is Chiara Spangaro.

Aldo Rossi: copertina mostra al museo nazionale slovacco

The event presents the work of Aldo Rossi (1931-1997. Drawings and projects by the first Italian to win the prestigious Pritzker Prize in 1990, followed eight years later by Renzo Piano, will be on display. In particular, the exhibition includes projects Rossi worked on during the ‘80s and ‘90s, two very prolific decades that definitively made him an international artist.

Those who already know Aldo Rossi’s work will be able to observe some unpublished and precious masterpieces, while those explore his world for the first time will have the opportunity to learn about Rossi’s artistic vision. Among the works on display at the Slovak National Museum there are also two spectacular large coffee makers, on loan from the Alessi Museum in Omegna, “La cupola” and “La conica”. These coffee makers are still being produced and sold and are very popular among lovers of coffee and Italian design.

Aldo Rossi, architetto e designer milanese
Aldo Rossi, architect and designer

Aldo Rossi (1931-1997) completed his education in the 1950s at the Politecnico of Milan. Assistant in the studies of Ignazio Gardella and Marco Zanuso, he taught with Ludovico Quaroni at the Urban Planning School of Arezzo and with Carlo Aymonino at the IUAV in Venice. Adjunct professor at Politecnico of Milan in 1965, he became professor of Elements of architectural typology in 1970, when he also began collaborating with several American universities including Cooper Union University, the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies, Harvard and Yale University.

Rossi’s design activity was divided between the private and public sectors. Among the first projects he realized are the expansion of the De Amicis school in Broni (1970), the Monte Amiata residential unit in the Gallaratese district of Milan (1968-1973), the San Cataldo Cemetery in Modena (1971-1978) and the “Salvatore Orrù” elementary school in Fagnano Olona (1972-1976).

"La Conica", caffettiera disegnata da Aldo Rossi
“La Conica”, coffee maker designed by Aldo Rossi

In the following years, he worked on some public buildings in Fontivegge-Perugia (1982-1989) and Borgoricco (1983-1988), the renovation of the Carlo Felice Theater in Genoa (1983-1989), the extension of the Milan-Linate airport (1991-1993), and finally on the reconstruction of the beautiful “La Fenice” Theater in Venice, that started in 1996 after a fire almost destroyed the building.

At the same time, his fame grew beyond national borders thanks to projects such as the block between Kochstrasse and Friedrichstrasse in Berlin (1981-1988), the Hotel “Il Palazzo” in Fukuoka (1987-1989) and the Bonnefanten Museum in Maastricht (1990- 1994).

Branislav Panis, Director of the Slovak National Museum, said about this exhibition: “It is interesting to see, in the very poetic drawings that arrive in Bratislava, how much Rossi manages to combine beauty and practicality, characteristics that have not stopped to “his” Milan, but that have traveled far with projects that have reached Japan, the United States, Mexico, Malaysia, Turkey, Russia, other countries in Europe and of course throughout Italy”.

What emerges from his works is the joy of living and sharing public spaces, private spaces and objects. Among other things, Rossi designed various products for everyday use and furniture of great elegance for companies known all over the world, such as Alessi, Artemide, Bruno Longoni Atelier d’Arredo, Molteni & C, Unifor“.

Aula magna Castellanza Aldo Rossi

Vera and Fausto Rossi, daughter and son of Aldo Rossi, said: “We remember how our father sometimes dreamily talked about the Blue Danube, telling us the story of the mythological river that originates in the Black Forest, and which crosses some of the most beautiful cities in Europe, including Bratislava, flowing then into the Black Sea. These suggestions have always accompanied us, transmitting us the great fascination our father has always felt towards Eastern Europe. It makes us joyful to imagine his work exhibited at the National Museum, next to the banks of the Danube“.