Archivo / Italia
Italian design in the Archivo Collection
October 22, 2015 - January 15, 2016


Archivo/Italia, a celebration of Italian design in the Archivo Diseño y Arquitectura collection, explores new possibilities for galleries and questions the traditional focus on objects exhibition.




In the second half of the 20th century, Italy was a crucial reference for the development of contemporary design and experimental architecture. Archivo/Italia offers different perspectives on Italy’s importance in the current history of design. With a wink to the legendary Italy: The New Domestic Landscape, curated by Emilio Ambasz for the Museum of Modern Art (MoMa) in 1972 in New York, the exhibition includes original projects from three emerging Italian design/research collectives –FIG projects, Salottobuono and Space Caviar– as well as complete spatial intervention by the young Mexican architecture office APRDELESP, questioning the role of the design museum/gallery in our current context. The exhibition goes further from the traditional point of view focusing not only on the object but offering parallel visions about design, architecture, media, and spatial practice.




About the interventions







Apropiación del Espacio (APRDELESP) has proposed a radical installation at the main space of the gallery, turning it into a work/research area during the three months of the exhibition. Apropiación del Espacio (APRDELESP) is well known for their development of “subspaces”, built case studies that blur the limits between the public and the private spheres.


FIG Projects




In collaboration with Luca Caminati, historian and Italian cinema specialist, FIG Projects recreates scenes from domestic interiors in classic Italian films to reflect on the importance of design objects in everyday life. The exhibition program includes a screening cycle showing these keystone works by Pasolini, Antonioni, Fellini and others.

FIG projects was founded by architects Fabrizio Gallanti and Francisca Insulza in 2003. FIG projects explores the boundaries between architecture, urban research and visual arts and promotes interdisciplinary initiatives. Wide ranging in nature, their practice extends from architectural explorations (new seat for the Literature School, Universidad Diego Portales, 2003-2005, Santiago, Chile; first prize Europan 8 competition, Kristiansand, Norway, 2006), urban studies (The Block, 2004; Sars Atlas 2006; Donde? 2006-2012) and curatorial projects (The World in Our Eyes, Lisbon Architecture Triennale, 2016).







Commissioned for the 1972 Italy, The New Domestic Landscape show at MoMA, Superstudio’s Five Fundamental Acts were conceived as a series of films centered on the relationship between architecture and rituals, in search of an “anthropological and philosophical reformulation of architecture”. The films were sketched in storyboard format and later published as a series of documents in Casabella. Salottobuono will produce a collective reformulation of the Five Fundamental Acts that, with over 30 international contributions to be included in a collective publication.

LIFE: Andrea Balestrero (Italy), Stefano Boeri (Italy), Ciguë (France), Nick Ross (Sweden), Giovanna Silva (Italy), Jean-Benoit Vetillard (France) EDUCATION: 2A+P/A (Italy), Aristide Antonas (Greece), Joana Rafael (Portugal), Curtis Roth (United States) CEREMONY: Matilde Cassani (Italy), Aaron Moulton + Jason Metcalf (United States), WAI Think Tank (China) LOVE: Laurent De Carniere (France), Lanza Atelier (Mexico), Miniatura (Brasil), Monadnock (The Netherlands), Stefano Zeni and Ester Ghislieri (Italy) DEATH: Baukuh (Italy), Ganko (Italy), Stefano Graziani (Italy), Amedeo Martegani (Italy), OMMX (United Kingdom), Thomas Raynaud (France).

The publication is edited and designed in Italy, and printed in Mexico City.


Space Caviar




The project by Space Caviar explores the tensions between technology, design and the domestic realm, through an intergenerational dialogue between Space Caviar’s RAM House (2015) and Ugo la Pietra´s Casa Telemática (1971).

Space Caviar is a design research collaborative operating at the intersection of architecture, technology, politics and the public realm. Based in Genoa, Italy, the studio uses exhibitions, publishing, writing and film to investigate and document the production of space and contemporary modes of habitation as forms of social and political practice. Space Caviar’s work has been shown at the Venice Architecture Biennale, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Biennale Interieur and the Munich Film Museum, among others.