The first stop on the tour had to be Rome, among the places dear to Sacripanti, in the city where he lived and worked all his life. The attic in Piazza del Popolo – where the architect had his studio – hosted in 1968 the project team for the Osaka pavilion. Rome is also home to the Sacripanti collection owned by the Accademia di San Luca and the MAXXI Museum. It is from these places that our tour officially began.
At the Academy, architect Francesco Cellini, former President, welcomed us with Anna Maria De Gregorio and Magda Romano.
The visit to Osaka’70 inevitably turned back the clock, and with Prof. Cellini we had a fruitful dialogue on the importance of the mix of various disciplines in the Osaka project, that peculiar multi-disciplinary approach that is much talked about today and that Sacripanti had already put into practice in the ’60s and ’70s for his most iconic works.
The project for the Expo pavilion was enhanced thanks to a mix of professions, in the same way that today the work of defining the space around us is the responsibility not only of architects, but also of artists, writers and directors. The virtual environment enables new possibilities and project modalities in the many disciplines that contribute to the shaping of the idea of contemporary space. It is among our goals to introduce the capabilities of these new technologies to all who work in these fields.
In discussion with Francesco Cellini, it was decided to show the the work of of Osaka’70 also to painters and sculptors of the Academy with the aim of encouraging a wider discussion on the new possibilities given by the medium of virtual reality to the world of art and architecture.
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