Scolari Exhibit Receives International Accolades

November 16, 2012

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The Massimo Scolari career retrospective, located in The Arthur A. Houghton Jr. Gallery and closing on November 21, has gotten international media attention including coverage in The Architect's Newspaper, ARTINFO and Italy's Abitare.

The Architect's Newspaper calls Massimo Scolari: The Representation of Architecture 1967 - 2012 a, "beautiful and compelling exhibition," saying that Scolari's, "theoretical and historical musings about architecture and the modern city could not appear at a more appropriate time..."

ARTINFO describes the show as, "a rigorous survey of the Italian architect’s elusive vision. ... This retrospective reinvigorates an important dialogue, challenging the dogmas that gird visual culture now more than ever."

Abitare writes, "Through his visionary drawings and utopian paintings, the architect reconsiders and ultimately redefines notions of architectural autonomy and ideas about urbanism throughout his impressive forty-year career and oeuvre..."

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