“Superstudio Migrazioni” exhibition at CIVA Brussels

Spanning architecture, design, art and anthropology, Superstudio’s work remains intriguingly contemporary. The exhibition proposes a thematic and chronological journey through what is still one of the most radical and original bodies of work of the twentieth-century architectural production.

Superstudio, Misura series, 1969–1972, Visita primaverile nello showroom (with Angiolino and Gino Lepri), 1970. © Photo. Cristiano Toraldo di Francia. Archivio Toraldo di Francia, Filottrano

At first “super” and fundamentally realistic, and adopting consumption and production mechanisms in an ironic and critical manner, Superstudio’s architecture evolved to encompass “things, the body, the Earth,” before dissolving all materiality, retaining only a symbolic dimension and blending with life itself.

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“Superstudio Migrazioni”
January 15, 2021 – May 16, 2021
CIVA Brussels
Rue de l’Ermitage 55, 1050 Brussels

Begun in 1966, Superstudio’s adventure led its members to speculate, for more than a decade, on the ways in which to inhabit the world as transformed by capitalist forces and technological evolutions.

Superstudio, Il Monumento Continuo, 1969 – 1970, Positano, 1969. Collage, graphite and prints on tracing paper, original mount. © Centre Pompidou, Mnam-CCI
Superstudio, Il Monumento Continuo, 1969–1970, Nel deserto del Sahara, 1969. Graphite on paper, mounted on photograph printed on rotogravure, scotch. © Archivio Superstudio

This is what the exhibition explores through the prism of ‘migrations’ (migrazioni). Borrowed from Superstudio’s vocabulary, this notion serves as a conceptual and poetic key to dive into the group’s architecture, which its members understood as an activity of production, elaboration and continuous transmission of ideas.

Crossing traditional disciplinary categories and geographic borders, Superstudio’s projects have travelled in the globalized world they depicted, from Florence to Tokyo. The group’s critical and excessive visions circulated widely and were at the heart of the dialogues Superstudio developed with some of the protagonists of the architectural scene in the second half of the twentieth century. Alongside the group’s oeuvre, the exhibition will present the work of 9999, Archizoom, Hiromi Fujii, Hans Hollein, Arata Isozaki, Rem Koolhaas, Ugo La Pietra, Leonardo Ricci, Aldo Rossi, Leonardo Savioli, Ettore Sottsass and Bernard Tschumi.

Superstudio, Gli Atti Fondamentali, Vita (Supersuperficie), 1971 – 1972, Supersurface Sunset, 1971. Photo-collage and ballpoint pen on photographic print and illustrated paper. © Centre Pompidou, Mnam-CCI

Superstudio Migrazioni features the group’s inventive and elegantly crafted works (photocollages, drawings, installations, models and films) alongside industrial design objects and furniture, revealing the wide range of the group’s projects. The exhibition benefits from the exceptional loan of the original works from the Centre Pompidou collection and from Superstudio’s archives: some exhibits have not been shown for more than 15 years.

Superstudio, Supersuperficie, Italy: The New Domestic Landscape, MoMA, 1972, Original microenvironment for the exhibition. © Photo. Cristiano Toraldo di Francia. Archivio Toraldo di Francia, Filottrano
Superstudio Gli Atti Fondamentali, Vita (Supersuperficie) 1971-72 Viaggio da A a B, 1971. Photography of the original photomontage. © Archivio Toraldo di Francia, Filottrano

A series of events and tours make it possible to engage with Superstudio’s oeuvre in a variety of ways and reveal how, fifty years after the group’s creation, their work resonates strikingly with our contemporary world.

Superstudio, Un catalogo di ville, 1968 – 1970, Villa suburbana A6, Villa Cubica model, 1968. Cardboard, graph paper and brass. © Centre Pompidou, Mnam-CCI
Superstudio, Un catalogo di ville, 1968 – 1970, Villa suburbana A6, Villa Cubica, 1969. © Cristiano Toraldo di Francia. Archivio Toraldo di Francia, Filottrano (AN) Italy