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Architectural Thoughts/Drawings by Ugo La Pietra 1963 - 1990

Collection  of 22 architectural drawings by the author which cover a time span of approximately 30 years and which reflect his ongoing practice up to the present day.

This is an in-depth investigation into the drawing practice of Ugo La Pietra, a radical architect and artist, starting from his debut in the early sixties up to his maturity in the nineties of the twentieth century.

In this broad period of time, drawing, experienced by the author as an essential act of making architecture, proceeds without interruption with thought, engaging in a continuous progression of themes over  the decades. These are drawings and sketches, which it would be right to define as croquis, that is, models executed on a smaller scale than the work with a minimum number of strokes left in ink on paper.

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Ugo La Pietra ( 1938), lives and works in Milan.
An architect by training, he is an artist, filmmaker, editor, musician, cartoonist and teacher. He has been defining himself as a researcher in communication systems and in visual arts since 1960, moving in the worlds of art and design. A tireless experimenter, he has crossed different currents (from Informalism and Conceptual Art to Narrative Art and Artist’s Cinema) and used multiple mediums, conducting research that were embodied in the theory of the “Disequilibrating System” - autonomous expression within Radical Design- and in important sociological themes such as “The Telematic Home” (MoMA, New York,1972 - Fiera di Milano, 1983), “Real Space/ Virtual Space” (Triennale di Milano 1979,1992), “The eclectic Home” (Abitare il Tempo,1990), “Beach Culture” (Centro Culturale Cattolica, 1985/95). He has transmitted his work through exhibitions in Italy and abroad, and he has curated several exhibitions at the Triennale di Milano, the Venice Biennale, the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Lyon, the FRAC Centre in Orléans, etc. He has always critically maintained the humanistic,significant and territorial components of design through his works and objects, as well as his work in teaching, theory and publishing.
His works feature in the permanent collections of Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), FRAC d’Orleans, MoMA (New York), SF MOMA (San Francisco), Beinecke Rare Books and Manuscript Library ( Yale University), etc.

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