Almost forty years after the 1978 Roma Interrotta exhibition from which it draws inspiration, the “Roma 20-25: New Life Cycles for the Metropolis” project aims to deal with today’s huge urban extension, the metropolitan city. In 1978 the twelve participating architects were asked to design Rome’s urban development by using Nolli’s map from the 18th century, as if Rome’s urban development had been “interrupted” two centuries earlier. Today the tools of architecture are still used, but within a regional framework.
by Diane Roehm
TEVERETERNO is very pleased to join South African artist William Kentridge in the Italian Pavilion at the Biennale di Venezia, where Kentridge’s drawings for Rome: Triumphs and Laments, a work in progress for TEVERETERNO’s adopted site on the Tiber River, are on view for the first time. Curator Vincenzo Trione invited Kentridge to exhibit in the Italian Pavilion as one of three international artists creating major works in homage to the country of Italy. Rome: Triumphs and Laments, a site-specific work for the City of Rome, now scheduled to open in April 2016, will be Kentridge’s largest public work to date.
The drawings exhibited are Kentridge’s preliminary sketches for some of the eighty figures that will make up Rome: Triumphs and Laments – a large-scale, 550 meter-long frieze, erased from the biological patina on the travertine embankment walls that line Rome’s urban waterfront. Rome: Triumphs and Laments will present a non-chronological history of Rome, exploring the laments that inevitably accompany any triumph; recognizing that one’s triumph is another’s disaster.
The charcoal drawings will be turned into ink drawings – one of which is exhibited in the Italian Pavilion – and the ink drawings transformed into full-scale stencils (one of which is also on view).
Kentridge’s stencils will then be used to power-wash the travertine walls of Piazza Tevere (between Ponte Sisto and Ponte Mazzini), which have been darkened by over a century of pollution and organic growth. The high-pressure hot water will remove the accumulated sediment from the original, white stone of the embankment walls – cleaning the area around the stencils to reveal a grand-scale procession of silhouetted figures along the Tiber’s western bank.
The work will open on April 21, 2016 (in celebration of the symbolic founding of the City of Rome) with the premiere of a theatrical event created in collaboration with composer Philip Miller, featuring two brass bands, a public parade and live shadow play against the backdrop of the frieze.
Italian Residents can contribute through 5×1000.
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The 2010 financial law (23 December 2009 n. 191) offers the possibility of the taxpayer to designate the recipient of a portion of their taxes equal to 5×1000 to non-profit organizations which support voluntary activities, social non-profits, and other foundations and recognized associations.
by Valeria Sassanelli
For the third consecutive year, TEVERETERNO took part in the international architecture event Open House Roma. On Saturday, May 9, we returned to the Janiculum hill to explore the passage of water as it descends toward the Tiber.
TEVERETERNO Director Tom Rankin, architect, has been invited to speak about Piazza Tevere as catalyst infrastructure at the 2015 Biennale Spazio Pubblico during the session dedicated to “blue infrastructure.” Join us Thursday 21 May 14:00-16:00 at Roma Tre DIPARTIMENTO ARCHITETTURA, Testaccio.
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