Carlo Scarpa's Tomba Brion: Photographs by Guido Guidi, 1997-2007

Carlo Scarpa's Tomba Brion: Photographs by Guido Guidi, 1997-2007 Carlo Scarpa's Tomba Brion: Photographs by Guido Guidi, 1997-2007 The CCA revisits architect Carlo Scarpa's masterpiece as part of an exhibition on photographer Guido Guidi.

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Carlo Scarpa's Tomba Brion: Photographs by Guido Guidi, 1997-2007

 

 

The CCA revisits architect Carlo Scarpa’s masterpiece as part of an

exhibition on photographer Guido Guidi.

 

Montréal, 11 September 2009 – The Canadian Centre for Architecture has chosen to

revisit an architectural masterpiece with an exhibition entitled Carlo Scarpa's Tomba Brion:

Photographs by Guido Guidi, 1997-2007, dedicated to the Italian photographer Guido

Guidi. The exhibition takes place from 11 September 2009 to 10 January 2010 in the

CCA’s Octagonal Gallery.

Carlo Scarpa's Tomba Brion captures notions of time, space, and light in the Brion family

mausoleum in Italy, considered to be Carlo Scarpa’s masterpiece. A long-time admirer of

Scarpa’s work and thought, Guidi’s interest in the Brion family tomb is reflected in this

decade-spanning visual essay.

The artist’s 54 colour photographs reveal the beauty of the funerary complex, its clean

Architectural lines, and the poetic nature of Scarpa’s work. With passion, meticulousness,

and a focus on minute details, Guidi imbues every frame with the richness of colour,

ornamentation, and purity of his subject. The artist invites contemplation of a piece of

architecture whose majesty reveals itself differently depending on the time of day, the

season, and the observer’s viewpoint.

By concentrating on particular architectural features of this major work, the artist invites the

Viewer to look beyond the whole. "In essence, I considered Scarpa’s architecture not only

as a manufactured object, but also as a machine through which to look at time. Or rather,

architecture in its “becoming,” as shadows on a wall that recall volumetric projections

drawn in countless mutations on a sheet of paper," explains Guidi.

This conceptual approach is illustrated by a wall text, written by the photographer and

subtly enhanced by the graphic design company FEED, located at the entrance to the

Octagonal Gallery. The art of Guido Guidi and the prolific work of Carlo Scarpa have

been the subject of numerous publications, many of which will be made available for

consultation in the area adjacent to the exhibition space.

 

BIOGRAPHY

Born in Cesena, Italy, in 1941, the photographer Guido Guidi began his career in the late

1960s. After studies at the Venice University Institute of Architecture (Istituto Universitario di

Architettura di Venezia; now Università IUAV di Venezia), he returned to IUAV in 1970 as

a photographer.

Over the course of his practice, Guidi has developed a cohesive body of work in which he

examines the contemporary landscape and its transformations. His investigations into

marginal places break with the tradition of depicting classical Italy and its monuments. He

has worked on several photographic commissions focused on landscape and his work has

been shown in many solo and group exhibitions, including Viaggio in Italia (1984);

LInsistenza dello sguardo, lInvention dun art (Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, 1989);

Muri di Carta (1993); The Italian Metamorphosis, 19431968 (Guggenheim Museum,

New York, 1994); Lio e il suo doppio (Venice Biennale, 1995); In Between Cities (2003);

Metamorph Trajectories (Venice Biennale, 2004); Trans Emilia (Fotomuseum Winterthur,

2005); and, most recently, Dieci fotografi doro (2009).

Guidi contributed to the exhibition Venezia Marghera: Photography and Transformations

in the Contemporary City, organized in 1997 in collaboration with the Canadian Centre

for Architecture. He has received significant photographic commissions from the CCA,

among them Mies in America (2001) and Carlo Scarpa, Architect (1999).

In 1995, he was awarded the Italian Photographic Book of the Year Prize for Varianti

(Udine: Arti Grafiche Friulane), a monograph on his mid-career work that garnered critical

praise for the excellence of its text and images.

He has taught and given workshops on photography at various Italian universities and

institutions since 1986.

 

GALLERY TALK

The exhibition is curated by Louise Désy, CCA Curator of Photography, who presents a

Gallery Talk on Thursday, 15 October at 7 pm (in French).

 

ABOUT THE CCA

The Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) is an international research centre and

museum founded in 1979 on the conviction that architecture is a public concern. Based on

its extensive collections, the CCA is a leading voice in advancing knowledge, promoting

public understanding, and widening thought and debate on the art of architecture and its

history, theory, practice and role in society today. The CCA celebrates the 20th

anniversary of its public opening throughout 2009 with an ambitious series of programs

and initiatives that underscore the achievements of the CCA.

The CCA thanks Hydro-Québec, RBC Financial Group, Loto-Québec

and BMO Financial Group for their support.

The CCA also acknowledges the Ministère de la Culture, des Communications et de la

Condition féminine, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts de Montréal,

and the Department of Canadian Heritage.

 

INFO

Centre Canadien d’Architecture

Canadian Centre for Architecture

1920, rue Baile

Montréal, Québec

CanadaH3H 2S6

t 514 939 7000

f 514 939 7020

www.cca.qc.ca

 

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