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A new Pier Luigi Nervi exhibition comes to the Maxxi Museum in Rome

2016-08-14

Pier Luigi Nervi was born in Sondrio, Italy in 1891. He was perhaps a Renaissance man of his time and a new exhibition offers a unique glimpse into the development and design of his genius.

MICAELA ANTONUCCI 
Curator of Pier Luigi Nervi exhibition 
"Forms raise from a structure in Nervi's idea and in Sports architecture this is particularly, you know, evident in some way.”

This sports architecture exhibition features over 60 drawings, photographs, and architectural makets of the famous sports arenas he created on a worldwide scale. From Stadio Berta in Florence to Rome's very own, Palazzetto dello sport is among some of his more known works.

MICAELA ANTONUCCI 
Curator of Pier Luigi Nervi exhibition 
"In the Nervi archive here at the Maxxi, we have all the materials that show the start and the end of the project. He always put them to an end.”

He used a combination of simple geometry and prefabrication to make innovative designs. He came up with a new way of using reinforced concrete, one of his many accomplishments that put him on the map and made him ahead of his time. 

Though there was great interest in the Nervi design of some of these international sporting arenas, some of them, like the Kuwait Sports Center and the Swindon Stadium in England, were never brought to life. 

MICAELA ANTONUCCI 
Curator of Pier Luigi Nervi exhibition 
"So, he was both, an engineer and an architect in some ways. He just put together these two different figures and that's why his works, technique, and aesthetics are joint, strictly joined together."

When mentioning Nervi, we cannot forget his contribution to the creation of the architectural beauty that the Paul VI Audience Hall in the Vatican possesses. The exhibition will be showcased at the Maxxi Museum until October 2, 2016.
 
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