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For the eyes and the mind: The exhibition theory of Bernard Rudofsky

The Austrian architect Bernard Rudofsky has regularly written about his work and the work of other designers, developing critical texts on the discipline of design, publishing essays and exhibition catalogues. He advanced his thoughts on design in his writings, and in his collaborations with the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, he was able to experiment with his theories on exhibition design.

Starting from the significance and achievements of the discipline, the purpose of this research study is to recognize the role of Rudofsky in the development of the theoretical, critical and historical discourse on design, and in particular that original vision of his work which he defined as the Art of Display, relating it to the historical context and focusing on the lessons to be learned.


The full version of this entry is only available in Italian.

Questo articolo è stato pubblicato in AIS/Design Storia e Ricerche, numero 6 settembre 2015

Ugo Rossi

An architect, with a Ph.D in Architectural Composition from the University Iuav of Venezia with a thesis on Bernard Rudofsky, he is a member of the “Housing” research group at the same institution, with which he has collaborated on various research projects of national interest (PRIN). He has lectured at several conferences in Italy and abroad. His essays, articles and reviews investigating and discussing the various meanings of “modern”, examined from Avant-garde to Rural Architecture, are featured in books and in Italian and international journals. His latest publications include: “The discovery of the Site, Bernard Rudofsky. Mediterranean Architecture” in House and Site edited by E. Mantese (Firenze University Press, 2014) and “Das Haus Rudofsky im Frigiliana: Bauen ohne zu zerstören” (Denkma[i]l, April 2014, 16). He is currently working on a publication on Bernard Rudofsky.

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