La cit­tà im­ma­gi­na­ria di Con­stant

Con­stant’s Ima­gi­na­ry Ci­ty

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Il li­bro rac­co­glie le ri­cer­che pro­pe­deu­ti­che a un pro­get­to espo­si­ti­vo par­ti­to nel 2012 e ap­pro­da­to re­cen­te­men­te al mu­seo Rei­na So­fia di Ma­drid. La sto­ria del pit­to­re olan­de­se Con­stant ha in­con­tra­to ar­chi­tet­tu­ra e ur­ba­ni­sti­ca quan­do nel 1956 ini­ziò a con­cen­trar­si sull’idea­zio­ne di una Nuo­va Ba­bi­lo­nia, una cit­tà esten­di­bi­le all’in­fi­ni­to, pron­ta a ospi­ta­re una so­cie­tà fon­da­ta sull’au­to­ma­zio­ne del­le fun­zio­ni, do­ve il la­vo­ro era so­sti­tui­to da no­ma­di­smo e teo­rie lu­di­che. Do­ve gli spa­zi era­no im­ma­gi­na­ti per di­so­rien­ta­re e in­ca­na­la­re un or­di­ne in­fi­ni­to di in­ter­ni la­bi­rin­ti­ci. L’abi­li­tà che gli ve­ni­va dal­la scul­tu­ra con­sen­tì a Con­stant di rea­liz­za­re pla­sti­ci e mo­del­li vi­sio­na­ri. I mol­ti li­vel­li di let­tu­ra del­la Nuo­va Ba­bi­lo­nia trat­ten­go­no an­co­ra og­gi le que­stio­ni con­nes­se al ruo­lo so­cia­le dell’ar­chi­tet­tu­ra. Ol­tre a mol­te im­ma­gi­ni di ope­re e do­cu­men­ti, il li­bro ri­por­ta una re­cen­te in­ter­vi­sta a Rem Koo­lhaas, che da gio­va­ne in­con­trò l’ar­ti­sta, e al­cu­ne fo­to­gra­fie del con­gres­so del­la Bau­haus Im­ma­gi­ni­sta con Asger Jorn, Et­to­re Sott­sass ed Ele­na Ve­ro­na te­nu­to­si ad Al­ba lo stes­so an­no in cui Con­stant ini­ziò la ven­ten­na­le pro­get­ta­zio­ne del­la cit­tà im­ma­gi­na­ria. (MS) This book brings to­ge­ther the pre­pa­ra­to­ry re­sear­ch work do­ne for an ex­hi­bi­tion project that be­gan in 2012 and re­cen­tly ca­me to frui­tion at the Rei­na So­fia Mu­seum in Ma­drid. Dut­ch pain­ter Con­stant ca­me in­to con­tact wi­th the world of ar­chi­tec­tu­re and ur­ban plan­ning when in 1956 he be­gan to con­cen­tra­te on the idea of a New Ba­by­lon, a ci­ty that would extend to in­fi­ni­ty, ho­me to a so­cie­ty ba­sed on au­to­ma­tion, in whi­ch work was re­pla­ced by no­ma­di­sm and theo­ries ba­sed on lei­su­re and play. The spa­ces we­re de­si­gned to di­so­rien­ta­te and chan­nel an end­less set of in­ner la­by­rin­ths. The skills he de­ve­lo­ped as sculp­tor ena­bled Con­stant to crea­te vi­sio­na­ry models of his ideas. The va­rious le­vels on whi­ch New Ba­by­lon can be in­ter­pre­ted still prompt ma­ny que­stions re­gar­ding the so­cial ro­le of ar­chi­tec­tu­re. In ad­di­tion to the ma­ny pic­tu­res of his work and do­cu­men­ts, the book in­clu­des a re­cent in­ter­view wi­th Rem Koo­lhaas, who as a young man met the ar­ti­st, and va­rious pho­to­gra­phs of the Ima­gi­ni­st Bau­haus Con­gress wi­th Asger Jorn, Et­to­re Sott­sass and Ele­na Ve­ro­na, held in Al­ba in 1956, the sa­me year in whi­ch Con­stant be­gan his near­ly twen­ty-year-long ima­gi­na­ry ci­ty project

Voya­ge Le Cor­bu­sier. Dra­wing on the road

Di­se­gni /Dra­wings Le Cor­bu­sier W.W. Nor­ton & Com­pa­ny, 2016 pp. 192, $ 35

Con­stant – New Ba­by­lon Mu­seo Na­cio­nal Cen­tro de Ar­te Rei­na So­fia – Ge­meen­te Mu­seum Den Haag pp. 318, € 35

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