Pasticcio, the exhibition curated by Caruso St John, invites a group of seven contemporary European architects from different countries and generations, whose practice in engaged with the language and the history of architecture, both recent and ancient. Their work tries to establish continuities with an architecture before modernism. The group is formed by BIQ stadsontwerp bv, Bovenbouw Architectuur, Hermann Czech, Hild und K, Knapkiewicz Fickert, and Märkli Architekt. Themes include a consideration of proportion, ornament, typology, and interest in making interiors, in colour and in working with existing buildings, but the works are linked in spirit rather than in form or programme. The intention is to show how potent and diverse a contemporary architecture grounded in continuity and a common culture can be.
The title “Pasticcio” refers to a stone tower at Sir John Soane‘s Museum in London, which Soane designed using fragments of classical architectural and a finial of his own design at its top. Soane is represented in the exhibition through the drawing of his assistant Joseph Gandy and Caruso St Johns’s recently completed project for furniture in four newly restored rooms at the museum.
The models and drawings are displayed on top of a wooden table crafted by Gianfranco Casavecchia.