Venice Biennale 2012: Álvaro Siza. Viagem sem Programa

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Álvaro Siza. Viagem sem Programa, on display at the Fondazione Querini Stampalia through the duration of the Venice Biennale, narrates the most personal aspects of Álvaro Siza’s work in architecture and his concept of life. In response to Siza being announced as the recipient of the 2012 Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement, curators Greta Ruffino and Raul Betti, along with organizer MedicinaMentis Cultural Association, began to work closely with the Portuguese master to put together this one-of-a-kind retrospective.

The exhibition features an exclusive collection of 53 works, personally selected by the architect himself, that were developed from travel notes and sketches, along with a 38-minute video interview.

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Curators Greta Ruffino and Raul Betti explain: “The exhibition explores the qualities of human nature and design culture alike, with a view to revealing the indissoluble link between these to factors and the Portuguese artist’s most intimate sentiments. It is thus an emotive itinerary that expresses his acute capacity for observation, which he then translates into tangible fragments of reality.”

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Cite: Rosenfield, Karissa. "Venice Biennale 2012: Álvaro Siza. Viagem sem Programa" 18 Sep 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 19 Sep 2014. <>

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