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29 August > 11 November 2012

Fondazione Querini Stampalia

Santa Maria Formosa
Castello 5252, Venice

Exhibition admission is free of charge

Please remember to get your ticket

Open daily 10.00 am – 6.00 pm
Closed on Monday
Tel. +39 041 2711411

The Exhibition

The exhibition dedicated to the Portugueses architect Álvaro Siza aims at exploring the most personal aspects of one the leading players in the international design scene. The 53 works on show were developed from travel notes and sketches and were personally selected by the artist for this event. They narrate his work in architecture as well as his concept of life. The work (that form a unique, previously unseen collection), shall be displayed in succession of prospects, dreams, memories, and the faces of unknown persons and friends encountered in that extraordinary “Journey without a Plan”, which is life itself.

Commissioners and Curators:
Greta Ruffino and Raul Betti

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Álvaro Siza

Álvaro Siza Vieira was born at Matosinhos (Oporto) in 1933. After attending the Porto School of Fine Arts (1949-1955), he enrolled in the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto (ESBAP) and after his graduation began teaching there. In the late fifties he opened a professional studio in Porto where he still carries out his activity. His works have been exhibited throughout the world, including the Venice Biennale, the Milan Triennale, the Georges Pompidou Centre in Paris, the Helsinki Museum of Architecture. Moreover, his work and projects have been published in the main international architectural magazines and his work has been the subject of many monographic studies. In 1992, he was awarded the prestigious Pritzker Prize and in 2009 he received the Royal Gold Medal, Royal Institute of British Architects. He has been awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale Common Ground, under Director David Chipperfield.

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Palazzo Querini Stampalia houses the Foundation created by Count Giovanni in 1868. It is one of the city’s most important cultural complexes and is located in the heart of Venice, very close to Piazza San Marco and Rialto. The ground floor of this sixteenth century residence was restored in 1963 by Carlo Scarpa and has recently undergone rigorous conservation work. The new area in the covered courtyard garden was designed by the architect Mario Botta.

Santa Maria Formosa
Castello 5252, 30122 Venice
tel. +39 041 2711411

Open daily 10.00 am – 6.00 pm
Closed on Monday

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How to get to the exhibition “Álvaro Siza - Viagem sem programa”

From the Railway Station or from Piazzale Roma
1. On foot via different routes: about 30 minutes
2. With ACTV water-bus line 2: get off at Rialto (after about 10 minutes) then continue on foot for another 10 minutes
3. With ACTV water-bus line 51: get off at S.Zaccaria (after about 20 minutes) then continue on foot for another 5 minutes

From the Biennale (Giardini)
1. On foot via different routes: about 20 minutes
2. With ACTV water-bus lines 1, 2 or 52: get off at S.Zaccaria (after about 10 minutes) then continue on foot for another 5 minutes

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Support Us

The MedicinaMentis Cultural Association - organizer of the exhibition "Álvaro Siza.Viagem sem programa" - would like to thank sponsors, technical partners and friends for their support and collaboration.

Medicina Mentis - Associazione culturale
in collaboration with
Fondazione Querini Stampalia - Onlus

Commissioners and Curators:
Raul Betti and Greta Ruffino

With the patronage of the Provincia di Venezia
With the patronage of IUAV
Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia

Official sponsor:
Happy Business To You

Technical sponsor:
Romani Group

Publishing house:
Red Publishing

Thanks to:
FAUP – Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade do Porto
Fundação de Serralves – Porto
Casa da Arquitectura – Porto
Carlos Castanheira
Teresa Siza
FG+SG Fotografia de Arquitectura
Studio Álvaro Siza

Associazione Culturale
Medicina Mentis

tel +39 041 950172

Fondazione Querini Stampalia
Santa Maria Formosa,
Castello 5252, 30122 Venice
tel + 39 041 2711411
fax + 39 041 2711445

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Press review web
La Biennale di Venezia - Collateral Events
VOGUE Casa - Mostras paralelas agitam Bienal de Veneza
Artribune, Alvaro Siza - Viagem sem Programa
INTERNI - Un Alvaro Siza più intimo e meno conosciuto...
DOMUS - Nasce come evento collaterale...
VSP - Accredito Preview del 27 Agosto 2012 Ore 18:00
Il Giornale dell'Architettura - Il Leone d'oro (più intimo)...
Medicina Mentis - Lunedì 27 Agosto 2012 Ore 18:00 Vernice
E-Architect UK - Collateral Event of the 13th Biennale
ArchiLovers - The exhibition dedicated to Alvaro Siza
My Local Guide - Alvaro Siza, 27 August > 11 November
Corriere della Sera / AT Casa - Disegnare per conoscere...
ArchitettiRoma - Biennale di Venezia: Viagem sem Programa
WorldArchitectureNews - The life of Alvaro Siza
Ordem dos Arquitectos PT - Na oportunidade da 13.ª...
RivistaSegno - Abbiamo scelto per voi...
Architectour.net - Viagem sem Programa is the title of the...
Social Design Magazine - Alvaro Siza, gli amici e la vita
ArchiPortale.com - Alvaro Siza, Medicina Mentis e ...
AgendaVenezia - Il percorso espositivo mette in luce...
Il mattino di Padova - Il terreno comune dove le idee...
Artribune - Biennale Architettura, 18 eventi nel segno...
ArchiWorld Nerwork - Alvaro Siza - Viagem sem Programa
Undo.net - Alvaro Siza
EdilPortale - Un progetto espositivo dedicato ad Alvaro Siza
POSI+TIVE Magazine - La Biennale di Venezia Architecture
MyWorld.it - Il vincitore del Leone d'Oro alla Carriera
ProfessioneArchitetto - Le opere si soffermano su sguardi...
ASIAC, 18 Eventi Collaterali alla 13.Biennale di Venezia


The catalogue of the exhibition “Álvaro Siza.Viagem sem programa” (in four languages and printed on eco paper), plus notebooks, postcards and folders containing a set of drawings are available for sale - as of August 27, 2012 - at the Querini Stampalia BookShop, leading Italian and international bookstores or the organization.
Bookstore: Medicinamentis.

Limited editions printed on "Crush" Favini Paper.