Paritzki & Liani Architects was invited to exhibit a project built in Israel, at the MAXXI in Rome. The exhibition Erasmus Effect is open until May 25th 2014.
From the exhibition catalogue:
An urban lantern in wood and glass in Norway, a structure for collecting water in Ethiopia, the MoMa in Chengdu, China, a museum in a tunnel for submarines in Albania, a house that blends into the landscape in Israel, not to mention Brazil, the United States, Russia and Germany: Erasmus Effect – Italian architects abroad curated by Pippo Ciorra at MAXXI. An exhibition composed of journeys, experiences and returns and telling the stories of the many Italian architects to have found success abroad.
Erasmus Effect. Italian architects abroad, realised by MAXXI Architettura, directed by Margherita Guccione, documents a specific aspect of contemporary Italian architecture: the ever-growing numbers of designers who choose to move to other countries. The title of the exhibition in fact derives from the name of European university exchange programme Erasmus, created by the European Community in 1987 to permit students to undertake a period of study at a foreign university.
However, the exhibition takes that literal meaning and expands on it to recount the stories of long-term expatriates such as Bo Bardi, Soleri and Belluschi and to describe a phenomenon that goes well beyond the confines of Europe and within which the desire for experience abroad is interwoven with the economic climate and the difficulties faced by architecture in Italy.