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Avant-garde design and architecture

Radical Utopias collects the experiences of the radical architectural movement in Florence in the 60s and 70s.

From 20 October 2017 to 21 January 2018 the Strozzina at Palazzo Strozzi in Florence host Utopias Radicali, in addition to architecture celebrating the extraordinary Florentine creative season of the radical movement between the 60s and 70s.
In a kaleidoscopic dialogue between designer items, videos, installations, performances and narratives, the exhibition brings together the visionary works of Archizoom, Remo Buti, 9999, Gianni Pettena, Superstudio, UFO, Zziggurat, creative groups and personalities who were able to turn Florence into the centre of a creative revolution in the 60s and 70s that has marked the development of arts at international level. In all 320 works including clothes, jewelry, fabrics, porcelain, lamps, furniture, photos, photo-editing, collages, models and designs.

Radical Utopias brings together all the radical architects of Florence, half a century after they were active in the 1966-1976 period. This generation of artists, initially students linked to the faculty of Architecture in Florence, is the first in Italy to carry out a profound revision and a new vision of architectural discipline.
Initially defined as ‘superarchitecture’, ‘controdesign’, ‘conceptual architecture’ and ‘utopia’, the radical architectural movement in Florence featured an original and fruitful exchange between experimental and functional buildings and the visual arts, going well beyond architecture.

The exhibition aims to inform visitors about the times when the group was formed and operated, and explicitly describes both the international context, which gave rise to a radical research, and the great legacy that they left to next generations. Not surprisingly, most of the works and materials by the lead artists are collected and exhibited in museums such as New York’s MoMA, Paris’ Centre Pompidou, Montreal’s Canadian Center for Architecture, FRAC Center in Orleans and the MAXXI in Rome.