PIANO NON FORTE: THE WORK OF RENZO PIANO BUILDING WORKSHOP AT THE ROYAL ACADEMY

Originally published on pinupmagazine.org

…In the show’s central section, a newly constructed wooden sculptural object shows models of Piano’s projects gathered together in an imagined island. It’s a hilarious confirmation of Piano’s sense of his own aura — a Randian landscape in which the needs, desires, even existence of others are eliminated. It’s also an indictment of the projects themselves — so disconnected are they from their locales, that Piano himself can imagine them uprooted and transplanted to the Island of Renzo. What’s more, once on the island, the projects are scattered around (via what appears to be some dreadful urban planning) in isolation — the object, indeed the exhibition as a whole, seems to say little other than Renzo Piano has built quite a lot of things, and here they are…

Originally published on pinupmagazine.org

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