Enrico Dusi

MDC, 2018

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Exhibition design, Milano, IT

Invited Competition

Location: Triennale di Milano
Year: 2018
Surface: 120 m²
Client: Massimo de Carlo Gallery
Design team: Enrico Dusi, Matteo Ghidoni, Roberto Ferraresi, Chiara Crisa
Photos: Louis De Belle

The proposal is a set-up for the exhibition 'Unico e Ripetibile', showing three different collections owned by Massimo De Carlo: a Weimar ceramic objects series, AG Fronzoni posters and Alighiero Boetti word tapestries.
Three concentric rooms with increasing heights articulate the exhibition path isolating and differentiating the three bodies of the collection. The plan of each room is rotated about ten degrees from the previous one: the exhibition path between the perimeter walls expands and contracts unceasingly. From the outside the exhibition looks like a mysterious ziggurat: a silent and timeless architecture, an archive / monument that represents the collector through his collection.

The rooms have different heights, 2.2, 3.7, 5.2 meters and side lengths of 10.4, 6.5, 3.5 meters. The supporting structure is made of 8x8 cm wooden uprights, of variable length, light and easily transportable. Externally, the wooden frame is covered with 2 cm thick MDF modular panels. The surface finish is rough, in contrast both with the materials of the room that houses the installation and with the surface and size of the works on display. The external treatment of the entire volume, made out of work on each single panel before being installed, is made of light pre-mixed plaster based on gypsum (vermiculite), a material generally used for the fire protection of steel elements, concrete or wood.

The chromatic choice and the texture of the surface emphasize the ambiguity of an exhibition that fulfills functional needs but expresses an a-temporal vocation: they enhance the suspended nature between the contemporary design object and the objectively excessive dimensions of a ritual architecture. Internally, the modular panels in 1.5 cm MDF, are painted white. Each room has two openings that allow the visitor to put in continuous visual relationship the three rooms and the works on display: the works of the first room with the second and the second with the third. This choice does not favor a pre-established exhibition path, but leaves the visitor wide freedom to enjoy space and works in a spontaneous and completely instinctive way.

Each environment presents a different and functional display mode to the peculiarities of the works of each core of the collection. The first room is designed to house the collection of ceramics produced in Weimar, the second the prints by AG Fronzoni and the third the tapestries by Alighiero Boetti. The ceramics are displayed both on the wall and on a continuous, 80 meters long and 40 cm deep, shelf. In the second environment the regular grid of posters saturates the wall occupying the entire available surface: a sort of wall for billboards and advertising or an archive of works, which highlights the quality of the graphics on display, the substantial number and their nature of prints produced in series. The hypothesis of setting up the tapestries of the central room provides a free and informal system, but lends itself to be adapted to different curatorial choices.

Enrico Dusi is an architect based in Venice, Italy.
In 2004 he graduated with Master's Degree in architecture at the IUAV Faculty of Architecture in Venice.
From 2007 to 2012 he was a researcher and teaching assistant of the "Master's Degree in City and Territories" at the IUAV University, Faculty of Architecture in Venice.
He has been guest professor at the Faculty of Architecture at the Università degli studi Roma Tre and lecturer at IUAV.
From 2008 to 2014 he was founder and partner of Spedstudio.
Spedstudio's projects have been published in many national and international magazines and exhibited at Villa Noailles at Hyères, France.
In 2015 he established Enrico Dusi Architecture which is working on a wide range of projects.


Enrico Dusi Architecture
S.Croce, 1392
I - 30135 Venice

Projects selection (shortcuts to works)

MDC, 2018
SANI, 2017
A ROOM, 2017
VR42, 2015
SQROOM, 2015

Projects before 2015

AALST, Masterplan, Aalst BE, 2011-2014 - Competition 1st prize
UMKIRCH, Masterplan, Umkirch DE - 2013
CASA DELLA MEMORIA, Cultural Centre, Milan I, 2012 - Competition 2nd prize
DAEGU, Daegu Gosan library, Daegu KR, 2012
RAUSCEDO, New Rauscedo's entrance, Pordenone I, 2012
GÖSTA, Museum extension, Mänttä FI - 2011
LOS GITANOS, Museum, Sevilla E, 2011
CARSO 2014, Outdoor museum, Gorizia I, 2010
CASA MEDITERRANEO, Cultural centre, Alicante E, 2010
AMBIENTE PRODUTTIVO, Masterplan, Verona I, 2009
TRAUTT, Trauttmansdorff greenhouse, Merano I, 2009
DARCY, Masterplan, Triel sur Seine F, 2009
MTL, Multiplex cinemas, Verona I, 2008
SHOWROOM A3, Cars showroom, Verona I, - 2007-2008 - Built
DEP, House dependance, Gubbio I, 2007 - Built
KLAKSVIK, Masterplan for Klaksvik city centre, Klaksvik FO, 2012
DAEGU, Daegu Gosan library, Daegu KR, 2012

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