Wednesday, November 30, 2016


1928/34 Armando Brasini (1879/1965)
“Brasini used the languages of the past, the classical and the baroque in particular, not passively and academically, but, in fact, creatively, considering them not as closed systems to be applied blindly but as open systems to be investigated again, asking them questions that had not been raised previously. Also the Eclecticism of the nineteenth century had been able in many cases to identify the way of creativity facing new functional themes, new dimensions and new technology, but in the use of historical languages it had adopted with few exceptions (Nash, Richardson, Antonelli, Basile) an instrumental attitude. Brasini came out of the eclectic orthodoxy looking for a continuation of styles, a search for an all-out development of the architectural language that would make it suitable for a different climate, a heroic climate, which could then seem credible and rich of future developments. It should not be forgotten that we are in the decades of the true and false revolutions that would have to choose between two types of rhetoric, the one proven by history and one to be invented, the rhetoric of modernity in action. The outcome was gigantism, rhetorical excess, theatricality imposed by the nascent film industry, but also the creation of works blessed by creative restlessness” (Paolo Portoghesi)
INAIL is the Istituto Nazionale per l'Assicurazione contro gli Infortuni sul Lavoro (National Institute for Insurance against Accidents at Work)
Built on the site of the demolished Teatro Drammatico Nazionale (National Dramatic Theatre) by Francesco Azzurri (1831/1901), on the site of which, during the construction in 1888, the Hellenistic bronze statues of the “Boxer” and of the “Hellenistic Prince” had been found
The two masterpieces are now in the Museo Nazionale Romano at Palazzo Massimo

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