Morris Adjmi Architects

Aldo Rossi

This exhibition of drawings and paintings by celebrated Italian architect Aldo Rossi (1931-1997) marks the inauguration of the art program at the MA office and honors the foundational importance of Rossi as Morris Adjmi’s teacher, mentor, and partner.

The exhibited works range from small personal watercolors of somber urban vignettes inspired by the metaphysical landscapes of Giorgio de Chirico to large, colorful canvases depicting evocative buildings, and cityscapes drawn from Rossi’s memory. The repeated motifs in these works not only transcend time and place, they transcend scale. A single archetypal form could be used to represent a coffee pot or a cemetery, and many of his paintings reinforce this scalar agnosticism by blurring the distinction between object and architecture, still-life and skyline.

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