MILANESE WONDERS: CINO ZUCCHI’S HOMAGE TO CACCIA DOMINIONI

by Secondome

An elliptical dome – sectioned by vertical lines that cut through it creating low archs and penetrated by vertical blades that serve as entrances – awaits the visitors of the Central Pavilion in the Gardens of Venice Biennale.Inside, spreads out a little big wonder of the Venetian exhibition: the homage tributed by Cino Zucchi and his studio to Luigi Caccia Dominioni and to the Milan born from the hand of the great master, who passed two years ago.

The set up is dedicated to the complex of Corso Italia, built between 1057 and 1961, and explores it on the big and the small scale, with three-dimensional models that set the building in the contest of a city reborn after the War and was living the boom, and the images – pictures taken by Zucchi himself, as a love act toward the master and his teachings – who give back the value and the strength of materials, colors, textures, of the openings on the public street and on the internal spaces.

“We knew that Zucchi met the great architect and this special relationship of his, together with his experience as professional and academic, we thought gave us the perfect chance to “re-read” Caccia Dominioni’s works”, say Yvonne Farrel and Shelley McNamara, the Irish architects curator of this year Biennale, whose theme is Freespace and architecture’s generosity. “To Cino Zucchi, architecture is the privileged background of our existences. His methodology as an architect makes him messenger for an eclectic approach, made not only of analysis nor invention, where customs and culture filter the gross data of architecture and the declared values are urbanity, city’s beauty and environmental responsibility”. Zucchi analyzes Caccia Dominioni’s work, organizing it in three separate groups: façades are the inhabited screens in the city, interiors are the recesses sculpted by light and movement. And details: narrations that move through materials and shapes, that Zucchi integrates with his quotes, from the Pompeian red stucco on the interior walls of the dome, to the refined chandelier.

A lesson about a lesson, given by Zucchi, who, not for nothing speaks about a “subtle pedagogic effect” of this rediscovery, as much as Caccia Dominioni’s “ethic approach”. “Each of his projects” says Zucchi “crates its own specific case that request peculiar solutions and whose limitations turn on the author’s artistic wit, creating amazing spaces and shapes able to solve, apparently easily, the variety of conditions they have to submit to.”

A wonder engraved also in the installation’s name “Everyday Wonders”.

Images © CZA – Cino Zucchi Architetti