of Architecture


Exhibitions 2009-10


Each year the Mendrisio Academy of Architecture presents a rich program of exhibitions. Officially opened in academic year 2005-2006, the Gallery hosts exhibitions on architecture, urban planning, art and photography: monographic exhibitions, devoted to professionals and artists with international reputations, rapidly growing cities, buildings with distinctive design histories. But the space is also used for illustrating the results of teaching and researches conducted by the Academy in collaboration with Foundations and Institutes.

  • Director
    • Valentin Bearth
  • Responsible
    • Stefania Murer
  • Logistics
    • Pasquale Carminati
    • Marco Corti
    • Francesco Talaia

The result of an open competition launched in summer 1967, the Baths of Bellinzona provide the first concrete manifestation of the “territorial architecture” that has characterized architecture in Ticino ever since the late sixties down to the latest developments. Drawing on largely unpublished materials in the Archivio del Moderno in Mendrisio, Fondo Aurelio Galfetti, supplemented by drawings, photographs and documents from the private archives of Flora Ruchat-Roncati and Ivo Trümpy and other public and private sources, the exhibition presented a critical reading of the work, tracing its genesis and bringing out its exemplary qualities.
The catalog has been published by Mendrisio Academy Press.

Il Bagno di Bellinzona

di Aurelio Galfetti,

Flora Ruchat-Roncati, Ivo Trümpy
18 September – 2 November 2009
organized by

Mendrisio Academy of Architecture

and Archivio del Moderno, Mendrisio

Michele Arnaboldi, architect and urban planner, graduated from the Zurich Polytechnic, opened his own office in Locarno, while also devoting himself to teaching. His architectural works are created as dwelling places, designed and built in close relationship with the landscape, capable of reinterpreting the topography and morphology of the site. The homes he has built enhance the domestic dimension: large apertures illuminate the interiors and relate them to the exteriors, with warm colours that create a sense of well being and the use of a small range of materials that facilitate the reading of space.

Michele Arnaboldi, architetture
27 November – 24 January 2010
organized by

Mendrisio Academy of Architecture

and Michele Arnaboldi architetti


Jean Prouvé (1901-1984) was one of the leading designers and architects of the twentieth century. He successfully combined business sense and a work ethic. His passion for craft skills, combined with the needs of industrial production and prefabrication, enabled him to range across several different fields as a manufacturer and builder of furniture, architect, and professor at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers in Paris. Prouvé initially worked as an apprentice blacksmith, immediately revealing a flair for working with iron and a fondness for thin sheet metal. Drawing on his expertise in technology, he developed lightweight structures, façade systems and extremely solid and adjustable furniture.

Jean Prouvé.

La poetica dell’oggetto tecnico
19 February – 16 April 2010
organized by

Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein (Germany),
in collaboration with

Design Museum Akihabara, Tokyo,
and the Deutsches Architektur Museum, Frankfurt

The exhibition was a first opportunity to take stock of one of the crucial experiences of the neo-avant-gardes in the sixties and seventies: the Archizoom group, which produced a wealth of design and architectural projects and urban visions on a territorial scale, which have been a source of inspiration for generations to come. The point of arrival of the group’s research was the No-Stop City (1970-1971), one of the most enigmatic, radical and unconventional visions of the city of the future.

Archizoom Associati 1966-1974.
Dall’onda pop alla superficie neutra
7 May – 6 June 2010
organized by

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

in collaboration with

Study Centre and Archives

of Communication (CSAC), University

of Parma