Architects are Poets Too Cottinelli Telmo 1897-1948

Architects are Poets Too Cottinelli Telmo 1897-1948

07.12.2014 | 03.05. 2015

So said Cottinelli Telmo, the creator of the Monument to the Discoveries, insisting that architects should have the right and freedom to assert their subjectivity, elude rationality and circumvent material constraints. His words also sum up the way in which he saw architecture: in communion with all arts and disciplines.

An exceptional creator and a man of many talents, Cottinelli was an unusual combination of intuition and intelligence, culture and sensitivity. A virtuoso draughtsman with an effervescent sense of humour, his enthusiasm was infectious. He was constantly alive to his surroundings, always on the lookout for new experiences and driven by a boundless curiosity. His personality was complex and full of nuances, eschewing a linear path. The same was true of his career, which was punctuated by frequent successes, but also by doubts and hesitation.

With the help of the archives and collections of various public institutions, this exhibition brings together rarely-seen pieces and unpublished material in order to paint a picture of Cottinelli Telmo immersed in his creative process, giving body to his ideas and form to the conjurings of his unstoppable imagination.