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Il Teatro del Mondo edificio singolare

The exhibition "La Biennale di Venezia 1979-1980. The Theatre of the World "singular building". Tribute to Aldo Rossi ", curated by Maurizio Scaparro, was held from 10 February to 31 July 2010 at Ca’ Giustinian - the renewed home of La Biennale di Venezia chaired by Paolo Baratta. Set up at the Portego of Ca’ Giustinian ground floor, the exhibition opened concurrently with the Carnival of Venice 2010.

Thirty years after its implementation, a re-reading of the famous project by Aldo Rossi for the World Theater, a floating building anchored at the Punta della Dogana, created in 1979 for the exhibition Venice and the stage space, used in 1980 by the Theatre section for the first edition of the Venice Carnival and transported by sea in the summer of 1980 to the Dubrovnik Theatre Festival.

Space, volume, water

"The project for the World Theater - explains Aldo Rossi - is characterized by three facts, having a precise usable space, even if not specified, placing it as a volume according to the shape of the Venetian movements, being on the water. It is evident that being on the water is its main feature, a raft, a boat: the limit or boundary of the construction of Venice. "


"The singular building" and Venice

"And to the water, not just in Venice," wrote Aldo Rossi, "cities gave different tasks. The boats descending from Ticino in the lombardy mist turned into the boats of the carnival, the buildings on the water mark the engravings of the northern gothic cities.

Proprio l’immagine di Venezia, sintesi di paesaggi gotici e nebbiosi e di inserti o trasposizioni orientali, ne fissa la capitale della città sull’acqua. E quindi dei possibili passaggi, non solo fisici o topografici, tra i due mondi. Anche il ponte di Rialto è un passaggio, un mercato, un teatro.

Just the image of Venice, a synthesis of gothic and foggy landscapes and oriental inserts or transpositions, fixes it as the capital of the cities on the water. 

These local analogies in designing a building have a decisive importance for me, if the project is well-read. Even though it is a predictably short-lived building, it's just a Venetian whim."

"I do not know if and how this Venetian theater or theatrical theater will be built - he noted the architect about its realization - but it will grow in my and other designs because it has a character of necessity: its limited capacity allows the possibility of various and direct performances , and with a central place in the city.

Its structure could only be in wood because it is tied to the architecture of this theater not in a functional sense, but because it expresses this architecture: wooden boats, black wood of gondolas, and sea constructions.

Finally, the theater, stable or temporary, was a big carpentry work just masked by gold and stuccos. These are the few notes on a project that is independent of the possibility of its construction and its use. But certainly not independent of a Venetian construction, of a way of design that only search the fantasy in the real. "