Renowned Italian architect Giorgio Palù is right now working on the design of a new concert hall for the Stockholm music school Lilla Akademien. At the same time, a large exhibition of his sculptural works has opened at the Italian Cultural Institute at Gärdet in Stockholm. It is the first time he is exhibiting his sculptures outside of Italy, and we went to the opening.
Giorgio Palù, born 1964, has designed for both the public and private sectors, from banks and hotels, restaurants and commercial sites to residential buildings. Two notable examples are the design hotel DelleArti in Cremona and Villa Machiavelli in Florence.
In 2010, Palù, who was already design furnishings for his buildings, began further exploring his own artistic expression. He held his first solo exhibition in 2016 and now in Stockholm he is presenting his sculptures and installations for the first time to an international audience.
In his sculptural works, Palù has used the same type of materials as he has often used in his role of architect. There’s iron and steel, concrete, stone, wood and glass. He has also played intricately with light and reflections, and the interplay of the different materials.
Palù’s approach is highly refined, rooted in the soil of architectural culture. Pure knowledge has led him to form sculptures in which the quantum aesthetic asserts itself. They are to be read in the refractions of light that emerge from the folds of the materials. – Fabio Morandi
Be sure to catch the exhibit at the Italian Culture Institute, at Gärdesgatan 14. It is open until the 14th of March. The artworks are for sale through Galleri Duerr.