Adalberto Libera

Adalberto Libera (july 16, 1903 - 1963) is one of the most representative architects of the Italian Modern movement, which should not be confused with the Italian Rationalist movement, with which he only had a short-lived relationship.

Biography

Adalberto Libera was born in Villa Lagarina, near Trento in northern Italy. He graduated from Parma's Institute of Art in 1925 and then in 1928 from Rome's "Scuola Superiore di Architettura" He became acquainted with Futurism through his fellow Trentino Fortunato Depero. Even before graduating he was one of the founders of M.I.A.R. (Movimento Italiano per l'Architettura Razionale or “Italian Movement for Rational Architecture”) and later became its secretary. Based in Rome, MIAR was a rival organisation to Gruppo Sette, which was based in Milan and Como. He was invited by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe to the 1927 Stuttgart Exhibition (Deutscher Werkbund). In 1928 and 1931 he organised the MIAR exhibitions of "Architettura Razionale" in Rome. MIAR then dissolved.

An extremely able and talented creative architect more influenced by Futurism than Rationalism, he was also politically astute. His activity as founder and secretary of MIAR enabled him to establish a close working relationship with the high-up officials of the Fascist regime in Rome, where all the big decisions were taken about funding public construction programmes, and who were responsible for commissioning the hundreds of new public buildings required for Mussolini's modernisation programmes. Thanks to these connections he had a prolific career throughout the Fascist regime and designed many notable buildings during the 1930s, some of which are masterpieces of the international modern movement. One of the most important is his Palazzo dei Congressi (Palace of Congress) at the EUR in Rome. This building shows Libera's great ability to design ambiguously in a spare, metaphysical language that sits on a knife-edge between modernism and neo-classicism. His use of sail vaults in this building creates an innovative architectural space.

He also designed Casa Malaparte for Curzio Malaparte on the island of Capri (1938), although there is continuing controversy as to whether Malaparte himself was the main designer.

During the Fascist period, all architects were legally forced to join the party; but the most successful went further and became important party members. Like his contemporaries Giuseppe Pagano and Giuseppe Terragni, Libera's good fortune in this period was due to his close party links. After the fall of the Fascist regime and its defeat in World War II, Libera along with everyone else underwent a period of personal and professional crisis, but after living quiety for several years in his home town of Trento, he recovered and began again to work on numerous projects, including public housing and office buildings, in a new style that turned its back on Fascistic modes of expression. Many of his greatest projects are from this postwar period.

In 1954–1962 he designed and built the Regional Government building for the Trentino Region in Trento.

Main works

* Palace of Congresses at the EUR (1930's)
* Post office in via Marmorata in Roma (1932)
* Villa Malaparte a Capri (1938)
* Housing units in Cagliari (1950-53)
* The pavilion for the Cassa del Mezzogiorno at the Fair in Cagliari (1953)

ee also

*Italian Rationalism
*Modernism

External links

* [http://www.darc.beniculturali.it/sitonew/ita/mostra/presentazione.html Adalberto Libera at DARC]
* [http://archnet.org/library/documents/one-document.tcl?document_id=4943 "Adalberto Libera's "Mediterranean Climate": from a Problem of Style to a Category of Dwelling." by F. Garofalo in "Environmental Design: Journal of the Islamic Environmental Design Research Centre (1990): 10-17"]
* [http://housingprototypes.org/project?File_No=ITA005 Villagio Olimpico in Rome (1960) by A. Libera] (with drawings and photos)


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