Alfredo Pirri/Thomas Schütte,
British School at Rome Architecture Programme, curated by Marina Engel
Roma, 2015


The Italian artist Alfredo Pirri and the German artist Thomas Schütte have been friends for several decades and will discuss their work together for the first time in a public conversation and a study-exhibition Questions?.
Over the years, the two have worked extensively on the boundaries between art and architecture, and even though their aims, cultural differences and modes of expression may be at variance, Pirri and Schütte both wish to assess their approach to their craft as an attempt to discover ways of uniting and breaking down such barriers as exist.
The study exhibition Questions? examines the boundaries between art and architecture. At its core will be a series of drawings by Pirri and of digital documentary images of Schutte’s new building.


Pirri will present his drawings for the three architectural projects on which he is currently engaged: the Patrizia chapel he has constructed at the Piverone cemetery, near Turin, the project for the Chiesa del Giglio oratory in Palermo in which the artist has designed a ”golden cage” structure for a multidisciplinary space, and the refurbishment of the cloister at the Museo delle Arti di Catanzaro.
Over the years, Pirri has often concentrated on site specific installations and collaborations with architects. These three new projects, however, expand his role as an artist/architect. Rather than focussing simply on the relevant structures, Pirri, particularly in his projects in Palermo and Catanzaro, has developed his own vision of contemporary art and multi disciplinary spaces.