Superstudio in The New Domestic Landscape, Museum of Modern Art, 1972

This dérive is the third of a series of links that trace a particular path through our own archives and elsewhere. It began with a single favourite image – page 68 from Natalini's Sketchbook 12 – in which Adolfo explores a key early project with Superstudio. 

Superstudio / Archizoom, Exhibition poster, 1969 IN SET – Drawing Matter

This dérive begins with a drawing type – the axonometric – used to represent the exhibition at Palazzo Strozzi, as well as the installation for the New Domestic Landscape at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1972. One can see from the detail here, that Superstudio's submission is for an interior.

Superstudio, NDL, colour installation slide – Drawing Matter

Installation shot of Superstudio's Continuous Monument, from The New Domestic Landscape, Museum of Modern Art Archives.

NDL installation plan axo – Drawing Matter

Plan of The New Domestic Landscape showing the location of Superstudio's installation. Their neighbours – Ugo La Pietra and Archizoom. Museum of Modern Art Archives.

Superstudio, Exhibition as submitted for NDL – Drawing Matter

Superstudio exhibition history sent to MoMA in 1971, listing their early exhibitions, including that at the Palazzo Strozzi. Museum of Modern Art Archives.

Superstudio, Original typewritten biography letter, 1972 IN SET – Drawing Matter

Superstudio's biography from 1971, as submitted to MoMA. Museum of Modern Art Archives.

Pages from NDL description of environments – Drawing Matter

Page from The New Domestic Landscape proposal, categorising the environments. Museum of Modern Art Archives.

Ugo La Pietra, page for NDL submission – Drawing Matter

Ugo La Pietra's 1971 submission for The New Domestic Landscape, in the collection of Drawing Matter.

Ugo La Pietra, NDL installation shot colour – Drawing Matter

Slide of Ugo La Pietra's installation in The New Domestic Landscape, which was adjacent to Superstudio's.

New Domestic Environment – Drawing Matter

Document from Museum of Modern Art Archives showing the original working title of the exhibition: 'The New Domestic Environment'. The 'substance' of the exhibition was stressed to be 'designed SPACE'. Environments were categorised: Ugo La Pietra was grouped under 'Design as Postulation' while Superstudio and Archizoom came under 'Counter Design as Postulation'. Objects were dedicated to an installation in the garden.

NDL intent 1 – Drawing Matter

The first page describing the intention behind The New Domestic Landscape, stressing the environment over the object. Museum of Modern Art Archives.

Second page describing intent – Drawing Matter

The second page describing the intention behind The New Domestic Landscape, stressing the environment over the object. Museum of Modern Art Archives.

NDL Garden – Drawing Matter

Installation in the garden showing objects. Museum of Modern Art Archives.

Garden Towers, NDL – Drawing Matter

The tower installation in the garden. Museum of Modern Art Archives.

IN RESPONSE

The Drawing Matter editors would welcome any responses from your experience, or your own discoveries, while you are here. To proceed on a dérive through the Continuous Monument as it developed through the pages of Sketchbook 12; and With Superstudio in Yesterday's Tomorrow.

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