Invisible Architecture – Blurring Boundaries

Adolfo Natalini (1941–2020), Collage, Continuous Monument Sul Lago 1969/2015, 1969–2015. Photo-collage with pen and ink on wove paper; pen & ink on trace; pen & ink paper cut-out , 345 × 500 mm. DMC 2351.1.

19 January – 26 March 2017, Museo Carlo Bilotti, Rome

Curated by Rita Elvira Adamo, in collaboration with Cristiano Lippa and Federico Scaroni

Exterior view of the Museo Carlo Bilotti, Rome, Italy with the installation
(Image credit: Anna Positano, Fabrizio Vatieri /

In the second half of the twentieth century, on opposite sides of the world, two collectives formed. They both asserted the primacy of life over buildings, the Japanese Metabolists hoping to force architecture to become cellular and organic, the Italian Radicals wholly turning away from construction until they could align communal care and human integrity with sprawling urbanism.

The exhibition ‘Invisible Architecture’ at the Museo Carlo Bilotti celebrated 150 years of cooperation between Italy and Japan through the places where these two groups illuminate each other and explored how their different visions reflect the cultural divergences of the two nations.

Exhibition Photo (Image credit: Anna Positano, Fabrizio Vatieri /
The site-specific inflatable installation for the exhibition designed by Analogique
(Image credit: Anna Positano, Fabrizio Vatieri /