Building for the arts & sciences in the Eternal City
Sabine van Sprang, Federica Dal Falco, Charles Bossu, Bram De Maeyer, Charlotte Rottiers, Anne-Françoise Morel, Fredie Floré, Simone Conversi
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This book is the first publication on the building of the Academia Belgica in Rome, a residence for Belgian researchers and artists and a centre for scientific and cultural activities. Constructed between 1937 and 1939 by the Italian Gino Cipriani and the Belgian Jean Hendrickx-Van den Bosch, in a style both modernist and Art Deco, the building has maintained not only its original exterior but also in large parts its interior decorations and even furniture.
The authors investigate the conception and realisation of the original building and its interior design programme, within the context of the cultural and political exchange between Belgium and Italy in the inter-war period. This richly illustrated volume includes original photographs of the building and its furniture, architectural plans, drawings and designs, plus a new series of commissioned photographs of the building by Belgian architectural photographer Maxime Delvaux.