Cristian Chironi “Housebooks” at bruno, Venice

Cristian Chironi, My house is a Le Corbusier (Casa Curutchet – windows), 2016
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Housebooks, is an exhibition by Cristian Chironi, crossing the space at bruno with a selection of artworks that create a dialogue with famous architects Pierre Jeanneret, Tadao Ando, Le Corbusier and their works.

Exhibited in Italy for the first time and created between 2016 and 2017 while resident in homes designed by each of the architects’, these artworks position reinterpreted books in a brand-new space-time dimension. Pages act as architectural elements and are associated to other materials.

A mural, which was created for the first time on the coast of Oaxaca during his stay in Casa Wabi (designed by the Japanese architect Tadao Ando), serves as a framework for a hand-carved book by the artist that highlights, with triangular shapes, the colours of Mount Parral.

A wide collage made in Chandigarth (India) during his stay in the actual Museum Maison of architect and designer Pierre Jeanneret, where cutouts of the designers interior furniture are overlapped on top of the sketch of the Secretariat Palace, designed by his cousin Le Corbusier for the city itself.

A selection of artworks made during his residencies for the project My house is a Le Corbusier: pages that confront and create new architectures when folded together; stapled pages that compare landscapes distant from one another; folded pages in a flower shape that unite different buildings, such as Casa Curutchet La Plata; Unité d’Habitation Marseille, Studio-Apartment Paris, Esprit Nouveau Bologna […].

Housebooks are homes linked to motion, comparisons between cultures and languages, visions of houses in the form of books and viceversa.


Cristian Chironi attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna. He lives and works in different parts of the world. He uses several languages, often intertwining them. He makes site-specific works, characterized by their performative nature, and installations, which aim to interact with their surroundings, be them human (the public) or environmental (the space).

Housebooks is a project of the artist in collaboration with bruno. Throughout its duration meetings will be organized in the presence of the artist using video and talk interventions related to the architectures covered in the exhibition in order to indirectly reactivate the spaces treated in the pages and create a dialogue with art and architecture.The presence of the artist will be an opportunity for an artist publication designed and published by bruno.


Cristian Chironi, Casa Wabi (Parral), 2017
Courtesy the artist


Cristian Chironi, Casa Wabi (Parral), 2017
Courtesy the artist


Cristian Chironi
25 May–30 September 2018

bruno | Dorsoduro 2729, Venezia
Opening hours: Mon 3–7pm,  Tue–Fri 10am–1pm, 3–7pm
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