Carlo Scarpa

Venice, 1906 - Sendai, Japan, 1978

Carlo Scarpa was born in Venice in 1906. In 1920’s he attended the Reale Accademia di Belle Arti where in 1925 he received his diploma in architectural design. Scarpa began teaching at the School of Architecture and collaborated with M.V.M. Cappellin glassmaker. In 1932 he worked together with Paolo Venini until 1947: Carlo Scarpa had a fundamental role in the company designing very important pieces, like “corroso”, “a bollicine”, “battuto”, “a pennellate”. After 1947 he decided to devote himself entirely to architecture. He started a long collaboration with the Venice Biennale, preparing some rooms, for example at the XXIV Biennale, he designed the one dedicated to Paul Klee. He specialized in exhibition projects, among his works: the requalification of the Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice, Galleria Nazionale in Palazzo Abatellis in Palermo, a part of Galleria degli Uffizi in Florence, the Correr museum and the Querini Stampalia foundation in Venice.
He was awarded of several prizes: in 1956 Scarpa received the Olivetti award, in 1960 the ‘Gran Premio della Giuria Internazionale’ for the exhibition about Frank Lloyd Wright at the XII Triennale di Milano. He became member of the Royal British Institute of Design (1970), the Accademia Olimpica di Vicenza (1973), the Fondazione Pierre Chareau of Paris (1975), the Accademia di San Luca of Rome (1976).
In 1972 Scarpa became director of the Istituto Superiore di Architettura in Venice.
Scarpa exhibited his work in Venice in 1968 and Vicenza in 1974; abroad at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1966, in London and Paris in 1974 and Madrid in 1978.
In 1978, while in Sendai (Japan) Scarpa died after falling down a flight of concrete stairs. He survived for ten days in a hospital before succumbing to the injuries of his fall.

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