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Italy at the Exhibition Expo Sevilla 1992
© Expo'92
Architect(s) : Gae Aulenti et Pierluigi Spadolini

Inventing implies an effort to bring the world more into line with one's own aspirations, to change it by interpreting its laws according to man's purpose.

Discovering, on the other hand, implies an effort to adhere to the world, to its rules, to its way of being.

Between Columbus and Vespucci - the former "inventing" the Indies where they could not be, the latter "discovering" the New World when the Old World ceased to be the only one - the great "game" of Italian genius is played, from Leonardo da Vinci to Galileo, from Volta to Fermi.

The pavilion's design was inspired by this double parallel itinerary: that of man, engaged in the increasingly complex and articulated creation of the relationship between self and other; that of culture, which appears first as a bridge between words and things, to finally reach the creative synthesis of a scenario where past and future converge in a difficult but imperative alliance in the present. A synthesis that, in the Italian tradition, has been and is expressed in a particular style, a creativity where form and function are happily integrated in an innovative perspective.

On this conceptual basis, the itinerary of the exhibition - distributed within the Italian pavilion, in a large central gallery on three levels - was articulated around main arguments, which defined a kind of cognitive sequence, the adventure of the gaze that gradually extended from the nearest to the farthest, to become an instrument capable of affecting reality:

The body (Interior and Exterior), which anatomy, medicine and biology have laid bare, revealing its secrets, and today seeking to simulate its senses and faculty more and more effectively.

The cosmos (Earth and Sky), from its pictorial and cartographic representation to its perception as a complex organism where everything fits together.

Technique (Processes and Products), i.e. rational and directed know-how, which strives to change the world through knowledge of its operating mechanisms.

Culture (Memory and Project), in the confluence of cognitive and operative impulse, in reference to that set of interests, opportunities and aspirations of a people and a country, which are defined as the "quality" of life.

© Official Guide Expo'92