Andrea Cavani (Modena, 1974), architect, holds a PhD in Architectural Composition from the University of Bologna, where he taught from 2005 to 2015. Giulio Orsini (Vignola, 1974), architect, collaborated with Cesare Leonardi from 1997 to 2007. In 2010 they co-founded the Archivio Architetto Cesare Leonardi, an association with the aim of protecting and disseminating Leonardi’s work. In 2011 the archive was declared a cultural asset of national interest by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities.
Cesare Leonardi. L’Architettura della Vita / The Architecture of Life narrates the eclectic and interdisciplinary character of Cesare Leonardi’s research. Busy in a continuous and passionate investigation, far from notoriety despite the fact that some of his works are found in the most important museums of the world and are published on international magazines, Cesare Leonardi is the example of a life dedicated to architecture and planning. Through a flow of images, interspersed with thematic essays, his production is described: a kinetic system that has passed seamlessly from design to photography, from photography to drawing, from drawing to architecture, from architecture to sculpture.
The book comes out on the occasion of the exhibition of the same name, organized by the Galleria Civica of Modena, from September 15, 2017 to February 4, 2018. A tribute from the city of Modena to the work of Cesare Leonardi over the course of four decades. The publication would not have been possible without the decisive contribution of the Cesare Leonardi Architect Archive, in particular thanks to the efforts of Andrea Cavani and Giulio Orsini, researchers at the Archive and curators of the catalog.
More than 500 images including photographs, drawings, sketches and drafts show the work of Cesare Leonardi throughout his life, accompanied by texts written specifically by Veronica Bastai, Stefano Bulgarelli, Andrea Cavani, Andrea Costa, Daniele De Luigi, Eugenio Gazzola, Giancarlo Martinelli, Lucia Miodini, Giulio Orsini, Jessica Pagani, Francesco Samassa and Paola Viganò.
Edited by Andrea Cavani & Giulio Orsini Book design Bunker
23.5 × 28.5 cm 320 pages More than 500 images Hardcover Italian/English Isbn 978-88-98030-24-8 First published September 2017