Royal College of Art
School of Architecture

LONDON, UK — 22 Jan 2019

On behalf of the students of the RCA School of Architecture Interior Design Programme, Yara Boulos and Riccardo Rizzetto invite Cardillo to talk as part of the talk series Inside/Out.

THE MAKING OF ROME'S OFF CLUB. Continuing the investigation of primordial images (C.G. Jung, 1921) begun with House of Dust, under one raw gold ceiling, architect Antonino Cardillo reunites the cinema of Kubrick and De Palma, Grand Theft Auto, Miami Art Deco District, psychedelic soul music, the Escher’s perspectives, Byzantine iconostases, and Japanese folding screens.

Antonino Cardillo at the Lecture Theatre 1, Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore.

Antonino Cardillo at the Lecture Theatre 1, Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore. Photography by Riccardo Rizzetto.

Mitte/Rand Salon

BERLIN, Germany — 21 Nov 2017

By invitation of Stephan Burkoff and Jeanette Kunsmann, Tim Berge interviews Cardillo.

Antonino Cardillo ist ein Architekt mit außergewöhnlichem Werdegang und nicht weniger kontroversen Positionen. Über seine Arbeit spannt sich ein Nebel, der Vergangenheit und Gegenwart, Wahrheit und Illusion verschwimmen lässt. Am Dienstag, dem 21.11.2017, sprach Tim Berge beim ersten Mitte/Rand Salon in die Marienstraße mit Antonino über seine Anfänge, seine Haltung zur Antike und die Sexualität der Architektur.

Mitte/Rand Salon. Marienstraße 10 10117 Berlin

Mitte/Rand Salon on Marienstraße 10. Photography by Markus Hieke.

Heinze Congress

BERLIN, Germany — 23 Nov 2017

Antonino Cardillo is a keynote speaker at the Heinze Architektour Congress at the Station Berlin.

Cardillo Vortrag auf dem Heinze ArchitekTOUR Kongress in Berlin. Kann ein Architekt über Entwürfe und die Bildsprache hochauflösender Architekturdarstellungen Berühmtheit erlangen? Dem sizilianischen Architekten Antonino Cardillo ist dies mit der Serie der "Imagined Houses" gelungen. In der Annahme, es handle sich um reale Bauten, wurde er 2009 von Wallpaper zu einem der weltweit bedeutendsten Architekten gekürt. Zwischen Betrugsvorwürfen und überschwänglichem Lob agiert er in einer Nische des Phantastischen und Entrückten. Die hochpräzisen und meisterlich bearbeiteten Renderings zeigen auf, wie Virtuelles als neue Realität gedeutet werden kann. Ein Hauch surrealer Fiktion, der die Zuordnung real/irreal erschwert, umgibt alle seine Arbeiten, so auch das "House of Dust" oder seine "Four Grottos". Erfahren Sie mehr am 23. November auf dem Heinze ArchitekTOUR Kongress in Berlin:

10:30 Antonino Cardillo: Vaults, Grottoes, Arches, and Polychromy
11:15 Thomas Willemeit Dream. Design. Deliver.
14:15 Mark Jenewein Graz loves Berlin
17:00 Prof. Meinhard von Gerkan Faszination Tegel

Antonino Cardillo talks at the Heinze Architektour Congress at the Station Berlin.

Antonino Cardillo at the Heinze Congress. Photography by Marcus Jacobs.

Palazzo della Triennale

MILAN, Italy — Apr - Sep 2016

By invitation of Beppe Finessi, Cardillo showcases House of Dust at the XXI Triennale: through a selection of 50 works the exhibition Rooms. Novel Living Concepts presents a history of Italian interior design from the 1920s to the present day.

The exhibition begins with a brief historical overview, introducing the subject and placing it historically through stories about the great achievements of past great masters for whom interior architecture was their first professional sphere and a privileged place for their observations on architecture Gio Ponti, Franco Albini, Carlo Mollino, Carlo Scarpa, Carlo De Carli, Vittoriano Viganò, Ettore Sottsass, Joe Colombo, Leonardo Savioli, Toni Cordero, as well as other major C20th Italian cultural players who, even just at particular times, conceived and realised housing concepts and projects BBPR, Angelo Mangiarotti, Vico Magistretti, Ignazio Gardella, Marco Zanuso, Luigi Caccia Dominioni, Vittorio Gregotti, Gae Aulenti, Nanda Vigo. Works by architects who have expressed their thoughts, skills and visions of the world around us though interior architecture will be exhibited such as, for example, Michele Bonino/Coex, Antonello Boschi, Calvi Merlini Moya, Guido Canali, Gabriella and Massimo Carmassi, Gianfranco Cavaglià, Carla Ceccariglia, Massimo Curzi, Cherubino Gambardella, Antonino Cardillo, Luciano Giorgi, Maria Giuseppina Grasso Cannizzo, Johanna Grawunder, Decio Guardigli, Guido Morpurgo and Annalisa De Curtis, Francesco Pasquali, Daniele Rossi, Italo Rota, Alessandro Scandurra, UdA, Stefano Testa/Cliostraat, Bruno Vaerini, Francesco Venezia. Some of the most significant works by each of these architects will be selected and exhibited in a first large area, a great ‘celestial vault’ in which photographs, models and drawings will illustrate the history of C20th Italian interior architecture – in a sort of great three-dimensional encyclopaedia.

— The curator Beppe Finessi

Antonino Cardillo's House of Dust at the XXI Triennale di Milano: Rooms. Novel living concepts at the Salone del Mobile 2016.

XXI Triennale di Milano Rooms. Novel living concepts, Palazzo della Triennale.

German Architecture Museum

FRANKFURT AM MAIN, Germany — 1 Dec 2015

By invitation of Chris Dähne, Frederike Lausch and Bettina Rudhof, Cardillo talks on the Houses for No One series (2007-11).

Faked Reality: Die Traumhäuser von Antonino Cardillo
Di, 01.12.2015 - 18 Uhr im Deutschen Architektur Museum
Projektvorstellung von Antonino Cardillo, Vortrag von Carolin Höfler und anschließende Diskussion in der Reihe Constructed Realities \ Konstruierte Realitäten. Zum Verhältnis von medialen Praktiken und der Konzeption von Architektur des Kunstgeschichtlichen Instituts an der Goethe – Universität in Kooperation mit dem Deutschen Architekturmuseum und dem Deutschen Institut für Film, Frankfurt a.M.

18:00 Einführung: Chris Dähne und Frederike Lausch
18:15 Projektvorstellung: Antonino Cardillo (Architekt Trapani/ Italien)
19:00 Gastvortrag: Carolin Höfler (Technische Hochschule Köln)
19:30 Diskussion \ Moderation: Chris Dähne und Frederike Lausch

Antonino Cardillo talks at the German Architecture Museum of Frankfurt.

Antonino Cardillo talks at the German Architecture Museum of Frankfurt.

Sir John Soane's Museum

LONDON, UK — Sep - Oct 2014

By invitation of Abraham Thomas, Cardillo showcases the Min sculptures inside the cabinets of the Breakfast Room at 12 Lincoln’s Inn Fields.

To his contemporaries, Sir John Soane was known as an architect who pushed the boundary of architecture and design. He broke from tradition to create his own interpretation of the classical form and was an advocate of utilising the latest technology in his work. Soane has been called the 'master of space and light'. As part of the London Design Festival 2014 we have invited six artists and designers whose work incorporates the theme of space and light to exhibit their latest work as part of this pop-up exhibition. Showing here are a collection of one-off pieces and never-before-seen products. The display features work by Paul Schutze, Ab Rogers, Antonino Cardillo, Sebastian Bergne, Mineheart and Tiipoi.

— The Sir John Soane’s Museum press release

Sir John Soane's Museum façade on the Lincoln's Inn Fields of London. Photography by Antonino Cardillo.

Sir John Soane’s Museum, Lincoln’s Inn Fields of London. Photography by Antonino Cardillo.

Architectural Association
School of Architecture

LONDON, UK — 20 Nov 2013

By invitation of Alexandra Savtchenko-Belskaia, Cardillo talks on House of Dust.

Hot on the heels of our Sicilian love affair, Intermediate 2 presents an evening to transport us once more to the stone island's spectacular sensuous atmosphere and rich cultural syncretism. The House of Dust takes its influences from primordial caverns, renaissance grottos and nymphaea at Rome's Villa Doria Pamphilj. Materiality, colour and light evoke an archaeological architecture – a ceiling of rough plaster is the colour of bare earth and the palest pink light evokes dawn and flowers – the colour of beauty that dies. The House breathes light through spaces in a balanced sequence of compression and dilations.

— Alexandra Savtchenko Belskaia

Venue: New Soft Room
Intermediate Unit 2 Open Lecture – all welcome

18.00 House of Dust
19.00 Film screening Luchino Visconti The Leopard (Il Gattopardo), starring Alain Delon, Claudia Cardinale, Burt Lancaster, 185 minutes, colour.

Antonino Cardillo introduces House of Dust in the Soft Room of the Architectural Association School of London. Photo by Marco Ponzianelli.

Antonino Cardillo talks at AA School of London. Photography by Marco Ponzianelli.

Architectural Association
School of Architecture

TRAPANI-PALERMO, Italy — 1 - 4 Nov 2013

By invitation of Ana Araujo and Takero Shimazaki, Cardillo talks to the students of ‘Intermediate 2’ about Sicily and Dionysian through the interpretations of Goethe, Wagner and Nietzsche.

This year Intermediate Unit 2 will focus on spatial experiences that enhance awareness of our senses and emotions. Our main source of inspiration will be the enigmatic Villa Palagonia – a baroque icon located on the northern coast of Sicily, whose originality and eccentricity has fascinated personalities such as Goethe and Sir John Soane.

— Ana Araujo

1st Palermo Villa Witthaker, Villa Igea and San Cataldo Church
2nd Bagheria Villa Palagonia
3rd Tonnara di Scopello Drawing Workshop with Willem de Bruijn
4th Erice Daedalus

Architectural Association at the Tonnara di Scopello, Sicily. Photo by Antonino Cardillo.

Tonnara di Scopello, Sicily, Italy. Photography by Antonino Cardillo.

Architectural Association
School of Architecture


By invitation of Ana Araujo and Takero Shimazaki, Cardillo talks to the students of ‘Intermediate 2’ about the topic of inexact quality.

Antonino Cardillo talk at the Architectural Association Hooke Park Campus in Dorset. © Cardillo.

Hooke Park Campus, Dorset. Photography by Antonino Cardillo.

Chelsea College of Art
University of the Arts London

LONDON, UK — 15 Nov 2010

By invitation of Ana Araujo, Cardillo discusses the work of his practice, particularly on the relation between the light in architecture and computer-generated imagery.

Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London

Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London.

Faculty of Architecture
University of Palermo

PALERMO, Italy — 24 Jan 2010

By invitation of Antonietta Iolanda Lima, Cardillo talks to the students of the course of ‘History of Contemporary Architecture’.

By invitation of Iolanda Lima, Antonino Cardillo talks at the Faculty of Architecture of Palermo.

Antonino Cardillo talks at the Faculty of Architecture of Palermo.

Wallpaper* Future 30
at the Chabot Museum

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands — Sep 2009

By invitation of Ellie Stathaki and Jonathan Bell, Cardillo showcases the model house commissioned by Wallpaper* on the occasion of the 2009 Architects Directory award.

At a time of uncertainty in the global housing market, the Wallpaper* Future 30 show that innovation is within reach of every aspiring client, bringing fresh architectural thinking from around the world into the expansive sprawl of the modern city.

— The Wallpaper* press release

Wallpaper Future 30 Exhibition at the Chabot Museum of Rotterdam. Antonino Cardillo's model house at the no. 17.

Antonino Cardillo house 17 at the Chabot Museum of Rotterdam. Photography by Ellie Stathaki.

DNA John Foxx
at The Horse Hospital

LONDON, UK — 27 - 31 Jul 2009

By invitation of John Foxx, Cardillo showcases Ellipse 1501 House and the Tales of Light video.

The exhibition featured work by visual artists, film-makes, illustrators, Manga comic artists and musicians who have been inspired by different aspects of John Foxx’s 30-year career. They include films by Alex Proyas, Jonathan Barnbrook, Antonino Cardillo, Japan’s Macoto Tezka, electro pioneer Gary Numan, and animator Ian Emes, alongside prints by Nick Rhodes (Duran Duran), one of Tokyo’s most famous Manga artists Reiko Okano, Karborn, and John Foxx himself.

— The press release

Antonino Cardillo's Tales of Lights at the John Foxx exhibition at the Horse Hospital, Colonnade, Bloomsbury, London.

The Horse Hospital, Colonnade, Bloomsbury, London.

Artindex 08
at the Popov Museum

ST-PETERSBURG, Russia —  Mar - Nov 2008

By invitation of Sergei Kovaliov, Cardillo showcases Let There Be More Light, Birnbeck Island, Ellipse 1501 House and Canto Sospeso projects.

Antonino Cardillo's works in Artindex 08 at the A.S. Popov Museum of Communications, Bezborodko Palace, St-Petersburg. Photograph by Florstein.

A.S.Popov Museum of Communications, St-Petersburg. Photography by Florstein.

Faculty of Architecture
Valle Giulia
University of Rome

ROME, Italy — 2006 - 2008

By invitation of Cesare Maria Casati, Cardillo contributes to his course of ‘Laboratorio di allestimento I’.

Faculty of Architecture
University of Palermo

PALERMO, Italy — 1994 - 1998

By invitation of Antonietta Iolanda Lima, Cardillo contributes to her academic books and courses of ‘History of Modern Architecture’ and ‘History of Contemporary Architecture’.

Lima 1995, S. Crescenza di S. Vito Lo Capo.
Lima 1995, Storia dell’Architettura Sicilia Ottocento.
Lima 1996, Alle Soglie del 3° Millennio sull’Architettura.
Lima 1997, Palermo. Struttura e Dinamiche.
Lima 1998, Frank O. Gehry. American Center.
Lima 1998, Le Corbusier.
Lima 2001, Architettura della Compagnia di Gesù in Sicilia.
Lima 2003, Paolo Soleri.

During this period, moreover, he studies, draws, photographs and catalogues Lima’s 1970s works of architecture in Palermo. There is a selection of this material in issue 499-500 of Bruno Zevi’s L’Architettura. Cronache e Storia magazine, and at the Archivio di Stato of Palermo.

1981 Antonietta Iolanda Lima's studio house in Palermo. © Cardillo.

1981 Lima’s studio-house in Palermo Mondello. Photography by Antonino Cardillo.