Antonino Cardillo

Exhibitions* and Talks



Palazzo della Triennale*

MILAN, Italy — April 2nd - September 12nd, 2016 — By invitation of curator Beppe Finessi, Antonino Cardillo showcases ‘House of Dust’ at the XXI Triennale ‘Rooms. Novel living concepts’ exhibition. Through a selection of fifty works, Beppe Finessi presents a history of Italian interior architecture ranging 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. (Beppe Finessi)


XXI Triennale di Milano Rooms. Novel living concepts at Salone del Mobile 2016.

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


Goethe-University and German Architecture Museum

FRANKFURT AM MAIN, Germany — December 1st, 2015 — By invitation of Chris Dähne, Frederike Lausch and Bettina Rudhof from the Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main, Antonino Cardillo talks about his ‘Seven Houses for No One’ (2007-11) imaginary series:

VISUALISIERUNG – 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, England — September 13th - October 11th, 2014 — By invitation of Abraham Thomas, Antonino Cardillo showcases ‘MIN’, seven sculptures inside an old cabinet 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 or 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. (Sir John Soane’s Museum London)


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

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


Architectural Association School of Architecture

LONDON, England — November 20th, 2013 — By invitation of Ana Araujo, Takero Shimazaki and Alexandra Savtchenko-Belskaia, Antonino Cardillo talks about ‘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 lectures at AA School of London. Photo by Marco Ponzianelli

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


Architectural Association School of Architecture

TRAPANI-PALERMO, Sicily — November 1st-4th, 2013 — By invitation of Ana Araujo and Takero Shimazaki, Antonino Cardillo talks about Sicily and Dionysian through the interpretations of Goethe, Wagner and Nietzsche to the students of ‘Intermediate Two’.

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)

Field Trip

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


Tonnara di Scopello, Sicily. Photo by Antonino Cardillo

Tonnara di Scopello, Sicily. Photograph by Antonino Cardillo.


Architectural Association School of Architecture

HOOKE PARK, England — October, 2012 — By invitation of Ana Araujo and Takero Shimazaki, Antonino Cardillo talks about inexact quality to the students of ‘Intermediate Two’.


Hooke Park, Dorset. Photograph by Antonino Cardillo

Hooke Park Campus, Dorset. Photograph by Antonino Cardillo.


Associazione Italiana di Architettura e Critica

SELINUNTE, Sicily — March 11th, 2011 — By invitation of Luigi Prestinenza Puglisi, Antonino Cardillo talks about his practice’s work.


Antonino Cardillo talks at Selinunte, Sicily (Associazione Italiana di Architettura e Critica).

Antonino Cardillo talks at Selinunte, Sicily (Associazione Italiana di Architettura e Critica).


Chelsea College of Art, University of the Arts London

LONDON, England — November 15th, 2010 — By invitation of Ana Araujo, Antonino Cardillo discusses his practice’s work, particulary on the relation between the light in architecture and rendering techniques on computer.


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, Sicily — January 24th, 2010 — By invitation of Antonietta Iolanda Lima, Antonino Cardillo talks about his design works to the students of the course of ‘History of Contemporary Architecture’.


Antonino Cardillo talks at the Faculty of Architecture of Palermo.

Antonino Cardillo talks at the Faculty of Architecture of Palermo.


Faculty of Architecture Valle Giulia, University of Rome

ROME, Italy — 2007 - 09 — By invitation of Cesare Maria Casati, Antonino Cardillo contributes to the course of ‘Scenography One’.


Chabot Museum*

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands — September, 2009 — By invitation of Ellie Stathaki, Antonino Cardillo showcases ‘Lime and Limpid Green’, a model house designed for the ‘Wallpaper* Architects Directory 2009’.

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. (press release)


Wallpaper* Future 30 Exhibition at the Chabot Museum of Rotterdam. Antonino Cardillo at 17th

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


DNA John Foxx at The Horse Hospital*

LONDON, England — July, 27th - 31st, 2009 — By invitation of John Foxx, Antonino Cardillo shows 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. (press release)


The Horse Hospital, Colonnade, Bloomsbury, London

The Horse Hospital, Colonnade, Bloomsbury, London.


Artindex 08 at the Popov Museum of Communications*

ST-PETERSBURG, Russia — 23rd March - 1st Nov, 2008 — By invitation of Sergei Kovaliov, Antonino Cardillo showcases ‘Let There Be More Light’, ‘Birnbeck Insland’, ‘Ellipse 1501 House’ and ‘Canto Sospeso’ design works.


A.S. Popov Museum of Communications, Bezborodko Palace, St-Petersburg. Photograph by Florstein

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


Galleria Expa*

PALERMO, Sicily — September, 2006 — Antonino Cardillo showcases ‘Dualistic House’ project.


Faculty of Architecture, University of Palermo

PALERMO, Sicily — 1994-98 — By invitation of Antonietta Iolanda Lima, Antonino Cardillo contributes to the scientific researches and courses of ‘History of Modern Architecture’ and ‘History of Contemporary Architecture’.

Among the Lima books edited during these years:

1995, S. Crescenza nel Territorio di S. Vito Lo Capo, Ila Palma, Palermo.
1995, Storia dell’Architettura Sicilia Ottocento, Dario Flaccovio, Palermo.
1996, Alle Soglie del Terzo Millennio sull’Architettura, Dario Flaccovio, Palermo.
1997, Palermo. Struttura e Dinamiche, Testo & Immagine, Torino.
1998, Frank O. Gehry. American Center, Parigi, Testo & Immagine, Torino.
1998, Le Corbusier, Dario Flaccovio, Palermo.
2003, Soleri: Architecture as Human Ecology, The Monacelli Press, New York.
2001, Architettura e Urbanistica della Compagnia di Gesù in Sicilia: fonti e documenti inediti secoli XVI-XVIII, Novecento, Palermo.


1981 Antonietta Iolanda Lima’s house in Palermo. Photograph by Antonino Cardillo

1981 Antonietta Iolanda Lima’s house in Palermo. Photograph by Antonino Cardillo.


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