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Stefano Boeri Architetti






Veneranda Biblioteca Pinacoteca Ambrosiana Milano


Veneranda Biblioteca Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, Milan
President of the Congregazione dei Conservatori, Prof. Lorenzo Ornaghi
Prefect of the Collegio dei Dottori, Mons. Marco Ballarini
Director of the Pinacoteca, Mons. Alberto Rocca
Superintendent for Archeology, Fine Arts and Landscape for the Metropolitan City of Milan:
Arch. Antonella Ranaldi
RaMo S.p.a, by the will of the founder Pino Rabolini. Thanks to Alessandro Rabolini, Raimondo Latini,
Alessandro Nitti.
Official Partner:
Fiera Milano Foundation, President Giovanni Gorno Tempini
Design of Sala IV and Sala V of the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana:
Stefano Boeri (Founding Partner), Marco Giorgio (Project Director), Francesca Motta (Project Leader),
Esteban Marquez, Daniele Barillari, Elisa Versari.
Didactic table and wooden furniture in collaboration with Riva 1920 Spa:
Giorgio Donà (Project Coordinator), Martina Mitrovic
Works Management: Stefano Boeri Architetti, Arch. Andrej Mikuz
Safety Coordination in the Design and Execution phase: Stefano Boeri Architetti, Arch. Stefania
Structural Design: Studio Gerosa;
Electrical System Design: Pro-Tec Milan srl;
Lighting Design: Lumen Center Italia srl;
Executive Design and Implementation of the Glass Case: Goppion spa;
Multimedia Design and Implementation: OLO - Creative Farm;
Construction of set-up works: Montorfano building company and STORE – contract;
Custom made furniture: Riva 1920 Spa

Stefano Boeri Architetti signs the new set-up of Cartoon of Raphael Room in Pinacoteca Ambrosiana in Milan.

The new set up, open to the public from 27 March 2019, is designed to host the preparatory Cartoon for the fresco of the School of Athens located in the Stanza delle Segnature of the Vatican Museums, made entirely by Raphael, who becomes the protagonist of the scene and returns visible after four years of restoration.

“All of our set-up choices, starting from the approaching sequences the great Cartoon, are designed to prepare the public for the vision of a work that holds – intact – in itself a wonderful conjunction of meanings, being at the time a finished work and yet destined to be the preparation of a final work, “says Stefano Boeri. “For this reason, we have designed a large solid oak table (made by Riva1920) for the same room, aimed to collect texts and in-depth documents on the history of the Cartoon, on how it has been made, on its relationship with the fresco in the Sala della Segnatura in the Vatican Museums”.

“From previous set-up designs, the one of Luigi Caccia Dominioni in the 1960s and the one of Griffini in the 1990s, we have maintained some elements of continuity, such as the position of the Cartoon on the western wall and a filter wall before being in front of the artwork, despite having radically changed the ways in which the work is perceived ”, explains Marco Giorgio, Project Director of Stefano Boeri Architetti.

The design of the hall is aimed to maximize the environmental comfort of the work itself in order to guarantee its conservation over time.
“The space is essential, with dark colors and opaque materials, in order to protect the work and prevent deterioration. The light has also been reduced to a minimum, guaranteeing values of 25 lux, which are the parameters for the lighting provided for fragile works of art such as Raphael’s Cartoon”, adds Francesca Motta, Project Leader by Stefano Boeri Architetti.

The “Ben Finito Cartone” is protected by a large case, a single sheet of glass, equal in size to the work itself, 8 meters wide – 3 meters high, transported inside the room through a slit obtained in the side Pinacoteca’s façade. The double laminated glass sheet has been subjected to an anti-reflective and extra-clear treatment to allow the best possible vision, to an anti-ultraviolet treatment to avoid the

deterioration of the 210 paper sheets that make the work and it is designed to maintain humidity parameters constant in order to protect the Cartoon in time. In addition, the casement door can be opened in order to check the work and adjust its tension through an aluminum and wooden frame.

The only counter-field to the artwork is the Didactic Table realized in collaboration with Riva1920, in solid oak wood obtained from a single 150-year-old trunk cut into two 4-meter-long boards on a burnished iron base. “We wanted – explains Boeri – that in the room that houses Raphael’s Cartoon there was also a large solid wood table, carved from a 150-year-old oak and made by Riva1920, because we wanted the contemplation of the extraordinary design that represents a School to become itself the space of a school. The large educational table transforms room 5 of the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana into a silent and powerful school, where the public can alternate between the vision of the cardboard and the reading of historical texts that explain its origin, history and profound meaning”.