FROM GORIZIA TO THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE - ARCHITECT ANTONIO LASCIAC
important exibition the one that will take place in Gorizia at Palazzo Attems-Petzenstein from the 29th of
September 2006 to the 4th of February 2007 about the architect Antonio Lasciac, that once
again wanted to evidence the particular relation between architecture and photography
that we can always find in the projects and collections by Museo Alinari. The exibition “From Gorizia to the Ottoman
Lasciac Architect. Pictures from Alinari Collections” is realized by Alinari in
collaboration with Regione Friuli Venezia
Giulia, Province of Gorizia and Fondazione Cassa
di Risparmio di Gorizia.
Antonio Lasciac (1856-1946), architect and
engineer, poet and musician, clever man often forgot who left an unforgettable
sign of his works, an estate of architectural works not only in Gorizia but
also in many capitals and cities of the East, mostly in Egypt. Sixty years after his death
is growing a renewned interest around his work. A very intense life, entirely
satisfactory, but also signed with adversities, incomprehensions and deaths in
the family. There are 160 images
exhibited, mostly unpublished, taken from 3 precious albums guarded with
care by Alinari, that compose the richest repertoire available, which shows,
documents and acquaints the public with the professional life of the architect,
in the occasion of the 150th
anniversary of his life and the 60th anniversary of his death.
taking an university degree at the polytechnic in Vienna, the activity of the
architect Antonio Lasciac (Gorizia, 1856 – Il Cairo 1946) went on for the most
part in Egypt; first of all, from 1883 to 1888 in Alessandria, where
he contributed to the rebuilding of the “european” city centre, that was destroyed
by the english bombing in 1882, than in Cairo, after a short period in Italy
with various vain attempts to enter the professional world in Naples and Rome.
In Cairo the
career of the architect, encouraged by the support of important purchaser
belonging to the upper classes or to the agyptian government, was also
completed with the award of architect of palazzi kediviali from 1907 to 1914. The
important development of the studies about Orientalism recalled the attention of
students and researches of different countries about Lasciac and in particular
to the part of his works that elaborated and architecture in arabian
style that was modern for Egypt.
Thanking these projects and realizations, that represented anyway a very small
part of his egyptian production, Lasciac has been
recognized as a peak figure into the group of the european architects,
proposing a modern architecture rooted in the local islamic traditions.
publication and exposition of the three
albums of the Alinari collection is an important contribution for having a
better knowledge of the architecture by
Lasciac, because it is the richest available repertoire of photographic
images, some unpublished, and documents forty-one works, with also some
projects until now unknown. These 160
pictures, enriched by precious (even if not always precise) notes
autographed by the architect, allow to understand
better the professional course of the artists.
This is not
the complete work of Lasciac yet, because some materials have been lost and
some others are scattered between public and private archives, not always
accessible. Anyway, the selection given to the visitors of the exibition and to
the students is the widest one, with the most representatives works of his
production; a very important starting point for the ones who want to appreciate
the works of the architect from Gorizia.
Museums of the Province
Palazzo Attems-Petzenstein, Piazza De Amicis, 2
From the 29th of September 2006 to the 4th of February 2007
Opening hours: from 9 to 19, last entrance 30
minutes before closing;
Closed: Mondays and on the 31th of
and 26th of December 2006, 6th of January 2007; on the 25th
of December 2006 and on the 1st of January 2007, only from 15 to 19.
For information and bookings:
Entry tickets :
full fare 6.00 €, cut price 4.00 €, free for children until six years old;
With guided visit (only with booking): full fare
8.00 €, cut price 6.00 €;
School groups: 2.00 € per person;
Guided tour: 2.00 € per person;
entry to the Museums of the Province
of Gorizia every first
Sunday of the month.