Vittoriano Viganò

Vittoriano Viganò was born in Milan in 1919. Son of the painter and engraver Vico Viganò, he graduated in Architecture at the Polytechnic School of Milan in 1944.
A main figure of the architectural debate in the post war period and an original interpreter of European Rationalism, he was unanimously considered by critics the most important Italian exponent of the "Brutalism" current.
A multidisciplinary talent, a tenured professor during all his life for the Milan Faculty, Vittoriano worked at various scales: from industrial design to architecture, from interior design to urban and landscape planning.
In continuity with the Milanese cultural tradition, Viganò kept opened eyes onto all emerging innovative European and International architectural experiences, which led him to become the Italian correspondent for L'architecture d'Aujourd'hui , the renowned journal directed by artist Andrè Bloc in the early '50's, and then for Aujourd'hui.
In the same period he took part in several Triennale exhibitions and designed several art galleries in via Brera in Milan.
Vittoriano was Art Director of Arteluce, the company founded by Gino Sarfatti, for some years and for Arteluce he designed numerous luminaires as well as the flagship store in via della Spiga in Milan.
In 1991 the San Luca Academy awarded him the Italian Republic President Prize for Architecture.
In 1994 Milan Triennale re-edited and exhibited some of his furniture for the great retrospective on the origins of Italian industrial design; some of those were selected for the Triennale's permanent collection.
His work was exhibited worldwide and regularly published.
Vittoriano Viganò died in Milan in 1996.

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