27 April to 23 July

(image credits: Yorgis Yerolymbos) 

On April 27th at 19:00 the opening of the architectural exhibition “Renzo Piano Building Workshop – Piece by Piece” took place at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center. The exhibition is organized by the Fondazione Renzo Piano and the Renzo Piano Building Workshop, with the exclusive support of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. 

The opening was open to the public. During the opening Mr. Andreas Dracopoulos, co-President of the SNF, and renowned architect Mr. Renzo Piano offered remarks appearing via video link. At the opening Mr. Giorgio Bianchi, RPBW partner, was present. 

The presentation in the SNFCC is the last stop of the traveling exhibition, which began its journey back in 2013, at the Gagosian Gallery in New York. Previous stops included the Palazzo della Ragione in Padua, in 2014, as part of the International Biennial Architecture and Shanghai, in 2015, where the exhibition was hosted at the Power Station of Art. The creation of the exhibition, its tour in the cities leading up to Athens and, of course, its stay at the SNFCC, were all realized with an exclusive grant by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. 

The exhibition showcases architectural projects from the last thirty years by the Renzo Piano Building Workshop. It consists of 18 tabletop displays of scale models, drawings, photographs and video, chronicling the history of different projects by the internationally renowned architectural firm. 

The models, like islands, represent a wide range of projects, such as museums, libraries, airports and even private residences, recounting the building design process, starting from the architect’s vision and the project’s conception, all the way to construction. 

Renzo Piano, the internationally renowned architect has said about the exhibition: "It is very difficult to successfully exhibit architecture. Nothing can really substitute actually being in the building itself, the feeling of the hybrid texture of a city, the continuous stream of voices that make up the sounds of life. An architectural exhibition can, however, clearly transmit something of the complex and shared process through which the buildings we design are conceived, constructed and then inhabited. … I like to think of this exhibition like a journey through space.”

Exhibition info: “Renzo Piano Building Workshop – Piece by Piece” 
Location: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center - Lighthouse (map)
Duration: April 27 – July 23, 2017 (Opening: Thursday, April 27 at 19:00)
Opening Hours: 06:00 – 24:00 
Free Admission