I came across an article today on Dezeen.com stating architect Renzo Piano has been tapped to lead the rebuilding of towns in central Italy destroyed by the disastrous earthquake on August 24.
Renzo Piano’s name caught my eye because I was just inside one of his projects a few weekends ago: the Piano Pavilion, a 2013 addition to the Kimbell Museum in Fort Worth, TX. He’s designed four arts buildings in Texas—an unusual amount for an Italian architect, beginning with Houston’s Menil Collection.
I really love visiting Forth Worth and I especially love escaping from the blazing sun into the Kimbell Museum— it makes me so happy to know that while Fort Worth’s nickname is Cowtown, the buildings of its famous Stock Show & Rodeo lie just a few hundred yards from where Michelangelo’s earliest known painting hangs in one of modern architecture’s most stunning museums, a concrete masterpiece designed by Piano’s one-time employer Louis Kahn.
The Piano Pavilion in the foreground, Kahn’s museum to the left and the Will Rogers Memorial Center in the background, where they hold the Livestock Show & Rodeo. Photo by Richard Barnes, via architectmagazine.com
Michelangelo’s The Torment of Saint Anthony, c. 1487. Believed to be his first painting at the age of 12 or 13 years old. Below that is my favorite painting Still Life with Oranges, Jars, and Boxes of Sweets by Luis Meléndez, c. 1760. It looks like a page straight out of Cabana magazine.