Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre hosts one of the most impressive architectural exhibitions of its own creator, Renzo Piano. Architect of numerous landmark projects worldwide and awarded with a variety of prizes through time, Renzo Piano is with no doubt one of the most respectable personalities in the world of architecture.

Text: Marilena Kalli

Born in Genoa in 1937 into a family of builders, he studied at Politecnico of Milan University and collaborated with several architects at the beginning of his career. Having subsequently moved to Paris, in 1981 he establishes the ‘Renzo Piano Building Workshop’, with 150 staff and offices in Paris, Genoa and New York. His work has stood up in the world of architecture characterized with awareness, as well as his personality, considering that he was selected by Time magazine in 2006 as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Since 2004 he has also been working for the Renzo Piano Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of the architectural profession through educational programs and educational activities.

The exhibition by the Renzo Piano Foundation and the Renzo Piano Building Workshop, whose projects include the SNFCC complex, comprises 18 monographic installations that trace the making of various projects using scale models, drawings, photographs and videos. Two installations are dedicated to the visionary SNFCC construction project. The exhibition includes some of his most outstanding projects such as Kansai International Airport Terminal Building in Osaka, the Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Center in New Caledonia, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, France, the Parco della Musica Auditorium in Rome, the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, U.S.A., the Shard – London Bridge Tower, the New Whitney Museum and the New York Times Building in New York.

The Shard – London Bridge Tower, UK

“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,” writes Renzo Piano about the exhibition Piece by Piece, part of which goes on display at the SNFCC for the first time in Greece. Athens will be the last stop of this traveling exhibition, whose journey started at the Gagosian Gallery in New York four years ago and continued in Padua in 2014, as well as in Shanghai in 2015. The exhibition is open from April 27 to July 23 everyday 6:00 – 24:00.

The New York Times Building, New York, USA, 2000-2007

Fondation Jerome Seydoux-Pathe, Paris, France, 2006-2014

Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre, Noumea, New Caledonia, 1991-1998

Parco della Musica Auditorioum, Rome, Italy, 1994-2002

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre Opera, Athens, Greece, 2008-2016

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre Opera, Athens, Greece, 2008-2016

California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, USA, 2000-2008

Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France, 1971-1977

Columbia University Campus, New York, USA, 2002-in progress

The New York Times Building, , New York, USA, 2000-2007