Internationally renowned, award-winning Swiss architect Mario Botta will visit Athens on Sunday, October 24, 2021 to tour the exhibition SYMBOLS & Iconic Ruins, which closes its successful presence in the Periodical Exhibition Hall (-1) of the National Museum of Contemporary Art. Mario Botta will be guided in the exhibition from 13:30 to 15.00, by the Associate Professor PADA Panagiotis Pangalos, curator of the exhibition SYMBOLS & Iconic Ruins.
Architect Mario Botta was born in 1943 in the community of Mendrisio in Switzerland. After completing his apprenticeship in the city of Lugano, he attended the high school of art in Milan and then the architectural school Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia (current name: Università Iuav di Venezia) in Venice. His career began in 1970, when he opened his own architectural office in Lugano. His first works are detached houses in the canton of Ticino. In the continuation of his career, however, he will deal with many other different types of buildings: schools, banks, administrative buildings, libraries, museums, churches and synagogues. His work enjoys worldwide recognition and has been presented in many exhibitions.
It is associated with architectural masterpieces worldwide such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), the Cathedral of the Resurrection in Evri, France, the Tinguely Museum in Basel, Switzerland, the Cymbalista Synagogue and the Jewish Heritage Center in Tel Aviv, Israel. Dortmund Library in Germany, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Trento and Rovereto (MART) in Rovereto, Italy, Kyobo Tower and Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art in Seoul, Korea, Tata Consultancy Services in New Delhi and the Hyderabad of India and the church of Papa Giovanni XXIII in Seriata, Italy, the restoration of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy, the church of Santo Volto in Turin, Italy and the Tschuggen Bergoase Wellness Center in Aroza, Switzerland, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art in Charlotte, USA, Campari offices and homes in Sesto Santo Giovanni, Italy, Tsinghua University Library and Tsing hua University Art Museum in Beijing, China, and plans for the Ex Appiani suburb in Treviso, Italy;
An honorary member of many cultural institutions, Mario Botta has also been honored with the title of honorary doctor from various universities in Argentina, Greece, Romania, Bulgaria, Brazil and Switzerland. In 1996 he was one of the founders of the Academy of Architecture of the Mendrisio community, where he taught until 2018.
He has collaborated with the most important of the modernists Le Corbusier, while in Greece we also know him through his emblematic architectural work that dominates the corner of Aiolou & Sophocleous Street, the Central Bank Building of the National Bank of Greece.
According to Mario Botas, Architecture is "The mother of all arts".