An exhibition of European Baroque architecture

Project data

  • Year
    1998 – 1999
  • Tipology
    Exhibition Design
  • Location
    Turin, Italy – Stupinigi Hunting Lodge
  • Client
    Palazzo Grassi Spa, Venice
  • Budget
    2,1 million € (adjusted to 2013)
  • Total Area/Surface/Volume
    3.000 Sq m.


The exhibition takes up the entire ground floor of the Palazzina di Stupinigi.

“How to design a big exhibition of architecture in such a large venue as the Palazzina di Caccia di Stupinigi? Mario Bellini asks. As always Bellini avoids the risk of any contamination between the container and the content. Once again the exhibition brings to mind the staging and direction of a theme (European Baroque architecture) rather than an ordinary sequence of works.

The work tables in black iron and easels are once again present.But the iron is used here on the floor as well, turning it into a sheet of paper upon which the blueprints are drawn of each model above, both to scale.

Once again the lighting is theatrical and the shadows abstract the models from the surrounding space”. An interesting and successful entrance pavilion at the end of the long street which from Turin leads to the Stupinigi.

– Ermanno Ranzani –


Mario Bellini Architects

Design Team
Mario Bellini  with Giovanni Cappelletti

Project Team
Giovanni Cappelletti (project architect ) with Maria Grazia Angiolini

Graphic design: Italo Lupi with Alessandro Farina, Francesca Turchi, Silvia Kihlgren
Curators:  Henry A. Millon (President scientific committee) with Giuseppe Dardanello and Andreina Griseri
Scenographies intervent: Pier Luigi Pizzi
Lighting design: Luigi Saccomandi
Photo: Carlo Valsecchi, Giuseppe Dardanello

Exhibition fit out
Mostrefiere S.p.a., Torino
Franco Rubechini & C., Firenze
Astec S.r.l., Treviso
Euphon S.p.a., Torino
3M FloorMinders, Milano