“The Biennale of Dissent 1977” and Italian Architecture during the 1970s

Luca Guido


In 1977, “The Biennale of Dissent” was a significant event in the history of the anti-Soviet dissidence. In Italy during the 1970s intellectuals, artists and architects had many connections with Marxist theories and the Soviet Union, but their role, referred to in this event, appears complex and, on occasions, contradictory. The Italian cultural world mirrored a political situation, in which it became a duty to take up a position which opposed Italy’s Fascist past. Artistic and political opinions coincided. For this reason, in Italy the culture of dissidence led to a heated debate. One generation of architects was born in this context and few were able to think outside the box. The interpretation proposed for Italian architecture and the masters of the time should prompt a consideration of the current absence of Italian critics and architects in international debates.


Article received: December 16, 2016; Article accepted: January 13, 2017; Published online: April 20, 2017

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How to cite this article: Guido, Luca. "'The Biennale of Dissent 1977' and Italian Architecture during the 1970s." AM Journal of Art and Media Studies 12 (2017): 17-28. doi: 10.25038/am.v0i12.164


Venice Biennale, Soviet dissidence, Italian architecture, Italian Communist Party, Italian Socialist Party

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