Poster Exhibition Reading the City – Library Architecture in Germany

Stadtbibliothek Stuttgart © Fabio Barilari

Mon, 16.05.2016 -
Fri, 03.06.2016

Hong Kong

An interpretation of prominent library buildings and urban culture in Germany in drawings by Fabio Barilari.

Italian architect Fabio Barilari visited several German cities with support from the Goethe-Institut in 2013 and 2015. During his travels he executed several drawings and sketches in which he interprets urban and library architecture. The exhibition shows a selection of his works along with additional information, short interviews with the library directors and quotes from talks with library users.

„In the digital era, libraries are no longer considered to be book repositories but have evolved into places where people can slow down, allow creativity to guide their focus, where available analogue and digital knowledge can converge“ (Text from Preface to exhibition by Klaus Ulrich Werner)
  • Zentralbibliothek der Stadtbibliothek Köln © Fabio Barilari
    Central Library, City of Cologne
  • 베를린 자유대학교 언어학도서관 © 파비오 바릴라리
    베를린 자유대학교 언어학도서관
  • Deutsche Nationalbibliothek Leipzig © Fabio Barilari
    German National Library, Leipzig
  • Hengeler Mueller-Bibliothek der Bucerius Law School, Hamburg © Fabio Barilari
    Hengeler Mueller Library Bucerius Law School, Hamburg
  • Bibliothek der Folkwang Universität der Künste, Essen © Fabio Barilari
    Library of the Folkwang University of the Arts, Essen
  • Stadtbibliothek am Mailänder Platz, Stuttgart © Fabio Barilari
    City Library, Stuttgart
About the artist:
Fabio Barilari - 1967, Rome. Following classical studies, Fabio Barilari completed a degree in Architecture with honours and publication, in Rome. Since 1989 he has worked as a free-lance with several important practices, among them Ing R. Morandi and Arch. M. Fuksas. In 1996 he founded “FBA – Fabio Barilari Architetti” a practice of architecture, with a comprehensive portfolio ranging from urban planning, housing, offices and cultural buildings to fully detailed interior design.  Fabio has taught architectural design at La Sapienza Universtity, Cornell University, Iowa State University and Arcadia in Rome.
Since 2008, Fabio Barilari developed his professional activity, extending his research, beyond architecture to sectors related to graphics, illustration and painting. For the project  “Reading the city” supported by the Goethe-Institut, he travelled and illustrated the main cities and public libraries in Germany between 2013 and 2015.