Silence in art-Juhani Pallasmaa in Rome

The Juhani Pallasmaa Conference at the American Academy in Rome. Juhani Pallasmaa is one of the most important Finnish architects, also author of essays in the field of art and perception of architecture, such as "Skin Eyes" and "flashes of thought". A guest of the American Academy in Rome, he gave a lecture on the theme of silence in art and architecture. The occasions and spaces in which the silence can be tasted are always rarer on this earth, so that when we meet them we have the sensation of discovering archaeological ruins, vestiges of an extinct civilization, and we are almost frightened of it. The silence evoked by Juhani Pallasma is something more than the simple absence of noise. It is rather an inner dimension, indispensable for full participation in the mystery of nature and art.  Art, in fact, demands silence, to be contemplated and enjoyed.  In museums we are naturally talking in a low voice and so in the big buildings, especially in those where architecture, more than worrying about itself, its own grandeur and its dominance over the environment, is aimed at exalting the inner dimension of Man .

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Assisi   The leap from Finland to Umbria is not short, but in our parts the din is far worse than between the birch trees, and the nostalgia for the silence is felt a lot. From us the untouched and silent natural spaces are less extensive, and it is the space of the great architectures that have always been the capacity to guard the true silence. To me comes to mind the power and quiet of the pointed arches of pink stone of the Rocca di Assisi.  As we walk under the arches we are at peace with ourselves and with the landscape, full of life, which they frame from above. Everything, in the meeting with Pallasmaa, the calm and clear way of speaking, the choice of images and quotations that flowed on the screen of the conference room, prompted me to the sources of my formation as an architect, raised in the shadow of the Great Scandinavians and Finns, of which the university told us about wonders, with the help of a noisy and unreliable slide projector.  So my boundlike admiration for the lands has grown, where the architectural quality is all the more widespread the more difficult the living conditions are.  

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