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Enrico Del Debbio

Rome, Italy
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Enrico Del Debbio was an Italian architect and university professor. Born at Carrara, he studied at the Fine Art Academy there specializing in architecture; he moved to Rome in 1914 where he won several architectural awards. He also began to teach in the "Scuola Superiore di Architettura". In 1920 he held several positions in public institutions, such as the organization of the "Quadriennale Romana". In 1931 he became an artistical-technical consultant in the "Palazzo delle Esposizioni" for an exhibition celebrating the Decennial of the Fascist Revolution; he was also director of the technical office of the Balilla House (the fascist youth organization).In 1923 he designed the FIAT palace in Via Calabria in Rome. In 1927 he was commissioned the new Foro Mussolini, a sport complex now known as Foro Italico (finished in 1960), including the Marmi Stadium (1928) and the Farnesina Palace, the current seat of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He also designed the Swimming Stadium, 1956.

Del Debbio became unfashionable during the 1970s, seen as "reactionary" because of his associations with fascism. However, in 2007 a retrospective exhibition took place at the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna in Rome, displaying his skills at combining classic and modern, detailing and geometry, materials, and colors.

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daniele, May 26th, 2017
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