“Adalberto Libera.” A lecture by Anna Bronovitskaya

“Adalberto Libera.” A lecture by Anna Bronovitskaya“Adalberto Libera.” A lecture by Anna Bronovitskaya


The son of a marquess educated in Rome, Adalberto Libera was an art connoisseur with a vivid imagination. The only Italian among the young architects that Ludwig Mies van der Rohe invited to participate in the Werkbund exhibition in Stuttgart in 1927, Libera listed Mies as his major influence until the end of his life.

Libera was an enthusiastic supporter of Mussolini’s regime, for which he created a number of outstanding propaganda projects. However, the Palace of Congresses he designed for the World Expo, which was to take place in Rome in 1942, was completed only after the Second World War and became one of the symbols of contemporary Italian architecture. Libera spent the war in seclusion in his family home in Trentino—during that time he reviewed his political beliefs and a few years after the war became involved in the construction projects of the socialist government. In his mature period, he came to believe that the architect should build the project “correctly,” leaving very little space for self-expression. Nevertheless, his postwar projects featured bold structural design and expressive forms. 



Anna Bronovitskaya is an architectural historian and director of research at Moscow’s Institute of Modernism. She teaches at the Moscow School of Architecture (MARCH) and has numerous publications on twentieth-century architecture to her name. Together with Nikolay Malinin and photographer Yuri Palmin, Bronovitskaya is working on a series of books on Soviet modernism. In 2016, Garage published their book Moscow: A Guide to Soviet Modernist Architecture 1955–1991 and in 2018, Alma-Ata: A Guide to Soviet Modernist Architecture 1955–1991.