Riccardo Dalisi (Potenza, 1931) moved to Naples in the 1950s to pursue his studies in architecture. He immediately distinguished himself for a versatility that led him to continuously combine art, architecture and design to the point of no longer distinguishing between the sphere of action of the individual disciplines. Among the first to formulate the concept of sustainability applied to industrial design, in his sculptures and design objects Dalisi uses poor materials such as papier mâché and then tin, copper, iron, brass, which become precious through the process of craft modeling and processing. Every object, whether it is intended for industrial production or the art circuit, echoes with a personal feeling that draws on the Neapolitan tradition, in both the manner and the methods used.
In the early 1970s, through his theoretical writings and workshops started with children from the underclass of the Rione Traiano, Dalisi proposed a model of participatory architecture, in which the exercise of creativity becomes the privileged instrument through which to implement social change. Madre museum shows the documentation for the project of “architecture of animation” at Rione Traiano, by which Dalisi actively involves young people in the district in the design of structures for the area, stimulating processes of cooperation and a sense of community. Together with photographs there are the artist’s models, teaching instruments intended for use in the workshops but also objects with their own aesthetic self-sufficiency.