Intellectual, feminist, designer, Compasso d’Oro, partisan relay, the most refined expression of a creative, committed and courageous Milan. Cini Boeri (died on 9 September at the age of 96 in Milan), with that beautiful and intense life, the unique personality, the political battles, the meetings, the friendships (Ferruccio Parri was his wedding witness). It wasn’t, says her second son Stefano, an architect like her, talented like her. Cini was a tiger and a hen, attentive and affectionate, relentless, ironic and very sweet, a hard worker and vestal of the family, three children, seven grandchildren, her beloved daughters-in-law. thus died Cini Boeri, in his Milanese home, without suffering, with his boys around. He knew how to keep us all together. And together we were up to the last.
Ninety-six years. There are so many, says Stefano serene and melancholy, the hustle and bustle in his home-studio in the heart of Milan, the telephone calls of condolence, the words of affection. Until a year ago, he went to the studio in the morning, every day. Work was her life, it kept her standing, stimulated her. Even in recent months, despite the effort, she continued to design and draw, even with her hands, my mother has always been a designer of shapes.
Architecture as an engine, the profound meaning of an existence who never allowed herself moments of idleness, who preferred work – always – to a bourgeois existence as a Milanese lady. The commitment to carefree. Nights planning, smoking – he smoked until a few months ago, he never stopped – discussing with everyone. Tenacious and combative in a world, that of architecture, which in post-war Italy was not yet ready to deal with women designers, Cini and Gae (Aulenti), so friends and so different, but always loyal to one of the other, respectful of the work of others. Stefano continues: At the Politecnico Giuseppe de Finetti said to my mother: “You can’t be an architect! a profession for men “. He graduated in 1951. Despite the more or less obvious invitations to give up the construction site, to be a wife and mother. During a meeting at the Tempo delle Donne of Corriere della Sera in 2014, Cini told with his usual irony: Marco Zanuso more brutally apostrophized me: “Cini, you don’t have the balls to be an architect”. Prove everyone wrong.
Work and family, the two pillars that Cini never wanted to give up. Stefano still remembers: She was proud of her Compasso d’Oro (she received it in 1979 and career in 2011), proud of her successes, ready at any moment to develop new insights and collaborations. And yet, despite such an important and all-encompassing career, he was always there for us. Focused on our lives, she never lost sight of us. And the relationship with the architect son, indeed, with the star architect of the Vertical Forest Stefano Boeri?
We have never worked together. By choice. We often talked about architecture, in a sincere, sometimes fiery way. Each with his own ideas in the sign of mutual respect. Ours were very beautiful comparisons. And I knew his door was always open for me. She was my mother. No complex? Nobody. My son is also an architect. And there are no conflicts ….
Progressive, Milanese who dreamed of having a private plane like Norman Foster to escape to nature as soon as possible, secular. Cini Boeri’s funeral will be held tomorrow in Lambrate, ashes as she wanted, as she had always decided, autonomous and strong, independent, stubborn and sweet, as we children like to remember her. Those children for whom Zanuso teased her: Do you know that your children have big heads? It will be intelligence, sorry. And she: Provocations that did not hurt me also because my children were beautiful. And he again: Do you plan the chapel of the Nursery having a father-in-law eating a priest ?. Answer: My father-in-law was just a Republican.
The evening at the Boeri house a succession of tender memories. Memories of an extraordinary life, almost always lived in the Sant’Ambrogio district, near the basilica. Stories of an extraordinary woman (who died of old age, sweetly), and of a wonderful, unique mother. Even if he didn’t know how to cook at all.
September 10, 2020 (change September 10, 2020 | 08:26)
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