The new presentation of the collection begins in the museum piazza and proceeds without interruptions on the ground floor.
On the occasion of his birth, an exhibition dedicated to the great historian, lecturer, critic, politician and designer and to the modern and contemporary Italian architecture he supported and promoted through his work.
A detailed overview of the artistic and cultural scene of the African continent.
MAXXI and Bulgari together for young contemporary art with the Award that this year is renewed and is projected on the international art scene.
Trees and plants for a wild oasis in the museum piazza, thanks to the project organized in collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art of New York, within the ambit of the Young Architecture Program.
A large continent read through the words of its authors, to coincide with the exhibition “African Metropolis. An imaginary city”.
Festival of visual, performance and multimedia arts at Villa Farinacci
The story of the Italian sound avant-garde through photographs, films, videos, historical posters, original LPs and audio contributions.
The wounds and the violence present in African society and the search for possible solutions.
A major exhibition uniting old masters and contemporary art.
A symbolic map of the practices that inhabit the ever-expanding independent national scene, with a selection of eight projects.
Some of the emblematic works that sanctified Dario Passi’s abandonment of architecture in favour of painting.
A series of videos to explain one of the instruments to carry out the Zevi’s civil action.
A guided tour of the Permanent Collection and the exhibition "African Metropolis. An imaginary city".
Four seminars to discuss principles, regulations and processes for governing the quality of urban development in Italy.
A travelling exhibition bringing together works by contemporary artists donated to the Community in its 40th year
A day of scientific knowledge sharing dedicated to sound on the occasion of 2018 Researchers’ Night, with workshops and live science demonstrations.
A dedicated session for teachers, presenting the museum’s educational activities for schools
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curated by Giulio Cappellini e Domitilla Dardi
Ten cities, nine designers and a single material: this year the Alcantara®-MAXXI project, now in its fifth edition, is allowing to “go round the world in a room”.
With Local Icons. East/West the designers Studio Job, Constance Guisset, Poetic Lab, Mischer Traxler, Gam Fratesi, Neri&Hu, Hans Tan, Michael Young, Poetic Lab and Cosmas Gozali interpret 10 capitals belonging to two geopolitical macro-areas through an object that embodies their essence in an imaginary dialogue between East and West.
Through a direct and indirect dialogue with the designers, Alcantara and MAXXI have staged a fresh cultural debate, an exchange of views between two different ways of life in contemporary metropolises, channelling these reflections into prototypes that are asked to capture the essence of the places.
Experimenting with Alcantara®, capable of translating their projects and visions into reality, the nine designers have produced a travel journal composed of images and objects that aim at presenting “souvenirs” of Amsterdam, Paris, London, Vienna, Copenhagen, Shanghai, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taipei and Jakarta.
Each designer, together with the prototype conceived to represent the city assigned to them, has also created a box to contain it, thus creating a true “global village” in the museum spaces.
“This project is an invitation to stroll in Paris. The bench and its lighting are like a boat, to visit Paris on the Seine. The visitor can seat, take his time and listen to the sound of the city. The table and the small lamp are an adaptation of the bench, a souvenir to take home in order to remind of the Parisian atmosphere of romanticism and sweet nostalgia. All of these « local icons » share the same shade of green. It is a tribute to Art nouveau and to Paris’ famous urban furniture, designed by Hector Guimard.”
“This installation is designed to invite people to experience and interact directly along to feel the philosophy of eastern culture through journey toward enlightenment. The concept is to re-create the Borobudur – a Buddhist sacred temple located in Indonesia and listed as one of UNESCO World Heritage Site – made from vertical tubes covered with Alcantara. These create the negative Space of Borobudur and represent the shape of Mandala, the universe in Hindu and Buddhist cosmology. We create a souvenir which is a replica of the temple as a box to keep valuable things in life.”
“The memory of Copenhagen represented by one of the most important Danish icons, the little mermaid. Character created by Andersen to tell a story based on the diversity and absence. It is precisely the theme of absence that we wanted to analyze. What remains of an icon? Its origin or its memory? An interesting part of our project aims to make us reflect on the importance of the stone as metaphorical image of the place. This element has for us an important factor. The icon would still value if it were deprived of this part? Perhaps in our case the stone has the same importance of the little mermaid. In the exhibition a spot light creates a shadow on the wall and creates the silhouette of the missing little mermaid.”
“The half-fish, half-lion iconic Merlion residing at the waterfront is Singapore’s symbol to most visitors. Part folklore and part tourism construct, the authenticity of an engineered emblem is debatable, yet its reputation as a tourist icon is indisputable. This project extracts the scales of this biologically improbable, imaginary animal and appropriates it for domestic tessellation in Alcantara covering.”
“Thinking about Hong Kong there is none more memorable than the legendary Bruce Lee who practiced his art in this city. When given the opportunity to create a piece to represent him whilst utilizing Alcantara’s best qualities, the thousand-layer shoe came to mind. With a history of more that 3000 years the thousand-layer shoe has always been linked to the practice of martial arts due to its extraordinary strength, flexibility, lightness and comfort. The process to create a single pair is so complicated and requires such a master level of craftsmanship and knowhow that UNESCO has listed this traditional shoe as part of China’s intangible cultural heritage.”
“Wien is a city full of history, music, rhythm and emotions. It is a secretive city that has to be slowly explored with open eyes. Then one can discover a lot of patterns that carry the characteristics of the city. In order to represent Wien in Alcantara and as a small souvenir, the focus is on these patterns and structures that can be found within the city. Altogether the graphics and objects, all in typical dusty, slightly faded but still very charming colours, give an overview of what can be found in Wien and try to capture a glimpse of Viennese atmosphere.”
“The bicycle has been a principal mode of transportation in China since the early 1900s, and even in modern cities like Shanghai, it is still ubiquitous. For many people its significance goes beyond the simple function of moving from point A to B; it is an object inextricably tied to the people’s lives and livelihoods. It can carry an entire family on its two wheels, it can haul a mass of recycled items three times its own size, and it can tow a cart full of goods for sale. With the addition of a simple metal structure and draped fabrics, we take the notion of expanding the function of a bicycle to become a traveling home, a shelter with table and storage pockets.”
“London is a city where the old and new coexist in harmony. Innovative architecture stands naturally and proudly next to historical heritage. The London tube is a perfect example: preserved historic stations connect with some of the most technically advanced underground railroads in the world. In order to capture the essence of the city, we have created a “London Tube Chandelier” – giving centre stage to this normally out of sight underground world.”
“Taipei is an incredibly busy city. The best charms of the city are the hidden secrets – tea houses, cafes, small boutiques and creative studios. Under every roof there is a different story. Our concept evokes a memory of the city through giving the observer the sense they are looking over the colourful roofs of Taipei. Each roof is represented by an open book, each one containing its own story.”
“It’s an interpretation of a Berlage Chair and a tribute to Berlage who was a very important, born Amsterdam, Dutch Architect and contributor to Amsterdam school. His famous quote: ‘Nothing is ever straight’. We say: ‘Some say Berlage was conceptual. Some say he was high’.”