20 December 2013 > 05 October 2014



20 December 2013 – 28 September 2014
Galleries 2 and 3

MAXXI explores its own collections
through over 200 works of art and architecture
in a major exhibition involving the entire museum

Christian Boltansky, Elisabetta Benassi, Maurizio Cattelan, Alberto Campo Baeza, Teddy Cruz, Giancarlo De Carlo, Gilbert&George, Alfredo Jaar, Ilya ed Emilia kabakov, Paul Mccarthy, Nobuyoshi Araki, Tony Oursler, Adrian Paci, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Gerhard Richter, Aldo Rossi, Doris Salcedo, Carlo Scarpa, Superstudio, Lara Favaretto, Toyo Ito, Vedovamazzei, Kara Walker, Lawrence Wiener, Cino Zucchi. Just some of the over 70 artists and architects featuring in the exhibition Remembering is not enought.

The exhibition of MAXXI collection emphasizes the necessity to embrace a more open vision and dynamic approach to develop and manifest the collection of the museum: not only conserving and presenting some excellent works from history and contemporary times, but moreover activating a living process in which the memories of history are continuously reconstructed in order to provide new vitality that keeps the work alive so that it continues to produce meaningful inspiration for us to understand our own time. Bringing art and architecture collections together, the current project intends to put forward the dialogues and interactions between both fields in order to create a new cultural context for innovative debates and exchanges about the significance of contemporary creation and democracy. Eventually, it seeks to open further discussions on the reinvention of art museums in our time.

Important issues related to urbanity, public space, political history and reality, body, soul, spirituality, as well as environmental future have been raised from the rich and multifaceted ensemble of the collections, revealing the great potential of their public interests. The project is also one that evolves in time and open up public interactions.

The artworks are not just put in critical dialogue with the specific architectural context. More remarkably, they are also triggers for further activities of research, public engagement and expansions, including diverse models of supporting the institution, with civic passions and participatory actions. On this perspective depends the rich program of related learning activities and initiatives for the audiences you are welcome to join.

Hou Hanru

Rosa Barba’s special project at MAXXI from April, 11th 2014, on the occasion of the artist donation of Time Machineto the museum

The exhibition revolves around and is animated by universal phrases and themes belonging to the lives of all of us: city and environment, joy and pain, politics and ideology, physicality and intimacy, theatre and performance. The works have been chosen to respond to these issues and presented with articulations of their aesthetic and intellectual quality and the potentials of mutual dialogues.