40 years on from his death, MAXXI is dedicating a major retrospective to him that studies and presents his versatility, starting out with an account of his architecture.
Il mondo di Altan raccontato con disegni originali, poster, illustrazioni, quadri, schizzi, tavole, libri e filmati.
A focus show on the architecture of Louis Kahn through the photographs of Roberto Schezen.
In the year of its 10th anniversary, MAXXI chooses to give great space to Italian creativity, by hosting the winners of the competition held by the MiBACT Italian Council.
For the first time, MAXXI dedicates a focus to a critic's archive, one of the most important intellectuals and writer of the last half-century, who died at the age of 87 in 2017.
A retrospective on the extraordinary theoretical and practical contribution of an “unusual architect”. On display materials from archives and collections from all over the world.
In occasione del decennale dalla scomparsa della studiosa, gallerista e collezionista, il MAXXI le rende omaggio con un focus nella sala del museo a lei dedicata.
In conjunction with the Museum’s 10th anniversary, celebrated on 30th May 2010, a great new re-installation has enhanced the museum with a new cluster of Italian artworks from the turn of the century.
Cinque appuntamenti per raccontare l’evoluzione di un linguaggio che ha saputo attraversare gli ultimi decenni di storia.
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curated by Gong Yan and Elena Motisi
The exhibition, born out of the collaboration with the Power Station of Art in Shanghai presents the intense and conflictual relationship between the Utopian dimension of design and its realization through the work of Yona Friedman.
The theory of mobile architecture, conceived by Friedman in 1950s, called into question the Modernist vision whereby the inhabitants are required to adapt to a building and not the reverse: through sketches, models and animations the exhibition recounts the development of this theory while at the same time exploring the theme of improvisation as a “possibility” in the world of architecture, as theorised by Friedman from the 1970s.
(Budapest, 1923) is a Hungarian-born French architect. Starting in 1958 with his Manifesto de l’Architecture Mobile he has formulated and championed the idea that the inhabitant should be the sole conceptor of his own living premises within a spaceframe structure that would allow individual variations. His theory influenced avant-garde groups like the Japanese Metabolists, Archigram […]Full bio
The Architecture Mobile (Mobile Architecture) manifesto largely affected the urban planning of the late Twentieth Century, and gave rise to a new ideology by deeply influencing the architectural planning of more recent experimental groups, especially the Metabolist Movement in Japan, the Archigram group in the United Kingdom and others. Friedman studied how to develop an architectural structure able to respond to the heterogeneity of the social system, namely the awareness citizens are to have of their spatial needs. Such a vision, which attaches the greatest importance to those who use architectural objects instead of architects, leads to the need for an easily movable mobile architecture to suit the spatial needs of inhabitants. Indeed, common people, who are at the core of the decision-making process despite not being specialised, have the freedom to make their own architecture come true. The Ville Spatiale (Spatial Town), namely a project based on shapes and structures which can allegedly be modified an infinite number of times, is the best implementation of the Mobile Architecture model.
The use of Irregular Structures is one of the founding ideas of Mobile Architecture. Based on a causal configuration, Irregular Structures are participative by nature, and can be learnt autonomously following a personal experimentation. Their aims is to enable users to construct buildings by following simple instructions. Irregular Structures include: GRIBOUILLI (Scribbles) are improvised three-dimensional structures (Space Frames) made from tangled metal wires, the high stability of which is ensured by intersection points; CRUMPLED SHEETS are improvised structures. Their underlying principle includes the use of a mouldable foil which can be crumpled according to personal needs; THE ROD NET is a freely arranged reticular spatial structure composed of rigid rods linked by use of joints, creating a usable space; SPACE CHAINS: structures made up of rings assembled in different ways.
The Ville Spatiale (Spatial Town) is the core concept of Friedman’s work. The project consists in an elevated grid which contains the main ducts and area corridors (streets), inside which single homes following principles that ensure natural light, privacy, and accessibility are inserted. The ground under the Spatial Town stays practically intact. The Spatial Town is an unpredictable invention where the actual architects are its inhabitants and users. For the MAXXI exhibition has been conceinved a large-scale model of the Ville Spatiale that interacts with unpublished drawings and photomontages by the architect, which depict his vision of Rome and the MAXXI and visually represent his method.
Like a small cell in the Spatial Town, Friedman’s house in the 15th arrondissement of Paris at the beginning of the 1960s is overwhelmed by manuscripts, models, toys and all kinds of materials collected by himself. The exhibition contains more than hundred drawings, photos and models which map out the main phases of his creative process. From the cover of the first edition of Architecture Mobile, through visions of the Ville Spatiale up to the Cylindrical Shelters and Cabins for the Sahara projects. In the exhibition, a detailed study is dedicated to the Museum of Simple Tecnology and an extremely relevant and imaginative refugee camp project.
2004 saw Friedman launch his Street Museum project, which invited citizens to display objects of significance to them in a very flexible structure. Street Museum typologies vary in accordance with the context and the Street Museum at the MAXXI contains objects collected through an open call organised by the museum in May 2017.