[Installation] reconstruction of the ‘Teatrino Scientifico’ by Franco Purini and Laura Thermes at MAXXI

June 23, 2017

Estate Romana -Roman Summer- was an initiative that took cultural activities out of their traditional homes into the streets, the archaeological sites, the parks and public space. On the occasion of its 40th anniversary, MAXXI has partially reconstructed of one of its most iconic locations: the Teatrino Scientifico.

 

Interiors of the Teatrino scientifico by Franco Purini & Laura Thermes, Il meraviglioso Urbano, via Sabotino, 1979  © Courtesy Fondazione MAXXI

Teatrino scientifico by Franco Purini & Laura Thermes, Il meraviglioso Urbano, 1979 © Fondazione MAXXI

 

Forty years after its original installment, MAXXI remembers ‘Estate Romana‘ through the recontruction of one of it’s most symbolic structures: the Teatrino Scientifico of Franco Purini and Laura Thermes.

Under the name of “The ephemeral on stage“, MAXXI is presenting a project that, with a series of shows, conferences and workshops devoted to discussion of its heritage and its currency, celebrates the 40th anniversary of the first edition of the Estate Romana and underlines the potential of cultural and artistic activities as primary instruments of the redevelopment of the city and the communities that inhabit it.


 

Practical Information

The ephemeral on stage
An hommage to Estate Romana’s ‘Teatrino Scientifico’
23 June  – 22 October, 2017
MAXXI outdoor piazza
Via Guido Reni, 4 Roma
Italy

 


Born out of the need to react to the troubled atmosphere suffocating Rome during the years of terrorism and criminality, the Estate Romana, conceived and promoted by Renato Nicolini under the mayorships of Giulio Carlo Argan and Luigi Petroselli took cultural initiatives out of their traditional homes into the streets, the archaeological sites, the parks and the public space.

 

Franco Purini & Laura Thermes. Teatrino Scientifico di Via Sabotino, Roma 1979  © Courtesy Fondazione MAXXI

Franco Purini & Laura Thermes. Teatrino Scientifico di Via Sabotino, Roma 1979 © Courtesy Fondazione MAXXI

Franco Purini & Laura Thermes. Teatrino Scientifico di Via Sabotino, Roma 1979 © Courtesy Fondazione MAXXI

Franco Purini & Laura Thermes. Teatrino Scientifico di Via Sabotino, Roma 1979 © Courtesy Fondazione MAXXI

 

For the third edition of 1979, the architects Franco Purini and Laura Thermes were invited to transform the constellation of single initiatives into a coordinated project on an urban scale, the Parco Centrale, in order to extend the focus of Rome’s urban life well beyond the old circle of the Aurelian walls and to offer an initial response to the marginalization of the suburbs.

One of the works that constituted the backbone of this ephemeral city (designed by U. Colombari, G. De Boni, F. Purini, D. Staderini, L.Thermes) was the Teatrino Scientifico in Via Sabotino.

 

Teatrino scientifico  by Franco Purini & Laura Thermes, Il meraviglioso Urbano, via Sabotino, 1979  © Courtesy Fondazione MAXXI

Teatrino scientifico by Franco Purini & Laura Thermes, Il meraviglioso Urbano, via Sabotino, 1979 © Courtesy Fondazione MAXXI

 

MAXXI, in collaboration with the Purini Thermes studio, is reconstructing in the museum piazza part of the original theatre, conceptually representing what Nicolini loved to call the Urban Marvel, “capable of producing movement, of formulating new hypotheses, of renewing culture and politics itself”.

A project that, with a series of shows, conferences and workshops devoted to discussion of its heritage and its currency, celebrates the 40th anniversary of the first edition of the Estate Romana and underlines the potential of cultural and artistic activities as primary instruments of the redevelopment of the city and the communities that inhabit it.


 

News source: MAXXI
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