“The Street. Where the world is made” at MAXXI Rome

More than 140 artists and over 200 works to compose the multicultural, polyglot, colorful, scary, stimulating, deafening story of the streets of the whole world, the real great laboratory for discussion, creation, comparison, where the contemporary era is invented.

 

«The Big Duck», shop in the shape of a duck on the highway on Long Island, Flanders, New York, ca. 1970 © Venturi Scott Brown and Associates; courtesy by Museum im Bellpark Kriens from the “Las Vegas Studio”-project curated by Hilar Stadler and Martino Stierli

 

They took to the streets with invasions, surprises, disturbances, break-ins, rebellions; they have involved people, communities, have offered new points of view. Starting in the 1960s, it was the artists who believed that the road was the modern intellectual, social and political battlefield. (more…)

“Dario Passi. Forma Urbis” at MAXXI Rome

An homage to the recently deceased architect and artist, made through the presentation of architectural drawings in which the unique use of the medium of painting is the instrument through which constructed reality is investigated and revealed.

 

"Dario Passi. Forma Urbis" © Dario Passi

“Dario Passi. Forma Urbis” © Dario Passi

 

Some of the emblematic works that sanctified Dario Passi’s abandonment of architecture in favour of painting will be shown. At the entrance to the Architecture Archives Centre are two large oil canvas paintings, recently acquired, that represent a kind of cultural legacy of Dario Passi, whose activity over time passed from architectural practice, always carried out through high quality graphic representations, to tout-court artistic creation. (more…)

“Home Beirut. Sounding the Neighbors” at MAXXI Rome

A new chapter of the series of Interactions across the Mediterranean dedicated to the relationship between Europe and the Middle East. The story of a city, a laboratory of resistance, artistic innovation and hope seen through over 100 works by 36 artists.

 

Haig Aivazian_02 Rome Is Not In Rome (Stadion), 2016 Fer-forgé, leather upholstery Courtesy the Artist and Sfeir-Semler Gallery Beirut-Hamburg

Haig Aivazian, Rome Is Not In Rome (Stadion), 2016 Fer-forgé, leather upholstery Courtesy the Artist and Sfeir-Semler Gallery Beirut-Hamburg

 

Cultural diversity, the memory of war, the effervescence of the present, the profound urban transformation, the prospects for the future: all these are Home Beirut. Sounding the Neighbors, at MAXXI from 15 November 2017 to 20 May 2018. The exhibition, curated by Hou Hanru and Giulia Ferracci is a new chapter of the project Interactions across the Mediterranean which, after focussing on the contemporary art scene in Iran (2014-2015) and Istanbul (2015-2016) this time turns to Beirut, a dynamic city processing the past and acting as a laboratory for the future; it does so through over 100 works by 36 artists, expressions of an inter-Mediterranean culture enjoying vigorous growth. (more…)

“Zevi’s Architects. History and counter-history of Italian Architecture 1944-2000” at MAXXI Rome

On the occasion of the centenary of his birth, MAXXI is devoting a major exhibition to the figure of Bruno Zevi and his multifaceted work as historian, lecturer, occasional designer, politician and radio and television broadcaster. On show, together with magazines, books, posters and audio and video documentation of his work, the designs of 38 of the architects he promoted from Carlo Scarpa to Pier Luigi Nervi, from Franco Albini to Maurizio Sacripanti, from Piero Sartogo to Renzo Piano.

 

Giancarlo De Carlo | foto di Olivo Barbieri, Collegi universitari a Urbino, 2015

Giancarlo De Carlo | foto di Olivo Barbieri, Collegi universitari a Urbino, 2015

 

Architecture is not composed solely of building, projects and drawings, there are also certain intellectuals, theorists and historians who with their critical, civic and also political commitment helped influence national and international architectural affairs throughout the 20th Century. (more…)