MAXXI Rome presents “African Metropolis. An imaginary city”

An exhibition as a journey through a non-existent city capable of recounting the composite, heterogeneous and stratified identity of the contemporary metropolis. An exhibition challenging our idea of the metropolis, which uses the intensity and richness of African art to highlight the beauty and the contradictions of the world of today. 

 

Hassan Mousa La multiplication des éclairs au large de Lampedusa  Ink on textiles 241 x 223 cm  2016  Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Maïa Muller photo credits Rebecca Fanuele

Hassan Mousa La multiplication des éclairs au large de Lampedusa Ink on textiles 241 x 223 cm 2016 Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Maïa Muller photo credits Rebecca Fanuele

 

The exhibition, produced in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation – DGMO, main partner Eni, is part of a broader project strongly supported by Giovanna Melandri, President of the Fondazione MAXXI, dedicated to the vitality of the artistic scene of a continent expanding amidst contradictions and open wounds and is also in line with the museum’s research that sees art and culture as instruments of dialogue and cultural diplomacy. The project also features the exhibition road to justice (22 June – 14 October 2018), curated by Anne Palopoli, a reflection on the complexity of the continent, its suffering, its memory, its possible future scenarios, and a rich programme of encounters with artists, architects and writers, film, dance and live music. (more…)

“Disegno ergo progetto. Ideas and shapes around architecture” at MAXXI Rome

How do signs/drawings constitute the alphabet of architectural construction? With the aim of a rediscovering the meaning of drawing as a manual gesture and the direct link between mind, heart and body, MAXXI is presenting a selection of works from the Architecture Collections and the latest archives it has acquired in order to tackle the theme of architectural drawing as a mental and spatial process before it is actually architectonic.

 

Costantino Dardi Museo immaginario per Giorgio De Chirico (1991) Prospettiva, 1991 China su carta da lucido Courtesy Fondazione MAXXI

Costantino Dardi Museo immaginario per Giorgio De Chirico (1991) Prospettiva, 1991 China su carta da lucido Courtesy Fondazione MAXXI

 

Starting out with the vision offered by Aldo Rossi’s Città Analoga in which all the elements of the city and its representation seem to be present, from the composition by parts to the overlaying of plans, from the commemoration of history to the synthesis of the archetype, a series of architectural drawings testify to how the architect arrives at a design through the medium of drawing. (more…)

“The ephemeral on stage” an hommage to Estate Romana’s ‘Teatrino Scientifico’

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. (more…)

“Yona Friedman. Mobile Architecture, People’s Architecture” at MAXXI Rome

The MAXXI dedicates the YONA FRIEDMAN. Mobile Architecture, People’s Architecture exhibition, curated by Gong Yan and Elena Motisi, which shall take place from 23rd June to 29th October 2017 to Yona Friedman (Budapest 1923), a legendary architect, an exuberant, creative artist transcending disciplines, whose thinking is extraordinarily relevant.

 

MAXXI Spatial, 2017  Fotomontaggio su vista del MAXXI / Photomontages on MAXXI views Courtesy:  Yona Friedman photocredit © Francesco Radino-courtesy Fondazione MAXXI

MAXXI Spatial, 2017, Fotomontaggio su vista del MAXXI / Photomontages on MAXXI views, Courtesy: Yona Friedman, photocredit © Francesco Radino-courtesy Fondazione MAXXI

 

This exhibition, which was organised by Power Station of Art, Shanghai – where it was presented in 2015 – is now hosted by the MAXXI with a new outfitting, conceived together with the architect. Friedman – who built an apparently floating modular structure in 2016 for the Serpentine Gallery of London – believes that anyone can use simple, flexible mobile structures to design and build their own architecture, such as houses and the “spatial cities” that fluctuate over real cities.  (more…)

“Zaha Hadid in Italy” at MAXXI Rome

Considered to be one of the most influential and visionary architects of our time, Zaha Hadid redefined the architecture of the 21st century and captured the imagination of the entire world. A year after her sudden death, MAXXI is hosting “Zaha Hadid in Italy”, an exhibition curated by the director of MAXXI Architettura Margherita Guccione and Woody Yao, associate director at Zaha Hadid Design.

 

Messner Mountain Museum Corones (Kronplatz, Sud Tirolo, Italy) 2012 / 2015 Foto Inexhibit, courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects

Messner Mountain Museum Corones (Kronplatz, Sud Tirolo, Italy) 2012 / 2015 Foto Inexhibit, courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects

 

Zaha Hadid in Italy, organized in collaboration with Zaha Hadid Design, Zaha Hadid Architects and the Zaha Hadid Foundation, intends to highlight the architect’s intensive and enduring relationship with the country. Giovanna Melandri, President of Fondazione MAXXI says: “This exhibition devoted to Zaha Hadid, a creative and innovative woman of great strength and courage, is a tribute to her work and her style, an exploration of the mark she has left in Italy. It is also the most authentic way that MAXXI, “her” creature, could choose to commemorate an extraordinary friend and woman, an eclectic genius who we miss greatly and with whom we subtly converse every day, together with our artists, curators and visitors.”

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“Carlo Scarpa and Japan” a focus on the relationship between the Italian master and Japanese culture

Coinciding with the major exhibition that MAXXI is dedicating to the Japanese house, the “Carlo Scarpa and Japan” exhibition, based on a detailed research of Elena Tinacci, takes us on a journey in which projects, photographs and even unpublished documents tell the story behind of the many connections between Scarpa and Japan.

 

Carlo Scarpa, Ingresso della mostra su Frank Lloyd Wright © MAXXI

Carlo Scarpa, Ingresso della mostra su Frank Lloyd Wright © MAXXI

 

There are many references to the Japanese culture and traditions in the work by Italian architect Carlo Scarpa: the shapes and materials used in the “Padiglione del Libro“, the entrance structure to the Gardens of the Venice Biennale, the designs for his many exhibition stands, like the one for the Mondrian exhibition at the National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome, the essential linearity in the design of outdoor spaces as the courtyard of the Querini Stampalia Foundation in Venice, with layers of water in which its architecture is reflected, or the Brion Tomb itself. (more…)

“The Japanese House. Architecture & Life after 1945” at MAXXI

Tradition and innovation: MAXXI’s new exhibition showcases over 50 Japanese architects’ interpretation of a home, recounting an entire culture’s approach to housing.

 

Sou Fujimoto Architects House NA Tokyo, Japan 2011 Photo: Iwan Baan

Sou Fujimoto Architects, House NA, Tokyo, Japan 2011, Photo: Iwan Baan

 

In the Japan devastated by the Second World War and economically incapable of planning large-scale public settlements, the cities slowly transformed into vital, apparently disordered and continually expanding entities in which small single-family dwellings were built, demolished and reconstructed without pause. (more…)

Alvaro Siza’s “Sacro” installation now at MAXXI

The installation works as a small exhibition approaching the theme of sacredness in the work of the portuguese architect, both in religious and non-religious projects.

 

Facoltà di Architettura di Porto Porto Portogallo 1986-1996 ©  Mimmo Jodice

Facoltà di Architettura di Porto, Porto, Portogallo, 1986-1996 © Mimmo Jodice

 

Alvaro Siza has designed a site-specific installation at MAXXI’s Gallery 2, in which the spaces created by the architect contrast with the museum’s gallery spaces. The display consists of several atlernated spaces in which drawings, photographs, project and object designs, media projections and architectural models reflect on the theme of sacredness in Siza’s work. (more…)

Boa Mistura’s interventions among communities, now showing at MAXXI Rome

The MAXXI’s efforts to put forward independent forms of spaces and thinking continues with the works of Madrid-based artists Boa Mistura. The exhibition “Agopuntura nello spazio pubblico” is a new installment of MAXXI’s ongoing research program, “The Independent”.

 

Boa Mistura San Cris de Colores, Madrid, Spain, 2013 © Boa Mistura

Boa Mistura San Cris de Colores, Madrid, Spain, 2013 © Boa Mistura

 

We see our work as an instrument for transforming the streets and creating links between people. We feel we have a responsibility to the city and the time in which we live. (Boa Mistura)

They met when they were 15 years old and creating graffiti on the walls of their neighbourhood in Madrid. Today they work throughout the world, involving entire communities in the transformation of the streets in which they live through painting. From 22 June the multidisciplinary group Boa Mistura’s work Agopuntura nello spazio pubblico will be opening a new session of THE INDEPENDENT, the museum’s research project on independent thinking curated by Giulia Ferracci and Elena Motisi.


 

Practical information

“Agopuntura nello spazio pubblico”
June 21 – September 18, 2016
The Independent, MAXXI Rome
via Guido Reni 4A,
Rome, Italy

 


THE INDEPENDENT is a research project on the identification and promotion of independent spaces and thinking designed to extend and challenge the limits of established institutions, especially museums, and to stimulate and develop diverse approaches to contemporaneity in the fields of visual arts, architecture, design and social practice.

 

Boa Mistura Somos Luz, Panama City, Panama, 2013 © Boa Mistura

Boa Mistura Somos Luz, Panama City, Panama, 2013 © Boa Mistura

Boa Mistura Somos Luz, Panama City, Panama, 2013 © Boa Mistura

Boa Mistura Somos Luz, Panama City, Panama, 2013 © Boa Mistura

 

Directly connected to the project, the site provides an ever-expanding map monitoring the growth of independent spaces, offering them a forum for exchange and an opportunity to draw attention to their initiatives. With Agopuntura nello spazio pubblico by Boa Mistura furthermore, THE INDEPENDENT is taking on a new guise: in the free spaces of the museum’s stairwell, a digital wall composed of 14 monitors will come to life periodically, presenting the experiences of a selection of Italian and International groups.

 

Boa Mistura Al Karama, Algeri, Algeria, 2013 © Boa Mistura

Boa Mistura Al Karama, Algeri, Algeria, 2013 © Boa Mistura

Boa Mistura Al Karama, Algeri, Algeria, 2013 © Boa Mistura

Boa MisturaAl Karama, Algeri, Algeria, 2013 © Boa Mistura

 

The museum’s research and mobilisation project is further enhanced by the online newspaper Garibaldi, each issue of which takes a multi-faceted look at various themes and geographical contexts.

The first issue IndieISTANBUL – devoted to Istanbul – features contributions in the form of texts, works and interviews from Sait Faik Abasiyanik, Fusun Akbaygil, Simone Ciglia, Federico De Renzi, Cem Dinlenmiş, Cerem Erdem, Herkes İçin Mimarlık (Architecture for All), Elena Motisi, Didem Ozbek, Donatella Saroli and Ali Taptik.

 

Boa Mistura Luz Nas Vielas – Beleza, San Paulo, Brasil, 2012 © Boa Mistura

Boa Mistura Luz Nas Vielas – Beleza, San Paulo, Brasil, 2012 © Boa Mistura

Boa Mistura Luz Nas Vielas – Beleza, San Paulo, Brasil, 2012 © Boa Mistura

Boa Mistura Luz Nas Vielas – Beleza, San Paulo, Brasil, 2012 © Boa Mistura

Boa Mistura Luz Nas Vielas – Beleza, San Paulo, Brasil, 2012 © Boa Mistura

Boa Mistura Luz Nas Vielas – Beleza, San Paulo, Brasil, 2012 © Boa Mistura

 

Invited to take part in THE INDEPENDENT, the Boa Mistura collective has chosen to present Agopuntura nello spazio pubblico, a selection of materials from the project for social change Crossroads, aimed at vulnerable communities with a high risk of marginalization.

Within the ambit of architectural and planning experiences, in fact, THE INDEPENDENT is paying particular attention to independent work in areas “of crisis” or those characterised by complex socio-political dynamics. Urgent needs are frequently sources of inspiration: conflicts, emergencies and critical situations stimulate the activities of these groups, which respond by proposing non-institutional solutions or creating self- commissioned projects.

 

Boa Mistura Mi Raiz Es, La Habana, Cuba, 2015 © Boa Mistura

Boa Mistura Mi Raiz Es, La Habana, Cuba, 2015 © Boa Mistura

Boa Mistura Mi Raiz Es, La Habana, Cuba, 2015 © Boa Mistura

Boa Mistura Mi Raiz Es, La Habana, Cuba, 2015 © Boa Mistura

Boa Mistura Mi Raiz Es, La Habana, Cuba, 2015 © Boa Mistura

Boa Mistura Mi Raiz Es, La Habana, Cuba, 2015 © Boa Mistura

 

“Our working process is open and active, based on intuition and contacts with the community. It is modified each time, adapting to the peculiarities of the place”, say the members of the Boa Mistura group, “The tool of our trade is painting. It interests us due to its evocative power, its power to inspire and the immediacy of the results. It’s accessible, it doesn’t need specific training and it’s universal, arousing the spontaneous intervention of all the inhabitants who then appropriate the work.”

 

Boa Mistura Caminos de Agua, Somoto, Nicaragua, 2015 © Boa Mistura

Boa Mistura Caminos de Agua, Somoto, Nicaragua, 2015 © Boa Mistura

Boa Mistura Caminos de Agua, Somoto, Nicaragua, 2015 © Boa Mistura

Boa Mistura Caminos de Agua, Somoto, Nicaragua, 2015 © Boa Mistura

 

With Agopuntura nello spazio pubblico the 14 monitors show images, videos and interviews documentaing the works Luz Nas Vielas, Sao Paulo, Brazil; Al Karama, Algeri, Algeria; Somos Luz, Panama City, Panama; San Cris De Colores, Madrid, Spain; Caminos De Agua, Somoto, Nicaragua; Mi Raíz Es, Havana, Cuba, realised within the context of various emergencies.

South Africa, Mexico, Panama, Algeria, Georgia, Cuba, Brazil, Kenya, Colombia, Nicaragua and Chile, in every community Boa Mistura has succeeded in establishing contacts with the local community through participatory dynamics, the inhabitants of the areas in which the group has worked have been involved in actions of aesthetic improvement that modifies perception of the places, reinforcing people’s relations with and in the space in which they live.

 

Boa Mistura San Cris de Colores, Madrid, Spain, 2013 © Boa Mistura

Boa Mistura San Cris de Colores, Madrid, Spain, 2013 © Boa Mistura

 

BOA MISTURA

Boa Mistura (Madrid) is a multidisciplinary group composed of architects, artists, illustrators and engineers with roots in graffiti, born in late 2001 in Madrid. The group has exhibited its work at the Biennials in Havana, Venice and Panama and at the Museo Reina Sofia, La Casa Encendida (Madrid) Museo DA2 (Salamanca) and CAC Málaga. Group members teach at the ETSAM school of architecture in Madrid.


 

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“Gabriele Basilico, architecture and city” photographs from the collections of MAXXI in Madrid

The exhibition is a journey through several Italian and international cities -Rome, Milan, Genova, Naples, Palermo, Beirut- envisioned through the eyes of one of the most important interpreters of contemporary photography.

 

Roma, Palazzina San Maurizio © Gabriele Basilico

Roma, Palazzina San Maurizio © Gabriele Basilico

 

The Italian Cultural Institute of Madrid presents, as a part of the International Photography Festival PHOTOESPAÑA2016,  the exhibition “Gabriele Basilico, architecture and city. Photographs from the collections of MAXXI”, curated by Margherita Guccione with Simona Antonacci. (more…)