Rome ITALY 29 May 2010: opening for MAXXI, the National Museum of XXI Century Arts designed by Zaha Hadid
MAXXI is the first Italian national museum devoted to contemporary creativity.
Following the architectural preview last November, this is the most eagerly awaited moment for the new museum and features a rich and international program.
The idea for SPACE was prompted by Zaha Hadid's fluent forms and fully interprets MAXXI's interdisciplinary nature. Around 90 works from the Art collection (including works by Alighiero Boetti, Anish Kapoor, William Kentridge, Sol Lewitt, Giuseppe Penone, Grazia Toderi and Francesco Vezzoli) will be exhibited along a route winding inside and outside the museum, where they will dialogue with site specific installations by 10 international architecture studios (including Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Lacaton & Vassal Architects and West 8).
As part of the exhibition, a work by Studio Azzurro, Italian Geographies, will occupy a 40-metre wall: an interactive account of the last 60 years of Italian architecture, composed of film clips, interviews, photographs and drawings, freely reinterpreted and assembled in spectacular fashion. This work and the installations will enhance the MAXXI Architecture collection.