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One could literally say “two museums in one” for this month’s Museum of the World: MACRO, the museum of contemporary art in Rome. When two idle industrial complexes, a brewery and a slaughterhouse, were given to the city, both sites were restored and adapted to host a leading cultural center dedicated to the promotion of contemporary art in Rome. Very different in character, MACRO in Via Nizza was designed by the French architect Odile Decq, who connected the different spaces with a dynamic series of staircases, passages, galleries and elevators. The second location, MACRO Testaccio, was obtained during the restoration of the old slaughterhouse in the Testaccio district, a trendy neighborhood now famous for the large number of cultural events aimed mainly at young audiences.

With its two locations, MACRO is a catalyst for contemporary culture in the capital.


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