MAXXI, Museo nazionale delle arti
MAXXI, Museo nazionale delle arti
Conceived as a broad cultural campus, MAXXI is managed by a Foundation constituted in the July of 2009 by the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities and headed by Giovanna Melandri. The programming of the activities – exhibitions, workshops, conferences, shows, projections, educational projects – reflects MAXXI’s vocation as a place for the conservation and exhibition of its collections but also, and above all, a laboratory for cultural experimentation and innovation, for the study, research and production of the aesthetic contents of our time
MAXXI represents an awareness of the importance of promoting the current creative expressions of a nation such as Italy, characterised by centuries of primacy in the artistic and architectural fields. The aesthetic tensions of our time are, in fact, the extension of the artistic and cultural expressions of past eras, albeit through radically different expressive forms. MAXXI’s mission is therefore that of promoting and developing this sense of continuity, projecting it towards the future
"MAXXI COLLECTION. THE PLACE TO BE"
Gallery 1 – admittance free for everyone from Tuesday to Friday and every first Sunday of the month
Gallery 2 – admission with the museum entrance ticket
curated by Margherita Guccione and Bartolomeo Pietromarchi
MAXXI is reconfiguring and tripling the spaces devoted to its permanent collections from 6 May. The presentation of the collection begins in the museum piazza featuring three new large-scale installations: Mareo Merz by Elisabetta Benassi, Anima by Mircea Cantor and Winter Moon by Ugo Rondinone. It then proceeds without interruptions on the ground floor, with a new permanent video gallery, while Gallery 1 houses a space devoted to the heart of the museum’s documentary collection: the Archive of the Incontri Internazionali d’Arte. The itinerary then proceeds with over 60 works of art, architecture and photography, with pieces from the Sixties through to the most recent period.
"INCONTRI INTERNAZIONALI D’ARTE 1970 – 1981"
curated by Luigia Lonardelli
A new exhibition space containing material selected from the Incontri Internazionali d’Arte archive has been created for The Place To Be, namely the new set-up of the MAXXI permanent collection.
The itinerary exhibits this archive for the first time, thereby enabling the consultation of hundreds of digitalised documents and turning a private space into a place where memories are shared.
Thousands of documents, photos, audio and video recordings constitute a fundamental resource for the historical and critical reconstruction of the last decades
For this important event, the archive presents material showing the association’s first years of activity, from 1970 to 1981. That art season, which was enlivened by critic Achille Bonito Oliva, was fundamental for the artistic development of the following years.
KEMANG WA LEHULERE
27 September 27th to November 26th, 2017
Gian Ferrari Hall
curated by Britta Färber and Anne Palopoli
How many stories are to be found in our history? Some have been erased, rewritten or forgotten. How should they be told and by whom?
History and time, memory and the artist’s role in society are just some of the major themes tackled in the work of Kemang Wa Lehulere, the Deutsche Bank’s Artist of the Year 2017, whose first solo show in Italy is being presented by MAXXI together with Deutsche Bank. “Bird Song” is a unitary project focusing on the dialogue between the works of Kemang Wa Lehulere and those of Gladys Mgudlandlu (1917-1979) who in the Sixties was one of the first black artists to exhibit their work in a gallery in South Africa: landscapes and numerous birds, which earned her the nickname “Bird Lady”.
Kemang Wa Lehulere, who grew up in the same quarter in Gugulethu, searches for traces of those paintings, bringing to light a number that inspired this project. The works of the two artists establish a dialogue of back-and-forth references: We Lehulere places his works alongside those of Gladys Mgudlandlu, allowing the works themselves to comment on and respond to one another.
"ZAHA HADID IN ITALY"
June 23rd to January 14th, 2018
curated by Margherita Guccione, Woody Yao
One of the most influential and visionary architects of our times, Zaha Hadid has redefined the architecture of the twenty-first century and captured the imagination of the whole world.
One year since her untimely death, MAXXI is devoting to her The exhibition Zaha Hadid in Italy. Focusing on Hadid’s projects in Italy, the exhibition highlights her intense and productive relationship with our country, presenting projects and works created by means of various instruments of representation, research, and experimentation that she honed in the course of her career; from pictorial and conceptual sketches to three-dimensional models, from virtual representations to the more recent interdisciplinary studies addressed to the application of new solutions and technologies, in a pioneering effort of investigation in design. The exhibition presents a portrait of Hadid’s multifarious personality, it is conceived as a walk through; starting from the built work and projects in design development in Italy, to product design. The gaze of Hélène Binet, a photographer who has been one of the most mindful of Hadid’s production over the years, interprets the strength and the dynamism of the architecture with a series of intense photographs that provide new details of her works. The constant drive towards an interdisciplinary search for new design methods is also presented in the sections dedicated to CoDe (Computational Design) and to ZHA Design DNA, a window on the creative legacy that the studio has fully welcomed. To paraphrase Zaha Hadid, there should be no end to experimentation.
"ARTAPES. HOME BEIRUT SOUNDING THE NEIGHBORS"
November 15th to February 11th, 2018
Video gallery – free entrance for all from Tuesday to Friday and every first Sunday of the month
Curated by Hou Hanru and Giulia Ferracci
On the occasion of Home Beirut Sounding the Neighbors – the exhibition aimed at analysing important phenomena of contemporary society through the city of Beirut – artapes, the screening programme carried out in cooperation with In Between Art Film, will devote its fourth event to the presentation of videos made by some of the most interesting artists of the international scene.
By use of screenings and debates with directors, as well as introductions by critics, curators, and experts, the festival encourages spectators to better know the story of cinema and the role of the media in Beirut. Generally speaking, it dwells upon the great themes that are currently debated in our society: memory, borders, individual freedom, conflict and reconciliation, and joy as a form of resilience. The project includes retrospectives devoted to the individual authors and a thematic focus, conceived as a complex, stratified portrait of the city.
"GRAVITY. IMAGING THE UNIVERSE AFTER EINSTEIN"
December 2nd to April 29th, 2018
curated by Luigia Lonardelli, Vincenzo Napolano, Andrea Zanini
scientific advice: Giovanni Amelino-Camelia
Space-time, crises, confines: an exploration via mutually dependent and interconnected key concepts
In 1917, Albert Einstein published an article that gave rise to modern cosmology and transformed the models of the cosmos and the universe hitherto imagined by scientists and thinkers, revolutionising the concepts of timeand space. One hundred years on from this publication, MAXXI is dedicating an exhibition to one of the figures to have had the greatest influence on contemporary thinking. The project is the result of a unique collaboration between the museum, the Italian Space Agency and the National Institute of Nuclear Physics for the scientific side and the Argentine artists Tomás Saraceno for the artistic aspects.
MAXXI, Museo nazionale delle arti
Art Director: Bartolomeo Pietromarchi
Address: Via Guido Reni, 4/A, 00196 Rome, Italy
Opening Hours: Tue, Wed – Fri, Sun 11AM – 7PM; Sat, 11AM – 10 PM