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MAXXI - Museo Nazionale Delle Arti del XXI Secolo
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Owner description: 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. From December 2013 Hou Hanru is the Artistic Director of the museum, which includes MAXXI Architecture, directed by Margherita Guccione, and MAXXI Art, directed by Anna Mattirolo.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 out time.The MAXXI building is a major architectural work designed by Zaha Hadid, located in Rome's Flaminio quarter and featuring innovative and spectacular forms.
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“must see!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2012

we loved it!
the building itself is a landmark.
few exhibits, but great ones.
would absolutely recommend it.

Visited May 2012
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“nice change from touristy, ancient/renaissance rome”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2012

MAXXI, the museum of 21st century arts, which was a welcome change from seeing renaissance churches and ancient ruins. =) set far away from the maddening tourist crowd, MAXXI seems also slightly out of place in what is a really quiet, nondescript residential neighboring. but once you step in through the gates, you get a refreshing whiff of tasteful design and a beautiful exterior play space for kids to play and interact and for parents to lie back , bask in the sun and relax.

i love such a concept of a museum to be honest — to double up as a public space where the public can interact with exhibits and not treat “art” as merely something that is encased in a high security frame with ubiquitous “do not touch” signs. MAXXI exudes an air of friendly amicableness and lightness, which continues on inside the building, with ergonomic curves as the predominant architectural theme.

architecture aside, MAXXI showcases some really cool exhibits that makes you think. I think a part of the museum appeal is that you can go by yourself and not feel any bit lonely or ill-at-ease, because all the artworks are like friends wanting to talk to you and share their point of view. its an enriching experience indeed. my favourite exhibits would be doris salcedo’s plegaria muria and giorgio andreotta calò’s pitch black pinhole room.

both exhibits take up entire rooms and swallow the observer up within their art-spaces. plegaria muria is a sobering exhibit of multiple tables stacked on top of tables with soil in between and green grass growing from the top table, signifying the graves of the many “statistical” deaths in Columbia, in bid to restore some semblance of humanity to the lives, hopes and dreams lost. observers navigate through the haphazardly arranged tables, almost as though navigating through a maze, with the austerity of the design and just the repetition in pattern swallowing them into this art-space.

giorgio andreotta calo’s exhibit similar swallows the observer up, but this time in a completely black, dark room (unintentionally i guess), in order to create a gigantic pinhole camera (where the viewer is now inside the camera), projecting the scenery around the museum into this dark room, and using water below to create the righted-up image through reflection. it’s a truly immersive experience – its really pitch black initially and you have to grope at the railings the enter (guided by a guide) and there is a true ganzfeld sensation until u approach the main gallery and see the reflected image. to be honest, i initially thought the image was so drawing, and was astounded when it was explained to me that it was a actual picture of the scenery outdoors. pretty wild!

read more here http://theendangeredsartorialist.com/2012/06/01/rome-sight-seeing-maxxi/

Visited June 2012
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“Empty concrete and glass bunker”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2012

Standing outside the entrance door and ripping up 22 Euros should lead to a more intense emotional experience than anything you will find inside.

The place is virtually empty and what is there beggars belief. I have included a picture taken inside the gents toilet showing the rather impressive stainless steel walls complete with neat stainless coat hanger ....a real masterpiece of minimalistic design.

Visited May 2012
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“Definitely a Hadid building for architecture buffs”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2012

If you only have a couple of days in Rome, this wouldn't be on your list. However, if you like contemporary art and architecture, then it is worth a trip outside the core of the city (plan for a 2 hour visit). Take a taxi from the Spanish Steps area and you'll be there in 10 minutes. The first floor has a space for architecture exhibits, the other floors feature thought-provoking contemporary art (titles in Italian & English but descriptions in Italian). You can see in this building how Hadid, the architect, has refined her style since Cincinnati's museum (USA, 2003). The museum is not crowded and there are comfortable seats throughout for taking time to sit & experience the art. As in other Hadid buildings, there are a lot of stairs. For souvenirs, go across the courtyard to the art store on the same grounds. The cafe inside museum only seats about 8 people and serves small sandwiches and espresso. The tram is about two-blocks east and comes every 20 mins for getting back to the center of the city.

Visited May 2012
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“Nothing to see”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2012 via mobile

11 euro for entrance. Not worthy. 5 galleries inside with modern art instalations. Nothing special. The building itself is worth to bee seen. Restaurant Maxxi is to be avoid for sure. They serve brunch for 18 euro but almost everything is cold and not fresh prepared.

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