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“splendid building, great futuristic architecture”

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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“splendid building, great futuristic architecture”
Reviewed August 9, 2012

Definitely worth a visit for an incredibly designed museum architecture of the future. It is a kind of place where Biennalles should be held. The current special exhibit of the 21st photographs of the Austrian-Italian confrontation during the First World War is very interesting. It is a shame that the museum has a nerve to charge 11 Euros for a feeble collection of a couple of items of Italian modern art. The museum is destined for bigger things but the admission fee is a turn off. It gets tiresome after a while to pay such a huge fee for all Italian museums, old and new. I hope the future tourists choose wisely and start ignoring some of these so-called museum and exhibits seemingly designed just to rake in hapless and cornered (captive audience?) tourists money.

Visited August 2012
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“Great building”
Reviewed July 30, 2012 via mobile

The building is as everybody says very exciting to explore, even though it's not yet been put to full use. The collection is interesting, mainly Italian, and fits the spirit of the place (the focus is spatial, with a lot of architecture, sculptures, installations and textile art ). All in all, the collection doesn't reach the full potential of the building, but the building in itself is a must - a good counterbalance for classic Rome and absolutely worth seeing (children will love it, too). The restaurant across the yard is great as well - we tried the lunch buffet which offers a great range of bio food, very artistically conceived. The place doesn't seem too popular yet, which is sad, but on the other hand it's a great break from the hysteria of the popular sights in the centre.

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“Terrific buliding but disapointing exhibitions”
Reviewed July 22, 2012 via mobile

The buliding is more interessting than the exhibitions. Only a few modern artists but nothing really exicting or outstanding or new.

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“must see!”
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”
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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