Since two years there’s a new reason to visit Rome the ‘Eternal’ city, it calls MAXXI -Museo per le Arti del XXI secolo-. This structure, which project is by the Iranian Architect Zaha Hadid, winner of the 1998 contest, it’s a spectacle it self. Before the realization of the museum the mood of this city area was completely different, a military structure was based on, and nowadays the actual structure incorporates this building. A great square, part of the project, is in front of the museum. This is the right place to meet people spending free time, hanging around, and studying inside and outside the museum, children running and artists performing.
The fluxes of the structure contain the development of space, so that art works and architectural projects can be shown to all its curious visitors. The museum develops in different levels, all these are like ‘accidentally’ crossing their-selves, and equally the interior ‘accidentally’ meets the exterior, offering large views on the panorama. Hanging inside the museum’s spaces you have the feeling to walk inside your place, I mean to experience a place that takes you in his arms and comfortably guides you around.
Thinking about a museum of 2012, what we expect for?
I especially think to a place where I can go and spend some time, not only the time needed to visit the exhibitions, but an extra time, that of relax, that of talking, that of talking about what I’ve seen or what I’m gonna see, that to enjoy the beautiful day, that to study or research, that of life.
As an international culture demands and expects, the MAXXI structure fully follows these criterias, and enriches the ‘eternal’ landscape of Rome. Thanks also to a sparkling program, the museum is deeply engaged in a rich program of culture’s internalization, showing all possible performances concerning everywhere in the world. Last but not least the exhibition ‘Indian Highway’ is a good example, a travelling platform to introduce and explain how Indian people develop their own concept of India through art, beside this, and as usual for this structure born as an architectural master piece, there is ‘Re-cycle’ about architectural projects, an exhibition which shows all the positive aspects of recycle, where a special study is presented by the south African photographer Pieter Hugo, witness of the occidental world electronic recycling circuit.
Cristina La Rocca
25 January 2012