Opening Exhibitions at MAXXI - National Museum of XXI Century Arts Print
Friday, 23 April 2010 07:36


When: Open To The Public: 30 May 2010
Where: MAXXI - via Guido Reni 4a – 00196 Rome, Italy


MAXXI presents:
“SPACE” from MAXXI’s art and architecture collections
GINO DE DOMINICIS: the Immortal
LUIGI MORETTI ARCHITECT. From Rationalism to Informalism
KUTLUG ATAMAN. Mesopotamian Dramaturgies

27, 28 and 29 May 2010: three days of events to celebrate the opening of MAXXI -  National Museum of XXI Century Arts designed by Zaha Hadid Architects. The museum will open to the public on Sunday 30 May, crowning the long-standing commitment by the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage & Activities and the Ministry of Infrastructure.
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MAXXI is the first Italian national museum devoted to contemporary creativity. With support from the Italian Minister for Cultural Heritage Sandro Bondi, the museum is managed by the MAXXI Foundation, Pio Baldi President, and directed by Margherita Guccione (MAXXI Architettura) and Anna Mattirolo (MAXXI Arte).

Following the architectural preview last November, MAXXI is delighted to announce a rich and international program.

The inaugural exhibitions are: GINO DE DOMINICIS: l’Immmortale, curated by Achille Bonito Oliva (30 May – 7 November 2010); LUIGI MORETTI ARCHITETTO. From Rationalism to  Informalism, curated by Bruno Reichlin and Maristella Casciato (30 May – 7 November 2010); KUTLAG ATAMAN. Mesopotamian Dramaturgies, curated by Cristiana Perrella (30 May – 12 September 2010).

However, it is the exhibition SPACE that contemplates the spirit of the museum - and will be the first exhibition of MAXXI’s Art and Architecture collections. Curated by an interdisciplinary group composed of Pippo Ciorra, Alessandro D’Onofrio, Bartolomeo Pietromarchi and Gabi Scardi. Catalogue edited by Stefano Chiodi and Domitilla Dardi (30 May 2010 – 23 January 2011).

The idea for SPACE was prompted by the dense texture of superimposed spaces of Hadid’s architecture and fully interprets MAXXI’s interdisciplinary nature. Around 90 works from the Art collection (including works by Alighiero Boetti, Anish Kapoor, William Kentridge, Sol Lewitt, Giuseppe Penone, Grazia Toderi and Francesco Vezzoli) will be exhibited along a route winding inside and outside the museum, creating a dialogue with site specific installations by 10 international architecture studios (including Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Lacaton & Vassal Architects and West 8). Visitors will be guided through an exploration of the vast and complex concept of space, understood in the environmental and the intimate senses, as a place of the imagination and as a political and social dimension. As part of the exhibition, a work by Studio Azzurro, Italian Geographies, will occupy a 40-metre wall: an interactive account of the last 60 years of Italian architecture, composed of film clips, interviews, photographs and drawings, freely reinterpreted and assembled in spectacular fashion. This work and the installations will enhance the MAXXI Architecture collection.

An ad hoc section will be devoted to the NETinSPACE project curated by Elena Giulia Rossi: a journey exploring the cross contamination between virtual and physical worlds through works by Miltos Manetas, Bianco-Valente, Stephen Vitiello and others. SPACE will also include a tribute to Fabio Mauri and the two works created by Maurizio Mochetti and Massimo Grimaldi for MAXXI 2per100 competition.

GINO DE DOMINICIS:
l’Immortale. On the occasion of its opening, MAXXI has organized the first and most exhaustive retrospective ever devoted to the artist, a key figure in Italian contemporary art and extremely influential to younger generations of Italians, yet to be revealed to an international audience. Through the display of over 130 works, the exhibition explores the entire course of a wholly original strand of research that transcends any particular trend or movement. Among the works on show is the gigantic Cosmic Magnet, which is over 24 metres long.

LUIGI MORETTI ARCHITETTO.
From Rationalism to Informalism. Architect, publisher, gallerist, director and academic, Moretti was one of the protagonists of 20th century architectural culture that represents – together with eye on the future – one of the key points of MAXXI Architecture’s mission. The exhibition features drawings, models and photographs of his works while also focusing on his relationship with art and his work as a director for the periodical Spazio. The exhibition has been organized jointly with the Architectural Academy and the Archive of the Modern of the Università della Svizzera Italiana and with the Central State Archive.

KUTLUG ATAMAN. Mesopotamian Dramaturgies. Born in Istanbul, Ataman is one of the most interesting contemporary artists. Mesopotamian Dramaturgies is will be exhibited in its entirety. Eight video works reflect on the problematic relationship between East and West, modernization and tradition, globalization and the persistence of local cultures, underlining MAXXI attention to new media and its international mission, connecting different cultures. The artist has chosen to work in one of the most ancient areas of Turkey, the south-east.

MAXXI 2per100: two new works for MAXXI collection
MAXXI’s inauguration will coincide with that of the two works realised for MAXXI 2per100 competition, Straight Lines of Light in Curvilinear Hyperspace, in the museum atrium, is an installation of light and sculptural elements by Maurizio Mochetti, defined by the artist as a “spatial barometer”. The exterior will feature Massimo Grimaldi’s video Emergency’s Paediatric Centre in Port Sudan Supported by MAXXI documenting the phases in the construction of Emergency’s new hospital in Sudan, financed with the 2per100 funds which the artist has devolved to the project.


MAXXI – National Museum of XXI Century Arts
via Guido Reni, 4 A - 00196 Rome, Italy

Open to the public: from 30 May 2010
Opening hours: from Tuesday to Sunday 11.00-19.00; Thursday 11.00-22.00; closed Mondays
Tickets:  €11; up to 14 years of age free; groups of 10 to 50 people €7 per head; groups of over 50 people: €5 per head.
Closed: 1 May, 25 December


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