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Visit to The MAXXI Museum – Museo Nazionale delle arti del XXI Secolo

The MAXXI museum, designed by Zaha Hadid, is a building composed by oblong bending tubes, overlapping, intersecting and piling over each other to resemble an enormous transport infrastructure. The permanent collection includes works by: Alighiero Boetti, William Kentridge, Gilbert & George, Anish Kapoor, Gerhard Richter, Maurizio Cattelan, Vanessa Beecroft.

The MAXXI is one of Italy’s most important museums of contemporary art, designed by architect  Zaha Hadid, and located in Rome’s Flaminio neighbourhood. This on site class will outline the history and evolution of the museum, from its institution to its transformation in Art Foundation, investigating its function, its mission, its critical responsibility, and its social and cultural role on a national and international level. On the occasion the class will tour the museum and visit the exhibitions of contemporary art, among which the video artist Fiona Tan’s latest work, Inventory, born out of the allure of the private home and museum of Sir John Soane in London: a collector who had an authentic fascination towards Rome and its history. Alighiero Boetti a Roma is an exhibition which presents the legendary artist’s relationship to the city of Rome through thirty works which narrate Boetti’s search of an identity, the creative impact of his contacts with the East, while also underlining how the capital’s artistic community was influenced by his practice. Francesco Vezzoli’s TheTrinity, a collaborative project between MAXXI, MoMAPS1 and MOCA is the first extensive international retrospective show of Francesco Vezzoli, displaying 15 years of work in three separate but related exhibitions, each one examining in depth the fundamental aspects of his body of work.


For this occasion MAXXI is transformed into a over-decorated 17th century style museum. The exhibition, titled Galleria Vezzoli, will focus especially on Vezzoli’s vocation to artistic quotation, social and aesthetic investigation, with a specific section dedicated to the artist’s self-portraits. Lastly the visit will reflect on the outdoor space of the museum which will host YAP MAXXI 2013 winner, awarded to the Italian studio bam! bottega di Architettura sostenibile. YAP is a programme for the promotion and support of young architecture offering an emerging architectural studio the opportunity to design an installation capable of offering visitors a space for the museum’s summer events and a place with “shade, water and room to relax”. This year’s winner will present the installation He, a large-scale but lightweight piece of architecture, that will float in the air above the MAXXI piazza, providing shade and water-games by day and light by night.