After exploring the historical center or Rome on a Segway tour, head north to discover one of the most important contemporary building in whole Italy! It is the MAXXI, the National Museum of 21st Century Arts. There are many reasons why this building, a peculiar mix of contemporary art and architecture in Rome, may catch our attention.
To start off, it is the first Italian national institution devoted to contemporary creativity. Also, it was designed as a multidisciplinary space by Zaha Hadid and committed to experimentation and innovation in the arts and architecture. The MAXXI has been acclaimed as “Hadid’s finest built work to date” and a masterpiece fit to sit alongside Rome’s ancient wonders.
To tell a bit about Zaha Hadid, she was born in Bagdad and graduated in Mathematics from the American University in Beirut. She then moved to London, where she studied architecture at the Architectural Association and obtained her degree in 1977.
Her work is a revolutionary research bordering on town planning, architecture and design. Her innovative way of representing the project overturns the way we examine space, revealing new potentialities; it bestows on traditional elements of construction unforeseen communicative capabilities; it gives shapes new strength and dynamism.
The MAXXI consists of two museums: “MAXXI art” and “MAXXI architecture”. In addition to the two museums, the MAXXI also features an auditorium, a library and a media library specialized in art and architecture, a bookshop, a cafeteria, a bar/restaurant, galleries for temporary exhibition, performances, educational activities. The large public square designed in front of the museum is planned to host art works and live events.
This museum is open every day of the week!
For current exhibitions, check their webpage http://www.maxxi.art/en/collezioni-architettura/