press release

27, 28 and 29 May 2010: three days of events to celebrate the opening of MAXXI – the National Museum of XXI Century Arts designed by Zaha Hadid Architects. The museum will open to the public onSunday 30 May, crowning the long-standing commitment by the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage & Activities and the Ministry of Infrastructure.

MAXXI is the first Italian national museum in Italy devoted to the contemporary creativity.The museum is managed by the MAXXI Foundation, Pio Baldi President, and directed by Margherita Guccione (MAXXI Architettura) and Anna Mattirolo (MAXXI Arte).

The inaugural exhibitions are four: GINO DE DOMINICIS: l'Immortale, 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);KUTLUG ATAMAN. Mesopotamian Dramaturgies, curated by Cristiana Perrella (30 May – 12 September 2010).

GINO DE DOMINICIS: l'Immortale. On the occasion of its opening, MAXXI has organized the first and most comprehensive retrospective dedicated to the artist. De Dominicis is a key figure in Italian contemporary art, who is extremely influential to a younger generations of Italians, while yet to be fully 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.

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Gino de Dominicis
Kurator: Achille Bonito Oliva