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).

However, it is the exhibition SPAZIO that portrays the spirit of the museum - and will be the first thematic presentation of MAXXI's Art and Architecture collections. It has been curated by an interdisciplinary group composed of Pippo Ciorra, Alessandro D'Onofrio, Bartolomeo Pietromarchi and Gabi Scardi with a an accompanying catalogue edited by Stefano Chiodi and Domitilla Dardi (30 May 2010 – 23 January 2011).

The initial stimulus for SPAZIO came from the dense texture of superimposed spaces of Hadid's architecture. This presentation, which fully interprets MAXXI's interdisciplinary nature, will include more than 80 works from the Art collection (including works by Alighiero Boetti, Anish Kapoor, William Kentridge, Sol Lewitt, Giuseppe Penone, Grazia Toderi and Francesco Vezzoli) exhibited along an itinerary winding inside and outside the museum, in dialogue with site specific installations by 10 international architecture studios (including Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Lacaton & Vassal Architects and West 8). As part of the exhibition, an installation by Studio Azzurro, Italian Geographies, will occupy a 40-metre wall. An ad hoc section will be devoted to the NETinSPACE a project curated by Elena Giulia Rossi. SPACE will also include a tribute to Fabio Mauri and the two works created by Maurizio Mochetti and Massimo Grimaldi for MAXXI's 2per100 competition.

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From MAXXI’s Collections of Art and Architecture
Kuratoren: Pippo Ciorra, Alessandro D'Onofrio, Bartolomeo Pietromarchi, Gabi Scardi
Künstler: Alighiero e Boetti, Anish Kapoor, William Kentridge, Sol Le Witt , Giuseppe Penone, Grazia Toderi, Francesco Vezzoli, Diller & Scofidio , Lacaton & Vassal Architects , West 8 ,...