MAXXI – Museo nazionale delle Arti del XXI secolo (Rome)

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MAXXI museum, Via Guido Reni, 4A, Rome

The MAXXI not only consists of two museums – “MAXXI art” and “MAXXI architecture” – but it also features an auditorium, a library and media library specialized in art and architecture, a bookshop, a cafeteria, a bar/restaurant, galleries for temporary exhibition, performances, educational activities. Architecture wise, the building has been acclaimed by The Guardian as “a masterpiece fit to sit alongside Rome’s ancient wonders.” The building is a composition of bending oblong tubes, overlapping, intersecting and piling over each other, resembling a piece of massive transport infrastructure. The large public square designed in front of the museum is planned to host art works and live events. The outdoor courtyard surrounding the museum provides a venue for large-scale works of art. According to its creator, architect Zadda Hadid, “I see the MAXXI as an immersive urban environment for the exchange of ideas, feeding the cultural vitality of the city.” The idea was to move away from the idea of “the museum as an object” and towards the idea of a “field of buildings”. It’s no longer just a museum, but an urban cultural centre where a dense texture of interior and exterior spaces have been intertwined and superimposed over one another.