MAXXI is the first national museum dedicated to contemporary creativity. It was inaugurated in May 2010 and is managed by a private law Foundation established by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism. Furthermore, in 2013 it was recognized as a private research organization. Designed as a great campus for culture, MAXXI was designed by Zaha Hadid, winner of an international competition, and is a great architectural work with innovative and spectacular shapes. It produces and hosts art, architecture, design and photography exhibitions, as well as fashion, cinema, music, theater and dance performances, lectures and meetings with artists, architects and protagonists of our time. MAXXI is much more than a museum: a platform open to all the languages of creativity and a meeting place, for exchanges and collaborations, a space open to all.
The MAXXI is located in the Flaminio district of Rome, where a former abandoned barracks once stood. In an area of 29 thousand square meters with a large open square in the center, it also houses an auditorium, a research center with library and archives, a bookshop, a cafeteria and a bar / restaurant. The architectural complex is integrated into the fabric of the city and constitutes a new open urban space, articulated and “permeable” to the passage. Inside, a large, full-height hall leads to the galleries that stretch out over three floors, designed to rotate permanent collections, exhibitions and cultural events. Glass, steel and concrete give the exhibition space a neutral appearance while the movable panels guarantee the flexibility of the exhibits. The fluid and sinuous shapes, the varying and intertwining of the levels determine a spatial plot of great complexity, offering different and unexpected itineraries.
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