Waht is there
In Rome, there are not only “old stones” like the Colosseum, but also contemporary art to see. And you can do that in the architectural eye-catcher MAXXI on 29,000 m². It’s hard to believe that MAXXI (Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo) was the first Italian institution dedicated to contemporary art.
Since the museum is not as centrally located as perhaps other museums are, one naturally wonders: is it worth the trip to get there? In addition to the permanent exhibition, which includes a collection of artists such as Francesco Clemente, William Kentridge and Gerhard Richter (to name just a few names), there are constantly new special exhibitions and interesting projects. And this has to be seen, or rather experienced! Because the MAXXI is fully committed to an experience visit!
The MAXXI is also the first architecture museum in all of Italy (MAXXI Architettura). In it, an incredible variety of designs, photos, and models by well-known architects and designers of the 20th and 21st centuries are on display. Among them are names like Carlo Scarpa, Pier Luigi Nervi or Paolo Soleri.
Actually, MAXXI as a building is in itself a pure work of art. The futuristic-looking building, impressive from the outside, is also a feast for the eyes on the inside: dark staircases, wide walkways, large rooms that meet winding corridors, staged lighting effects and staged military barracks that are meant to remind visitors of the former building. However, all this does not seem oppressive, does not distract, but on the contrary, it gives us fantastic perspectives from the most diverse angles.
The entire exhibition site is simply more than “just” a museum. The institution offers space for research, workshops, events or learning initiatives. Thus, in addition to a bookstore, an auditorium, there is also a library and media library. (MAXXI Research, Education and Training and MAXXI Development). Inside, as well as outside, there is a bistro, seating and thus space for communication and interaction.
You will see, the whole campus is full of life and that makes your visit to MAXXI unique. The permanent exhibition of MAXXI, which was unfortunately closed at the time of our visit, is composed of different genres of art. You can see contemporary sculptures and paintings, abstract geometric works and also architectural drawings.