Officially inaugurated in May 2010 in the Flaminio district, the National Museum of XXI Century Arts (MAXXI) has an extensive permanent collection of contemporary art, continuously increased through many different projects, prizes for emerging talents, gifts and contests. Its visit is a real dive in the 2.0 art, during which you can get in touch with the different artistic movements that have marked the beginning of the new century and known, by means of exhibitions, what's new on the horizon.
Designed by architect Zaha Hadid (Baghdad 1950), MAXXI is presented as a multi-disciplinary center of over 25,000 square meters for research and experimentation in the arts, including exhibition halls and galleries for performances and educational initiatives, auditorium, library and media, reception services, cafes and a restaurant-bar. Inside the center you can distinguish two great museums, MAXXI art and MAXXI architecture, managed by the homonymous foundation of the Ministry of Heritage and Culture.
The building occupies the space of the disused Montello barracks, in the historic center of Rome. Zaha Hadid predicted its structure as a "geomorphic" building, that points out the layered past of the city in which it is housed.
Like any contemporary cultural sites, the MAXXI gets occasional and frequent visitors at the same time. It is designed to give full advantage to its many users, reason why it has a library and it hosts many presentations and conferences. The same museum space lends itself easily to be benefited by the viewer, who is trapped in a linear path, but invited to choose individually the paths to follow, enjoying beautiful panoramic views on architecture and the city.
Depending on your interests you can choose to start your visit to the MAXXI Art or MAXXI Architecture, being these last the first national museum of this kind in Italy. The MAXXI architecture aims to be a center for documentation and research on architectural culture past and present in their relationship with the Italian landscape, proposing several retrospectives on the main protagonists of the Italian Novecento, flanked by important art exhibition of emerging projects, which allow you to participate to the wide range of multi-sensory experiences, which are typical of contemporary culture (industrial design, art installations and environmental, visual communication, etc.).
The MAXXI art exhibitions has a permanent collection, currently consisting of over 300 works, and also temporary exhibitions of a personal nature or thematic, designed to understand current multi-disciplinary and multi-media artistic phenomena without distinction between Italians and foreigners: in this sense the visit of the MAXXI can never be said exhaustive, allowing increasingly confronted with new exciting proposals of contemporary art.
In addition to the two main areas, it's important finally to remember the collection of photography, created as a tool to tap into the real record and the historical conditions of the country as far as the artistic language in itself, and the so-called special collection, where there are collected prototypes and design objects derived from cultural projects and research carried out by the museum itself.
Street address: Via Guido Reni, 4 / A, 00196 Roma
Opening Hours: Mar-Wed-Thu-Fri-Sun 11:00 to 19:00; Sat 11:00 to 22:00. The ticket office closes one hour before. Closures: every Monday, May 1, December 25
Tickets: € 11.- full price; € 8.- reduced fee.