• Re-cycle
    1 December 2011 - 20 May 2012
    Galleries 1, 2 and Carlo Scarpa Room
    curated by Pippo Ciorra

    Recycling as "one of the greatest generators of creative innovation".
    This is RE-CYCLE. Strategies for Architecture, City and Planet, the major exhibition that MAXXI Architettura is devoting to the architecture of the third millennium and its most innovative practitioners. On show at MAXXI are over 80 works including drawings, models as well as architectural, planning and landscape design projects placed in continuous dialogue with the works of artists, designers and videomakers, with broad contaminations with musical and TV productions.

    The exhibition expands outside the museum with two site-specific installations: Maloca by the Brazilian designers Fernando and Humberto Campana and work shop roma, an installation by the German collective raumlaborberlin.
    The Carlo Scarpa Room instead hosts the photographic exhibition Permanent Error by Pieter Hugo : 27 shots showing through disturbing portraits an immense, apocalyptical high-tech dump in Ghana.

    Level 0 / Outdoor space Maloca, Fernado and Huberto Campana Level 0 / Hall Carlo Scarpa Pietr Hugo - permanent error Level 0 / Gallery 1 Level 1 / Gallery 2


  • Re-cycle
    1 December 2011 - 20 May 2012
    Galleries 1, 2 and Carlo Scarpa Room
    curated by Pippo Ciorra

    The exhibition features both very recent projects, produced by the new environmental sensitivity pervading the work of the designers, and more consolidated and even historicised examples, testifying that recycling is a practice deeply-rooted within the artistic and design professions. Among the most well-known and spectacular “pieces” on show are: the original model of the High Line in New York; a drawing by Peter Eisenman for Cannaregio in Venice, those of Superstudio for the raising of the Colosseum, the images of the Palais de Tokyo in Paris by Lacaton & Vassal and of the Wagristoratore by Pietro Portaluppi in Val Formazza (Verbania), the model of the Trento Tunnel, turned into a museum by Elisabetta Terragni and the images of the project by James Corner transforming a landfill site into a park on Staten Island, NY; the videos with the “recycling” of works by Frank O. Gehry and Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates. Among the most “creative" recycling, Music on Bones presenting the records of Jimi Hendrix and other rock stars pressed onto X-ray plates of a fractured cranium or a tibia in Cold War Russia; an extraordinary MAXXIblob of 1,500 hours that will be screened continuously throughout the duration of the exhibition, the videos of Zbigniew Rybczynski, Nina Fischer & Maroan el Sani, Song Dong and many others.

    High Line
    James Corner Field Operations, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Piet Oudolf New York, NY, Stati Uniti, 2004 - 2009 (Fase I), 2011 (Fase II) 
    The High Line is a new 1.5 mile long public park in New York built on an abandoned elevated railroad stretching from the Meatpacking District to the Hudson Rail Yards in Manhattan. The new park interprets its inheritance, translating the biodiversity in a string of site-specific urban microclimates along the stretch of railway that include sunny, shady, wet, dry, windy, and sheltered spaces. The park accommodates the wild, the cultivated, the intimate, and the social.
    Museo Storico del Trentino
    Elisabetta Terragni - Studio Terragni Architetti Trento, 2007 - 2009  
    The project reinterprets a fragment of transportation infrastructure, converting it to pedestrian use. It frames this shift with city gardens that transfigure the tunnels into symbols of a region that serves as a conduit between the Mediterranean South and the Germanic North. The project merges recycling, restoration and renewal.
    Piero Portaluppi Passo San Giacomo, Val Formazza (VB), 1929 - 1930 
    Conceived in 1929 for the San Giacomo Alpine pass, Piero Portaluppi’s project provided for the building of a restaurant to be housed in two railway carriage set on concrete pillars and linked by a small three-floor masonry chalet with a pitched roof. The Wagristoratore used restaurant and sleeping cars furnished in red velvet and gilded stucco, locating them, raised off the ground, in what was at the time a virtually inaccessible place. Considered to be a potentially dangerous partisan refuge, the Wagristoratore was burned and destroyed during the conflicts in 1944.
    MINIWIZ Taipei - Taiwan, 2008 - 2010 
    EcoARK is an approximately 2,000 square meter pavilion designed to host part of the 2010 Flora Expo in Taipei. Sustainability is the central theme of this building, which employs systems of natural cooling and solar panels to power the LED light fixtures that illuminate EcoARK. The skin of the pavilion is comprised of 1.5 million POLLI-Bricks, modular blocks made from containers in PET (polyethylene terephthalate). In 2009 Taiwan recycled approximately 100,000 tonnes of PET, 80% of the total produced in this country, of fundamental importance given that the island has no room for waste disposal sites.
    Maria Giuseppina Grasso Cannizzo Ragusa, 2000 - 2004 

    The original building was purchased by a couple who, excluding the idea of demolition and reconstruction, accepted the possibility of a radical intervention in order to reorganise the interior spaces. While the building underwent a process of reduction through the progressive demolition of the pre-existing form, the rubble produced was used as building material to create continuity between the first floor and the outdoor area and lay out the new garden.

    Alvéole 14
    LIN Finn Geipel, Giulia Andi Saint-Nazaire - Francia, 2003 - 2007 

    The submarine base of Saint-Nazaire was constructed by the German Navy in World War II on the harbour basin of the old town. This raw and impressive structure was transformed with minimal interference. Two of the 14 former submarine cells were transformed into cultural elements: LiFE, an hall for emerging art forms, and VIP, a “venue for contemporary music.

    Parco dei Suoni
    Pierpaolo Perra (capogruppo / chief architect), Alberto Antioco Loche Riola Sardo (OR), 2003 - 2007 
    The recovery of the abandoned quarries of Su Cuccuru Mannu, for years a waste disposal site and marginal zone, transforming it from an abandoned site into a thematic park. Through the use of sounds, music and expression, the rigid spaces, unexpected adaptability and an evocative value. Sound constitute the “backbone” of the intervention, the latter articulated together with a collection of sound paths that wind through the quarries and surrounding areas.
    Music On Bones
    sconosciuto ex-URSS, 1946 - 1960 
    The production of records on X-ray film was a dissident practice in the former USSR during the Cold War from 1946 to the early 1960s, viewed as anti-USSR activity and punished by 3-7 years of prison. A master disk was pressed onto already-exposed and heated X-ray film, in order to make a kind of phonographic recording, whose barely visible grooves were etched on skulls, chest cavities, and spinal cords of Soviet citizens. Until Stalin’s death, “Music on Bones” – as it was referred to in KGB documents and anti-propaganda movies circulated by the Soviet Government – was the only way to gain access to Western hits.
    Spelling Dystopia
    Nina Fischer & Maroan el Sani Germania - Giappone, 2008 – 2009 Video 17’ 16” 
    Spelling Dystopia
    takes as its subject Hashima, an island off the coast of Japan with a fascinating history. Entirely manmade, the concrete island served as a coal-mining operation that, at its peak of operation, housed some 5,000 inhabitants, at the time the most densely populated place on earth. Abandoned in 1974, when its mineral resources had been exhausted, the island has since taken on a ghostly, mythic status in the national imagination. Fischer & el Sani explore the changing roles of the island throughout its history, capturing the accounts not only of a former inhabitant but also the current impressions of high school students of a place they know only indirectly through representations.


  • Re-cycle

    1 December 2011 – 29 April 2012
    Carlo Scarpa Room
    curated by Francesca Fabiani

    Permanent Error sees the presentation within the ambit of the exhibition Re-Cycle of 27 photographs from a project that features the Agbogbloshie shanty town in Ghana, one of the world’s largest hi-tech dumps where computers, monitors and motherboards are burnt to retrieve copper, brass, aluminium and zinc, producing toxic residues that contaminate the air, water, land and populace. The South African photographer Pieter Hugohas made the e-waste the subject of one of his most intriguing works, presenting an atmosphere somewhere between the bucolic and the infernal in which figures wander around bonfires and piles of electronic waste while cattle and oxen placidly graze amidst toxic miasmas from the ground. A catastrophic scenario with a further warning being launched by the title.

    Digital C-Prints © Pieter Hugo, Courtesy Galleria Extraspazio, Roma; Michael Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town; Yossi Milo, New York Yakubu Al Hasan, Digital C-Prints © Pieter Hugo, Courtesy Galleria Extraspazio, Roma; Michael Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town; Yossi Milo, New York Digital C-Prints © Pieter Hugo, Courtesy Galleria Extraspazio, Roma; Michael Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town; Yossi Milo, New York

    Pieter Hugo, Aissah Salifu, 2009-2010, Agbogbloshie, Accra (Ghana). Courtesy Galleria Extraspazio, Roma; Michael Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town; Yossi Milo, New York (part.)

    Domitilla Dardi, Curator for design MAXXI Architettura

    Fernando and Humberto Campanaare masters of recycling, intended here as the invention of new languages beginning with the transformation of what already exists.
    These two designers have offered the greatest contribution to making the transformation of forms and materials one of the nodal themes of contemporary design. In their work common materials are unreservedly placed alongside much nobler elements. The Campana brothers were the first to have the courage to use recovered materials, leftovers and off-cuttings as components of their objects, as far back as the opulent 1980s and 90s, when this type of proposal was decidedly against the grain.
    Their site-specific installation for the MAXXI mirrors this approach to design, proposing it at a scale that approaches the limits between design and art, between architecture and landscape. A large cantilevered structure offers shelter from inclement weather for the Museum’s visitors, dialoguing with the sinuous architectural forms of Zaha Hadid’s building. The suggestion is that of the Maloca, the native Brazilian hut recalled here in the traditional weavings of synthetic raffia, a product of modern-day technologies. This element is the result of a process of manufacturing in which the authors’ almost craft-based control played a central role.

    Il progetto Maloca è una coproduzione MAXXI – Paolo e Noemia d'Amico



    building materials: cupboard doors, oil barrels, glass bottles, small and large wooden beams, plywood window panels, steel sheets, automobile doors, shop roma is the installation in the outdoor space of MAXXI realised by the German office raumlaborberlin exclusively using recycled materials such as glass bottles, doors and windows, barrels and pieces of wood. These latter in part derive from previous exhibitions at the Museum and the disassembly of a temporary pavilion used as a teaching workshop, constructed in occasion of the exhibition Universo Rietveld. Subdivided into different spaces, the installation resembles a house: a kitchen, a bedroom and, in place of the living room, the space used to host the workshops. The choice to use an intentionally simple building technique was focused on involving non-professionals, a recurring characteristic in the work of raumlaborberlin.

  • Re-cycle

    Photo by Cesare Querci

    Photo by Sebastiano Luciano

  • Re-cycle


  • Re-cycle
    Encounter with Pieter Hugo

    Wednesday 30 November, 6:00 pm

    MAXXI B.A.S.E. meeting room - free admittance

    MAXXI is pleased to present the eagerly-awaited encounter with Pieter Hugo on the occasion of the opening of Permanent Error.

    Re-cycle LAB/01

    Thursday 1 December, 11:00 am

    MAXXI Auditorium - free admittance

    Encounter with the architects of the exhibition Re-cycle
    introduces Margherita Guccione
    presents Axel Sowa
    with the MAXXI Architettura curatorial team, Maria Giuseppina Grasso Cannizzo, Pippo Ciorra, Domitilla Dardi, Alessandro d’Onofrio, Francesca Fabiani, feld 72, Albert France-Lanord (A)rchitects, Francesco Garofalo, Manuel Gausa, Enrico Ghezzi, INDEX Architekten, LIN Architects, Luderwaldt Architekten, Sara Marini, Dinko Peracic, raumlaborberlin, Mosè Ricci, Elisabetta Terragni, Cristiano Toraldo di Francia, Gabriele Mastrigli, Miranda Veliacic, Xenia Vytuleva

    Encounter with Fernando e Humberto Campana
    Thursday 1 December, 21.00

    MAXXI Auditorium - free admittance